Grantchester Returns this Sunday

Grantchester returns to PBS this Sunday for a Christmas special to be followed by six new episodes.

Also starting on Sunday, My Mother and Other Strangers, a five-part drama set in Northern Ireland during WWII.

You can watch a trailer here.

A few end-of-year options

This blog has been very short on postings lately as I’ve been working on getting my crime novel—Too Far to Fall—ready for publication after it’s long and arduous journey through the wacky world of publishing. I’ll post my cover and a blurb once it’s out in the world.

In the meantime, in the next few weeks both ITV and the BBC should release their Christmas promos. A Grantchester Christmas Special has already been announced and who knows what else might be in store!

To tide you over you could check out The Night Manager on Amazon Prime, Doctor Foster on Netflix, or one of the new Australian crime dramas currently available on Acorn TV—Winter, Jack Irish, or Deep Water.

For lighter fare, and also on Acorn TV, there’s Agatha Raisin (based on the books by M.C. Beaton), and the New Zealand based The Brokenwood Mysteries.

 

 

Grantchester Christmas Special

Filming will begin soon for 6 new Grantchester episodes and a Christmas special that will air this coming holiday season.

ITV promises “a festive, snow-filled Christmas episode full of emotion and drama.” Sounds good–even if probably not very holiday happy ending-y.

For more info on what to expect for the rest of series 3 go here.

No word yet on a PBS transmission date.

Call the Midwife Christmas Special on PBS

Call the Midwife’s Christmas special is set to air on the BBC on December 24th and for once North American viewers will not have to wait much longer — PBS has announced that it will air the special on December 29th.

Season 3 of the series will begin airing on PBS on Sunday, March 30th, 2014.

 

Holiday Season on the BBC

The BBC is cramming a lot of excellent drama into the end of this year and the beginning of the next. 

Last Tango in Halifax will complete its second series on December 24th, Call the Midwife has its Christmas special on the 25th, the adaptation of P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley will air its three episodes on December 26th, 27th and 28th, and on December 30th will be the one-off adaptation of mystery novel, The Thirteenth Tale, starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Now for the new year — not only is Sherlock returning on New Year’s Day, but episode two (John’s wedding!) will follow quickly on the 5th.  On January 6th, Father Brown returns for the first of 10 new episodes, with a new episode airing each weekday afternoon.  Also returning in the first week of January is long-running series Silent Witness.

Happy Holidays!

Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey for the Christmas Special

It appears that Cora’s American relations will be visiting for Christmas this year.  Shirley MacLaine will return as her mother and it has now been announced that Paul Giamatti (Sideways) will take on the role of her devil-may-care brother.

It should make for entertaining Christmas Day viewing in the UK.

In the US series four will begin on January 5th, 2014 on PBS.