Miss Fisher Will Return!

Fans of the 1920s Melbourne based crime series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, will be relieved to know that the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp) has finally renewed the show for a third series. Filming is set to begin in the fall.

In the meantime, US fans can enjoy the first two seasons on Acorn TV or Netflix.

Grantchester Coming Soon to ITV

The second half of 2014 will see the return of crime drama favorites such as Scott and Bailey, Lewis and New Tricks, but there are some brand new shows to look forward to as well.

One such show is six-parter Grantchester.  Grantchester is based on the popular novels of James Runcie , who has so far written three novels of a planned six book series following the 1950s investigative exploits of Grantchester vicar, Sidney Chambers.

Here’s the briefest of teaser trailers.

The show is set to air sometime in the fall. I’ll send along updates as they become available.

PBS 2014 Fall Schedule

Sundays this fall on Masterpiece are going to be good.

Three new episodes of ITV’s Miss Marple will start things off on September 21st.

Lewis will follow beginning October 5th with three new two-part episodes. Hathaway is now an Inspector and Lewis is called out of retirement to work with him.

Next Comes the P.D. James’ homage to Pride and Prejudice with period mystery, Death Comes to Pemberley, on October 26th.

Finally, on November 9th and 16th, the excellent Bill Nighy will reprise his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker (first seen in Page Eight) in two feature-length episodes.

 

New Crime Drama — Happy Valley and Hinterland

Two new crime dramas begin next week on the BBC.

Happy Valley is a six-parter about the botched kidnapping of a young girl. You can watch a promo here and then tune in for the first episode on Tuesday, April 29th at 9.

Hinterland is set in Wales. DCI Tom Mathias, fresh from the Met in London, will investigate four separate crimes. The first concerns the dark past of a former children’s home. The show will air on Monday, April 28th at 9. Here’s a promo.

 

Interesting Fact: The filming of Hinterland appears to have been quite the undertaking – brutal weather aside; they had to film all the scenes with dialogue twice. Once in English and once in Welsh!

Reminder: Series 2 of The Bletchley Circle and Series 3 of Call the Midwife are currently airing on Sundays on PBS. You can catch up on the first few episodes of both online.

Vera’s Back!

Series four of ITV’s Vera returns with four new episodes starting Sunday, April 27th at 8. You can watch a promo here.

In the first episode, On Harbour Street, Vera and her team investigate a murder that takes place on a crowded train.

Looks like it will be another gorgeous, gloomy, deadly series!

More Lewis!

Well, the end of Lewis didn’t last long – thank goodness!  Production will begin in March to bring Lewis and Hathaway back for six new episodes.

There will be some changes for the two sleuths however.  Hathaway, after some time away from the force, returns with a promotion to Inspector.  Lewis, meanwhile, has retired but is brought back to work with his former partner.

Dr. Hobson and Chief Superintendent Innocent will also return.

Coming Soon (ish) to PBS

These shows have already aired (or are currently running) in the UK, but US fans won’t have to wait for too long —

Series 3 of Call The Midwife will debut on March 30th.

The second series of The Bletchley Circle will begin on Sunday, April 13th.

Last Tango in Halifax, series 2, will air starting June 29th.

Visit PBS for more information about these and other shows coming in 2014.