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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Lewis and Scott & Bailey

Don’t’ forget that Lewis returns to PBS this Sunday, October 5th at 9 for the first of three new episodes. You can watch a scene from the episode here.

Also, Scott & Bailey fans will be glad to know that episodes of series four are currently available on YouTube here.