Coming Soon (ish) to PBS

These shows have already aired (or are currently running) in the UK, but US fans won’t have to wait for too long —

Series 3 of Call The Midwife will debut on March 30th.

The second series of The Bletchley Circle will begin on Sunday, April 13th.

Last Tango in Halifax, series 2, will air starting June 29th.

Visit PBS for more information about these and other shows coming in 2014.

Inspector George Gently and DCI Banks are Back

Fans of 60s era Northumberland crime drama, George Gently, will be happy to know that both Inspector Gently and DS Bacchus survived the gunshot wounds they received at the end of the last series.  They may be slightly battered (especially Bacchus) but they’ll soon be back at work solving four new cases.

Episode one is set to air on Thursday, February 6th.

Also returning is moody Yorkshire crime drama DCI Banks.  The series, based on the novels of Peter Robinson, will consist of six new episodes (three two-part stories).   You can watch the trailer here and then tune in to ITV on Monday, February 3rd for the first episode.

In the US George Gently is available for streaming on Netflix and Acorn TV.  The first two series of DCI Banks were broadcast on PBS so there is hope that the third may find its way here as well.

 

True Detective – Something deep and dark

HBO’s new eight episode crime drama True Detective debuts on January 12th.  The show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as former Louisiana homicide detectives who are called back when a present day case echoes a ritualized murder that they investigated in 1995.

If that premise isn’t enough to signal that this is no happily ever after, justice prevails sort of tale, then the trailer should do it.

Despite making use of a few well-worn tv premises, early reviews suggest that the quality of the acting, directing, and production, as well as the palpable Louisiana setting, make this iteration well worth watching.

Holiday Season on the BBC

The BBC is cramming a lot of excellent drama into the end of this year and the beginning of the next. 

Last Tango in Halifax will complete its second series on December 24th, Call the Midwife has its Christmas special on the 25th, the adaptation of P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley will air its three episodes on December 26th, 27th and 28th, and on December 30th will be the one-off adaptation of mystery novel, The Thirteenth Tale, starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Now for the new year — not only is Sherlock returning on New Year’s Day, but episode two (John’s wedding!) will follow quickly on the 5th.  On January 6th, Father Brown returns for the first of 10 new episodes, with a new episode airing each weekday afternoon.  Also returning in the first week of January is long-running series Silent Witness.

Happy Holidays!

The Bletchley Circle Returns

Series two of this code-breaking crime drama will return to ITV on January 6th.  The new series will consist of four episodes which will make up two, two-part stories.

The first story picks up a year after the events in series one.  Another former Bletchley Circle woman is on trial for murder and only her fellow decoders can save her from the noose.

In the second story one of the women gets inadvertently involved in shady dealings and is kidnapped.

Series two will air on PBS sometime during spring 2014.  I’ll send along exact dates once they are announced.

New Sherlock Trailer

In case you’ve somehow missed it, here’s the new trailer for season 3.  Sherlock returns two years after his supposed death when London is under threat of an imminent terrorist attack.  It looks as if slipping back into his old life is not going to be as easy as he expects.  Good stuff!

The first of the three new episodes will air January 1st on the BBC and January 19th on PBS.

Breaking News — Sherlock Season 3 Begins January 19th, 2014!

Fans rejoice.  The BBC may not have set a UK air date yet, but PBS has announced that the new, three episode, series of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will begin airing on January 19th at 10pm.