Reminder: Foyle’s War is Back on PBS and Still Life Comes to the CBC

Tonight (Sunday, September 15) at 9pm, Foyle’s War returns to PBS after over three years.  The new seventh series is set in the post war era with Foyle now working for MI5.  You can watch a preview here.

Still Life, the adaptation of Louise Penny’s first Gamache book, will also air tonight on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

Still Life Trailer — CBC Adaptation of Louise Penny’s Book Airs this Month

If you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Gamache books, or of actor Nathaniel Parker, or of the wonderful scenery of Québec’s Eastern Townships, or just of crime drama — mark September 15th on your calendar.  The CBC’s two-hour adaptation of Louise Penny’s first novel, Still Life, will air that day.  You can check out some author and cast interviews here.

Louise Penny’s Still Life – Update on the CBC Movie Adaptation

In August I posted about an interview with author Louise Penny that I heard on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) about her latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel, The Beautiful Mystery.  I mentioned that the CBC was adapting the first novel of the series, Still Life, into a tv movie.

Now, Ms. Penny reports on her blog that filming has already started in the Eastern Townships of Québec.  Also (very exciting) is the news that Nathaniel Parker of Inspector Lynley fame has been cast in the role of Gamache.  I take it as a hopeful sign about the quality of the production that such a well-known and accomplished actor is playing the lead.

In the coming weeks I’ll let you know about some brand new ITV and BBC commissions that we can look forward to, and I’ll also pass along the premiere dates for drama and crime shows debuting early in the new year.

In fact, now that I think of it, here are three that you won’t want to miss:

Ripper Street – January 19 and Spies of Warsaw – February 6 — both on BBC America.  Also, Justified – January 8 on FX.

Louise Penny on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition

On the August 26th broadcast of CBC radio’s the Sunday Edition there was an interview with international bestselling crime author (and fellow Canadian) Louise Penny.  In it the author talks about her new Chief Inspector Gamache novel, The Beautiful Mystery.  I haven’t read it yet but I definitely will.  It’s set in an isolated monastery in which all of the monk inhabitants have taken a vow of silence (excluding Gregorian chanting of course) – quite a challenge for a murder investigation!

The interview was a part of the Sunday Edition’s ongoing beach reads series – books of all kinds by Canadian writers that are good bets for an enjoyable summer read.  At the end of the interview it was mentioned that Louise Penny’s first Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Still Life, is going to be made into a tv movie.  Check out the press release details here on Louise’s blog.  Here’s hoping that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) does as fine a job with it as the BBC or ITV might.

Interesting Note:  The interviewer asked Louise Penny what she’s reading this summer.  She recommended non-fiction crime novel The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.  The novel, by Kate Summerscale, is about one of the first great Scotland Yard detectives and the 1860 murder case that ruined his career.  ITV made a series based on the novel.  I’ve neither read the book nor seen the series but an endorsement from Ms. Penny is enough to encourage me to give both a try.

Interesting Note 2:  This evening I’m actually going to go hear Louise Penny give a reading from A Beautiful Mystery.

Interesting Note 3:  For more interviews, info, links, etc. featuring Canadian and international authors check out The Next Chapter – a CBC Radio program hosted by the very charming Shelagh Rogers.