Still Life Trailer — CBC Adaptation of Louise Penny’s Book Airs this Month

If you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Gamache books, or of actor Nathaniel Parker, or of the wonderful scenery of Québec’s Eastern Townships, or just of crime drama — mark September 15th on your calendar.  The CBC’s two-hour adaptation of Louise Penny’s first novel, Still Life, will air that day.  You can check out some author and cast interviews here.

Downton Abbey Series 4 Trailer

Downton Abbey will begin its fourth series on September 22nd on ITV.  You can check out the new trailer here.

PBS viewers will have to wait until January 5th for all the well dressed drama.

What Remains – New Crime Drama Coming Soon to BBC

The first of four episodes of new series What Remains will air on the BBC sometime between Saturday, August 24th and Friday, August 30th.

When a couple moves into a small apartment building they follow a leak in their ceiling and discover the remains of a former tenant who disappeared two years ago – not that any of her fellow inhabitants reported her missing.

The cop assigned to the case is one week away from retirement (which he’s dreading) and becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth.  As he investigates, each one of the tenants will be revealed to be more than they seem.

I’ll pass along the exact air date once it’s set.  In the meantime, you can read a more detailed synopsis here.

Vera Series 3 – Finally a Few Details

ITV has released the press pack for series 3 of Vera.  Go here for a summary of each of the four new episodes: Castles in the Air, Poster Child, Young Gods, and Prodigal Son.  It appears that the series may begin in either the last week of August or the first week of September.  I’ll pass along the exact date and time once it is announced.

New Shows Still to Come This Year

Luther may have concluded its final series this week in suitably operatic fashion (although US viewers will have to wait until September) and Endeavour completes its run this Sunday on PBS, but never fear — there’s more to look forward to.

Here are just a few of the coming -soons:

BBC cop dramedy New Tricks will begin its tenth series next week on July 30th.  This time out the series may see a few episodes more heavily weighted on the drama side as two of the main characters are being written out this season.

On PBS The Lady Vanishes will play on August 18th and series seven of Foyle’s War, set in the post war era with Foyle now working for MI5, will begin broadcasting on September 15th.

Also, not yet scheduled but said to be airing this year:  the third series of Vera and the fourth series of Whitechapel both on ITV, and the BBC’s Quirke about a 1950s Dublin pathologist/investigator starring Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In Treatment) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore from Harry Potter and many other excellent things).  The Quirke DVD has a release date of August 26th so presumably the three 90 minute episodes will air soon.

Of course there will also be series four of Downton Abbey, The Paradise series 2, Sherlock (maybe), and more.  As dates and times become available I’ll pass them along.