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!

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!