Available Free Online – Morse, Vera, George Gently, Lewis and More

Hulu has made a number of British crime dramas available for free online streaming.

Vera (first 8 episodes)

Morse (all 33 episodes)

Lewis (5 episodes)

George Gently (the complete first series – 3 episodes)

 

A search through Hulu’s offerings will likely turn up a few other interesting crime dramas.

Happy viewing.

Reminder: Foyle’s War is Back on PBS and Still Life Comes to the CBC

Tonight (Sunday, September 15) at 9pm, Foyle’s War returns to PBS after over three years.  The new seventh series is set in the post war era with Foyle now working for MI5.  You can watch a preview here.

Still Life, the adaptation of Louise Penny’s first Gamache book, will also air tonight on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

Whitechapel Series Four Starts Tonight

Fans of the wonderfully atmospheric crime drama Whitechapel will be happy to know that series four debuts tonight (Wednesday, September 4th) at 9 on ITV.

The series will be divided into three two-part stories.  You can read a synopsis of the first episode here and watch a clip here.

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.

Orphan Black Premieres Saturday on BBC America

BBC America’s sci-fi conspiracy thriller mashup Orphan Black premieres this Saturday at 9pm.  Early reviews are positive and promise plenty of action and twisty suspense as well as very solid acting by star Tatiana Maslany — no matter which of her cloned selves she’s playing!

If you’re curious, the first three minutes of the show are available now on BBC America.  Non US viewers can check out this video (and others including introductions to some of the main characters)  on Orphan Black’s youtube channel.

Sherlock Update

There’s no official airdate for series 3 (although winter 2013 is still being forecast) but filming did start yesterday.

The name of the first of the three new episodes has been released – The Empty Hearse – a play on the title of Conan Doyle’s original story, The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Sherlock miraculously returns from his watery grave.

Also revealed, by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, is that there will be at least one more season after this one.  Yeah!

Just a little while longer now…

Scott & Bailey Series Three

Fans of this cop show about two female officers, their tricky cases and their tangled personal lives, can enjoy the third series starting on Wednesday, April 3rd at 9pm on ITV.  To see a promo for the series and a synopsis of the first episode check out this link.

Veronica Mars Movie!

The excellent news that a Veronica Mars movie is finally going to be made has already been widely reported, but as a fan of the show I couldn’t resist passing along the info myself.

The show, cancelled after only three seasons due to low viewership, was about a teenage girl sleuth who delivered comeuppance to evil-doers through the wily use of smarts, guts and experience.

Veronica Mars has been off the air for over five years but fans (few in number perhaps, but mighty in enthusiasm) as well as star Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas, never gave up hoping that a Veronica Mars movie might someday be made — despite a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the studio.

Rob Thomas decided to use Kickstarter to try to get the money he needed to make it happen.  Kickstarter is an online fundraising tool that invites individuals to help fund creative projects by making contributions.  There are often giveaways attached to your contribution, from T-shirts and digital downloads of the completed project, to the chance to be an extra in the film or to attend the red carpet premiere.

Thomas set a goal of two million dollars with only a month in which to raise it.  That number was reached within the first 10 hours.  We, the fans, have spoken!

The movie is going to film over the summer and have a digital and limited theatre release early in 2014.

It’s an interesting idea that has a lot of potential, allowing fans to directly contribute to the creation of the projects that they want to see.

Any US fans-to-be can check out the first two seasons of the show streaming online on the WB.

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.

New BBC Drama Commissions Announced

As if there wasn’t already enough new British drama to look forward to, in February the BBC announced a whole host of new drama commissions.  When these shows are eventually broadcast (likely not until at least 2014 in most cases) it seems as if there will be something for everyone:  gothic period pieces, haunting mysteries, spy thrillers, Pride and Prejudice meets murder – even  Atlantis based adventures!

 

Aside: For any UK readers — remember that crime series Broadchurch is currently airing on Monday nights and that Shetland will be broadcast this Sunday and Monday.