Holiday Season on PBS

This Christmas, PBS viewers can enjoy a Call the Midwife holiday special on December 25th and a one-off Sherlock episode (the Abominable Bride) on January 1st.

The return of Idris Elba in Luther should also be available from BBC America after its broadcast on December 17th.
Happy viewing!

New Series of Lewis!

Series 9 of Lewis begins tomorrow (October 6th) on ITV. The series will consist of three separate two-part episodes.

You can watch a promo here.

No word yet on when PBS will air the episodes, but it probably won’t be until 2016.

New Crime Drama on Acorn TV

Those of you with an Acorn TV membership will be able to enjoy a whole host of new British crime dramas over the next few weeks.

The complete series 7 of George Gently is already available, as is each episode of series 5 of Vera.

The first two episodes of new dysfunctional cop/serial killer drama, Chasing Shadows, are up, with the final two arriving over the next two weeks.

Finally, Partners in Crime, the BBC’s adaptation of two of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels, will become available starting September 3rd.

New Sherlock Clip!

Check out the brief clip here.

Sherlock is due to return to PBS/BBC for a standalone Special and a new series of three episodes. No airdate has been mentioned yet beyond a “coming soon-ish”, although the snow in the clip makes me wonder if the Special might air during the holiday season.

Soon-ish might not be soon enough for fans but it’s certainly better than nothing! I’ll send along more details as they become available.

Partners in Crime Coming Soon

Now that we have had to bid adieu to ITV’s Poirot, it’s the BBC’s turn to take up the Agatha Christie challenge.

Their first effort will be two new Tommy and Tuppence Beresford adaptations. Christie wrote four Tommy and Tuppence novels (and some short stories) that follow the couple’s sleuthing adventures.

The two novels being adapted this time are The Secret Adversary and N or M? and will be set in the 1950s. Both will consist of three episodes and are due to begin sometime this month (July).

No trailer or exact date yet but you can check out the press release here.

Wayward Pines Episode 1 Free Now

Not sure that a 10-part FOX miniseries about a secret service agent trapped in a creepy Brigadoon-esque town is for you? Well for a (probably) limited time, you can get the first episode free on Amazon. Check out a trailer here.

Vera Series 6

More good news – series 5 of Vera is currently airing on ITV, but apparently series 6 is already in the works.

Production is due to start in the summer, with a broadcast date sometime in 2016.

Lewis to Return

Good news – ITV has officially announced that Lewis will return for a ninth series of six new episodes. There will be a bit of a cast shake up. Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent (actress Rebecca Front) will be replaced by a new fast-tracker type who will, of course, clash with Lewis. Otherwise all the regulars will be back.

Production is set to start in May. No word yet on a transmission date.

Broadchurch and Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War will return to ITV for 3 new episodes starting Sunday, January 4th. US fans don’t have long to wait either, the new series will be available on Acorn TV from February 2nd.

On PBS, also on the 4th, will be the first new Downton Abbey episode.

The next night, January 5th, Broadchurch begins its eight-part series two. You can watch a promo here.

Finally, or firstly, don’t forget the Call the Midwife holiday special airing on December 25th on PBS. Here’s a preview.

Lewis – Not Over Yet!

Lewis will return to ITV (and undoubtedly PBS) for a ninth series. In a recent interview Kevin Whately revealed that filming for the new series will begin in May/June next year.

These new episodes, combined with a third series of Endeavour (already commissioned), will keep the Morse universe alive for at least another year.

Excellent!