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.

Foyle Returns — Again!

Despite some rumors to the contrary, ITV has just announced that Foyle’s War will return for three new episodes.  Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks will reprise their roles, which will see Foyle and Sam caught up, once again, in the dangerous world of post-WWII espionage.

The new series is expected to air in early 2015.

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.

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.

Foyle’s Fans Rejoice — New Series Promo

Finally, here it is – the promo for the new series of Foyle’s War due to start Sunday, March 24th at 8pm on ITV.  There will be three episodes in this series and if the trailer is anything to go by then the drama and danger is going to be ratcheted up quite a bit.

As far as I can tell, the PBS showing won’t be until the summer.  I’ll provide an update when I find out more.

Aside:  If Foyle’s War isn’t for you then you could try Our Girl, also on the 24th.  This one-off BBC drama follows a young woman from angry teen to dedicated army medic.