Endeavour Series 2 Update

ITV has released new information about Endeavour Series 2.  The series will consist of four two-hour stories, the first of which will pick up four months after the events at the end of the first series.  Endeavour, back after the death of his father and having only just healed from his gunshot wound, is immediately thrown into a major case.

Apparently DI Thursday will be worried that Endeavour has lost his creative edge, and there may be a love interest on the horizon, although – alas, poor Morse — we know it won’t last!

ITV hasn’t set an air date yet, but series one ran in April.  Here’s hoping that the new series is only a month away.

On PBS the first series was broadcast in July.

I’ll send along updates/promos as they become available.

New Shows Still to Come This Year

Luther may have concluded its final series this week in suitably operatic fashion (although US viewers will have to wait until September) and Endeavour completes its run this Sunday on PBS, but never fear — there’s more to look forward to.

Here are just a few of the coming -soons:

BBC cop dramedy New Tricks will begin its tenth series next week on July 30th.  This time out the series may see a few episodes more heavily weighted on the drama side as two of the main characters are being written out this season.

On PBS The Lady Vanishes will play on August 18th and series seven of Foyle’s War, set in the post war era with Foyle now working for MI5, will begin broadcasting on September 15th.

Also, not yet scheduled but said to be airing this year:  the third series of Vera and the fourth series of Whitechapel both on ITV, and the BBC’s Quirke about a 1950s Dublin pathologist/investigator starring Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In Treatment) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore from Harry Potter and many other excellent things).  The Quirke DVD has a release date of August 26th so presumably the three 90 minute episodes will air soon.

Of course there will also be series four of Downton Abbey, The Paradise series 2, Sherlock (maybe), and more.  As dates and times become available I’ll pass them along.

Reminder: Series One of Endeavour Begins This Sunday

Lewis may have ended but you need not be completely Oxford deprived.  Endeavour begins this Sunday, July 7th at 9 on PBS.  You can see previews for each of the upcoming episodes here and until July 23rd you can also watch the original pilot episode.

For a limited time (also until July 23rd) the final three Lewis episodes will also be available online at PBS.

The 2013 Masterpiece Mystery! Season Starts this Sunday on PBS

The first episode of the final series of Inspector Lewis will kick things off this Sunday June 16th at 9pm.  Check out this clip from the first episode, a preview of the series as a whole, and a general promo for the entire Masterpiece Mystery! season — you’ll catch glimpses of Endeavour, Foyle’s War, Silk and The Lady Vanishes.

The Mystery! schedule is as follows:  Lewis will be on for the next three Sundays followed by Endeavour for four weeks, The Lady Vanishes airs on August 18th, Silk for three weeks from August 25th, and finally Foyle’s War on September 15, 22 and 29.

Each episode will be available online for a limited time after its airdate.

Aside: David Suchet’s documentary style trip on the Orient Express will air at 8pm this Sunday, right before Lewis.  It’s worth checking out.

Aside 2:  It’s been announced that Downton Abbey will return for its fourth season on January 5th, 2014.

Summer and Fall PBS Premiere Dates – Last Tango in Halifax, Foyle’s War, The Paradise and More

In addition to Inspector Lewis on June 16th and Endeavour on July 7th, the following PBS premiere dates have been announced:

On Sunday, August 18th one-off The Lady Vanishes will air. This is a new dramatization of the novel The Wheel Spins — first translated into film by Hitchcock.

Also in August, from Sunday the 25th, Masterpiece will show Silk – a legal drama starring Rupert Penry-Jones (MI-5, Whitechapel).

Starting Sunday, September 8th will be the charming comedy/drama Last Tango in Halifax starring Derek Jacobi (Brother Cadfael!) and Anne Reid. The six part series is about childhood sweethearts who reunite after nearly 60 years. An old theme perhaps, but done very well here.

Overlapping with Last Tango and creating very good Sunday viewing, the three new episodes of Foyle’s War will air starting Sunday, September 15th.

Next is The Paradise, a period drama based on a novel by Émile Zola, which takes place in one of the early department stores — it actually aired before Mr. Selfridge in the UK. It will begin its eight episode series on Sunday, October 6th.

PBS will make all of these episodes available online for a limited time after their airdate.

Case Histories Series Two and an Inspector Lewis and Endeavour Update

The second series of Case Histories, the Edinburgh detective series based on the novels of Kate Atkinson, is due to premiere on the BBC on May 19th at 8:30pm.

The first episode in series two will be based on Atkinson’s novel Started Early, Took My Dog.  Private detective Jackson Brodie (played by Jason Isaacs of Harry Potter – Lucius Malfoy — fame) will have to deal with lost children and broken families.  Synopses for all three episodes are available here.

The first series was broadcast on PBS so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any news of a North American showing.

Speaking of PBS premiere dates – the final season of Inspector Lewis is set to begin airing on PBS on Sunday, June 16th at 9 and will consist of three episodes.  The first full series of the Morse prequel Endeavour will start on Sunday, July 7th at 9 with four episodes.

Also, UK viewers don’t forget that the two-part Blitz era Murder on the Home Front begins tonight (Thursday, May 9th) at 9pm on ITV.

Endeavour – First Trailer for the upcoming ITV series

Endeavour, the one-off prequel to the classic series Morse based on the novels of Colin Dexter, performed well for ITV last year so they commissioned a full series of four episodes.  The series is set to begin airing sometime between April 13th and April 19th with an episode entitled Girl about the death of a young woman that everyone except Morse is ready to put down to natural causes.

ITV has just released the first trailer for the series.

The original one-off Endeavour was aired by PBS.  It was a quality production with fine acting by leads Shaun Evans (the young Morse) and Roger Allam (his boss, DI Fred Thursday) and hopefully PBS will pick up this new series as well.

Crime/Mystery TV News — Flavia de Luce and Lewis

Award winning Canadian author Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries have been optioned by Sam Mendes of Neal Productions (think Call the Midwife).  See details here.

A clever, poison mad, lonely 11-year-old girl sleuth, a 1950s English country house setting… What could be better?  This project will probably be some time in the making but I think it could be really good.  Definitely something to look forward to.

In Lewis news…

If you’re not already watching, the latest season of Lewis is currently (July 2012) being shown on PBS on Sunday nights.  In a recent interview Laurence Fox (Detective Sergeant Hathaway) said that the next series of the show will be the last one – so enjoy it while you can!

If you’ve never watched the show I’ll say that while some critics may feel that the plots get a bit needlessly involved, I could watch Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway just sit and drink beer by a river all day long, let alone wander through the beautifully lit byways of Oxford for a bit of crime solving.

In related news, and as balm to the upcoming loss of Lewis, Endeavour, the Morse prequel that aired earlier this month on PBS, has been commissioned by ITV for a four episode series so we won’t have to give up on the Morse/Lewis universe entirely.  Of course (of course!) there are always the original Colin Dexter novels to turn to as well.

Any Lewis or Flavia fans out there?