Luther Returning to the BBC! (and much more)

Okay, it’s only for two, one hour episodes – but who cares! The new episodes won’t air until late next year, but Idris Elba is worth waiting for.

Also new next year will be: a four-parter dealing with murder in rural Scotland; a series that imagines a Scotland Yard detective working in a 1940s Nazi controlled London; a Brighton based ensemble cop show; an 1886 secret agent series; a contemporary political thriller; and a second series of Top of the Lake.

For more info on these new shows and others you can read the BBC press release here.

Great News – More Masterpiece in 2015!

Thanks to Masterpiece sponsor, Viking Cruises, there will be 20 more hours than usual of Masterpiece to enjoy next year. In addition to all of the returning favorites, starting on January 18th will be six-parter Grantchester, about a 1950s crime-solving vicar and, on April 5th, the first of six episodes of the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall.

Endeavour Will Return

After the cliff hanger at the end of the second series put Morse behind bars and Inspector Thursday near (please only near!) death, ITV was almost honor bound to commission another series. Still, it’s nice to make it official. Endeavour will return to ITV next year for four new episodes. No word yet on the state of Thursday’s health…

Also returning for another series is DCI Banks. DCI Banks and his team will tackle six new gloomy , and entertaining, Yorkshire-based crimes.

Vera Series 5

Good news – ITV has commissioned another series of Vera which is filming now for broadcast in 2015. The sad news is that David Leon, who played D.S. Joe Ashworth, will not be returning.

Actor Kenny Doughty will take on the role of Vera’s new right hand, D.S. Aiden Healy. It will be interesting to see how they get along!

Foyle Returns — Again!

Despite some rumors to the contrary, ITV has just announced that Foyle’s War will return for three new episodes.  Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks will reprise their roles, which will see Foyle and Sam caught up, once again, in the dangerous world of post-WWII espionage.

The new series is expected to air in early 2015.