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.

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Death Comes to Pemberley, Elementary, The Fall and Fortitude

The first of two episodes of Death Comes to Pemberley (the adaptation of P.D. James’ homage to Pride and Prejudice) aired on Sunday, October 26th on PBS.  The episode is available online here until November 10th – find out if Wickham is a killer or just a cad.

Also, although the year is rapidly winding down, there are still some shows to watch out for.

Fans of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller’s Watson and Holmes (or those who will take any kind of Sherlock that they can get) will be happy to know that Elementary returns for its third season this Thursday, October 30th.

Series two of the well-shot and acted (if disturbing) The Fall, begins on the BBC in the second week of November (exact date and time to be confirmed).

Finally, is Sky Atlantic’s 12 part series Fortitude, set in the arctic and staring, among other greats, Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon and Stanley Tucci. Need I say more? True, it probably won’t air until January 2015, but it’s promising enough to deserve the extra anticipation time! Here’s the trailer.

Christie and the BBC – and a Lewis Trailer!

Now that ITV has aired the final Poirot episode, it’s the BBC’s turn to take on the Agatha Christie canon. Their first two commissions include a new adaptation of, And Then There Were None, and a six-part series featuring Christie’s husband and wife sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence.

In the meantime, those craving a golden age fix can enjoy a Miss Marple double-header on PBS this Sunday, September 21st  – A Caribbean Mystery and Greenshaw’s Folly.

Also, check out the new promo for Lewis. PBS will air the first of three new episodes on October 5th.

Our Zoo Coming Soon to BBC One

This looks like it could be good – Our Zoo is a six part series that follows the efforts of a traumatized war veteran (played by the excellent Lee Ingleby – think Inspector Gently’s sidekick) to open England’s first zoo without bars.

Here’s a short promo.

The first episode will air Wednesday, September 3rd at 9.

New Tricks Series 11 and Scott & Bailey

Fans of the BBC dramedy about a bunch of ex-coppers solving cold cases can look forward to the first of ten new episodes sometime during the week of August 16th to the 22nd.

Also coming soon is the fourth season of ITV’s Scott & Bailey (no date yet). In the meantime, the first two seasons are currently available for free streaming on Hulu.

New Crime Drama — Happy Valley and Hinterland

Two new crime dramas begin next week on the BBC.

Happy Valley is a six-parter about the botched kidnapping of a young girl. You can watch a promo here and then tune in for the first episode on Tuesday, April 29th at 9.

Hinterland is set in Wales. DCI Tom Mathias, fresh from the Met in London, will investigate four separate crimes. The first concerns the dark past of a former children’s home. The show will air on Monday, April 28th at 9. Here’s a promo.

 

Interesting Fact: The filming of Hinterland appears to have been quite the undertaking – brutal weather aside; they had to film all the scenes with dialogue twice. Once in English and once in Welsh!

Reminder: Series 2 of The Bletchley Circle and Series 3 of Call the Midwife are currently airing on Sundays on PBS. You can catch up on the first few episodes of both online.

George Gently on Acorn TV

US Gently and Bacchus fans don’t have to wait to see the new series.  In fact, subscribers to Acorn TV can already watch the first episode, even though it doesn’t air on the BBC until Thursday.  Acorn will put up a new episode every Monday for the next three weeks.