It amazes me that there are so many fans of great TV, and so many fans of Idris Elba, yet so few people have heard of or watched Luther. The BBC show, created by Neil Cross, follows a dangerously determined police detective who gets much too involved in his investigations. Eventually his already questionable morality reaches a breaking point when he’s forced to work with a woman he knows, but can’t prove, is a killer.
The first two seasons of the show are currently on Netflix and the third, which aired this summer, will be released on Blu-ray next month. Though it might sound like every other cop show out there, it’s much more character-driven and cinematic. It’s highly recommended.
For those who have seen the show, the fact that the third season is the end is obviously a disappointment. Elba and Cross feel your pain and are hoping to bring the show to the big screen. Cross has written a prequel script that he’s hoping to shoot next year. Read More »
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Was Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing a little more lightweight than you like from the Bard?
If so, the massive Sam Mendes-produced project The Hollow Crown might be what you’re looking for. The BBC series adapts four Shakespeare plays, ”Richard II,” “Henry IV Part 1″ and “Part 2,” and “Henry V,” with Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw in primary roles. When I say “massive,” I mean it, too: this sucker runs over 500 minutes.
The word “epic” is abused with respect to stories of late, but I think it applies here with no doubt. Check out a trailer below. Read More »
The long-running BBC series Doctor Who just named the twelfth person to play the title character: Peter Capaldi. The actor is a great many things: rakishly charming, savagely funny, frighteningly intense, and Scottish. He’s also white and male, which isn’t quite what some fans of the show hoped for.
Since the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, announced his departure, there were hopes among parts of the Who fandom that the show would turn towards an actor of color, or (gasp!) a woman to lead the show. After all, the actor changes are explained in-show through the Doctor’s ability to regenerate into a new body, and there’s no reason he has to be a white guy. The audience for the show has expanded exponentially in the last few years, and a non-white or female choice could both enrich the series and draw in even more viewers.
Maybe this won’t be great for Capaldi — no one wants to hear they weren’t first choice — but Neil Gaiman, who has written for the show, says a black actor was approached to be the Doctor, but turned down the role. Read More »
On an elaborate worldwide broadcast Sunday, actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be the new Doctor Who. The role was vacated earlier this year when the 11th doctor, Matt Smith, decided to leave after three seasons. Doctor Who, which follows an alien Time Lord who has the ability to travel across space and time, has exploded in popularity over the past decade and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Capaldi is best known in the United States for his roles in In the Loop and this summer’s World War Z (as a “W.H.O Doctor,” oddly enough). He’ll next appear in The Fifth Estate, Disney’s Maleficent and is the 12th actor to play the iconic BBC role. Filming on the new Who episodes starts this Fall. Read the full press release below. Read More »
Here’s the first teaser trailer for the third season of the wonderful BBC series Sherlock. We know this season opens with most of the characters reacting to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) isn’t quite dead, and so in the teaser we see the shadow of his return to the world. Also, Martin Freeman is rocking quite the mustache. Read More »
Just over a week ago at Comic Con we got a peek at this middle of the third season of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We also learned a bit about how the season begins. But what we didn’t know, until now, was the name of any new actor who’ll be making trouble for Sherlock and Watson this time out.
Now we’ve got a name, for both the character and the actor. We’ll keep all the details after the break; read on for a tantalizing glimpse at the next season. Read More »
The BBC and PBS Masterpiece series Sherlock was the highlight of a panel at Comic Con today, with producers Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, and Sue Vertue in attendance. Not in the house were the show’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, because they are occupied with finishing up The Hobbit and filming the third season of Sherlock. But the two actors were showcased in a video introduction to the panel — greeted with Twilight panel-worthy screams from the audience — in which Cumberbatch “explained” just how Sherlock made it out of the end of season two.
The panel that followed was light on news but very entertaining, as Matiss, Moffat, and Vertue evaded questions and offered up a few observations about making the show, all the way through the nearly-complete third season. You can watch the actors’ video intro below, after which we’ll run down a few panel highlights. Needless to say there are some mild spoilers for the end of the second season below, and anyone who wants to go into the thitd season cold should watch the video below, but skip the panel recap. Read More »
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Fleming, a televised mini-series biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is the product of a cooperation between Ecosse Films, BBC AMERICA and Sky Atlantic. The four-part series stars Dominic Cooper as the author and Navy intelligence man, and based on this first teaser there will be some attempt to directly link Fleming’s life to the basic film image of his most famous creation. Check out a bit of footage below. Read More »