New Grantchester and Endeavour on PBS

PBS has announced air dates for series 3 of Grantchester and series 4 of Endeavour.

Grantchester will begin airing on Sunday, June 18th. The new series will consist of a Christmas special, followed by six episodes.

You can watch a promo for the series here.

The first of 4 new Endeavour episodes will air on Sunday, August 20th.

You can see a promo here.

Grantchester, Vera and Janet King

Just a reminder that the second series of Grantchester (already underway on ITV) will begin airing on PBS on Sunday, March 27.

On Acorn TV you can enjoy the most recent series of Vera starting Monday, March 21, with a new episode (four total) up every Monday.

Also coming to Acorn is Janet King.  This Australian courtroom drama staring A Place to Call Home’s Marta Dusseldorp, will begin on Monday, March 14 with the first of eight episodes.

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.

Wayward Pines Episode 1 Free Now

Not sure that a 10-part FOX miniseries about a secret service agent trapped in a creepy Brigadoon-esque town is for you? Well for a (probably) limited time, you can get the first episode free on Amazon. Check out a trailer here.

Curtain – A Promo for Poirot’s Last Case

Poirot confined to a wheelchair (and as particular as ever), Hastings widowed, and the pair of them back at Styles where they solved their first case.  It will be sad to see them go but it looks like it will be a quality send-off.  Check out the promo here.

You can also check out a recent interview with David Suchet, the actor who has played Poirot for 25 years, about what it has been like to inhabit such a beloved character for so many years.

Curtain will air Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm on ITV.

Two New Sleuths to Jump from the Page to the Small Screen

Television producers have novelists to thank for some of their most successful crime dramas.  The many fictional detectives that have inspired these series include gone-but-not-forgotten gems like Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael, as well as perennial favorites such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Current adaptations that may eventually become classics themselves include Vera (based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope) and Case Histories (inspired by Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie).

Due to join this esteemed list (although it may take a while) are two new characters – M.C. Beaton’s PR agent turned PI, Agatha Raisin and Alan Bradley’s precocious 11-year-old chemist/detective Flavia de Luce.

Fans of any of these shows should check out the books, they’re well worth a read.  Fans of the books should check out the shows, they’re well worth a watch.

Acorn TV – New Online Source for British TV Fans

PBS’s Masterpiece is wonderful – it airs fantastic British shows and then provides them online for free.  But PBS (and BBC America) can only do so much.  After that the UK tv addict has to turn to Amazon, Netflix or Hulu.

Now there is another option in the online streaming world.  Acorn Media has launched Acorn TV.  You can try it out for free for one month.  There is overlap with what’s already available on Amazon, etc., but there are also some series that you can’t currently get anywhere else, including: the latest series of Vera; the first series of the charming 1920s Australian whodunit, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (based on novels by Kerry Greenwood and starring the beautiful Essie Davis); series 14 of Midsomer Murders; and the absurd and excellent Blandings (based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories).

Take a look.

Rhys Ifans to Play Mycroft on Elementary

CBS’s Elementary doesn’t have Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman but it does have charms of its own – namely the acting abilities of Jonny Lee Miller and the appealing chemistry between his Sherlock and Lucy Liu’s Watson.

The announcement that Rhys Ifans (think Hugh Grant’s peculiar flatmate in Notting Hill) has been cast to play Sherlock’s brother Mycroft is just one more reason to give the US reboot its own chance.

Mycroft will appear in the season two premiere which will be set in London and will see Sherlock and Watson staying at Mycroft’s 221B Baker Street address.