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Sherlock Releases Trailer for Impending 19th Century Christmas Special

Nothing made me. I made me.

Arguably the smartest, most well-written show in the world, BBC’s Sherlock is coming back – way back. The upcoming Christmas special (no premiere date yet) will take place in the 19th century, and will provide us with the first new episode of the show since January of 2014, and only the tenth since the show began in summer of 2010. For the math wizards out there, than an average of about one episode every six months. I point that out only to illustrate how well versed the Sherlock fan base is at waiting.

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All We Want For Christmas Is A Sherlock Special!

What could be better than a spot of tea and a little 221b on the telly this holiday season? Not having to wait a year for it, for a start! That’s right, Cumberphiles, while the rumors of a Sherlock special are indeed true, you’re going to have to do what Sherlock fans do best; wait. Continue reading All We Want For Christmas Is A Sherlock Special!

UK Television Updates: MisFits, Sherlock, & Doctor Who

There’s a lot of buzz online about our favorite UK shows, so we’ve put all this news together in a handy, more digestible format for your reading pleasure. First off is some information from Bleeding Cool looking at the upcoming series of Misfits. Now working on its fifth season it has been reported by Channel Four that this will be the last ever series. Here is the official blurb for what this series is going to cover.

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Doctor Who: New Companion & the Series 7 Trailer!!!

Filming on the new series of Doctor Who got under way on the 20th of February, and they recently finished filming on location in Spain. This will be Matt Smith’s third year as ‘the Doctor’, but also Karen Gillian & Arthur Darvill‘s last as companions Amy and Rory. They will be leaving in episode 5. It, of course, means that a new companion will be joining the Doctor in the TARDIS. The actress to play this – so far unnamed – role has been recently announced: Jenna-Louise Coleman!

Jenna is 25 and comes from Blackpool. She has previously played ‘Jasmine Thomas’ in the ITV soap Emmerdale, and ‘Lindsay James’ in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. She also appeared, last Sunday, on new ITV drama Titanic, as ‘Annie Desmond’. All of which probably means nothing to anyone not from the UK. She was also the voice of Melia in Xenoblade on the Wii and had a small (very small – two lines small) part in the Captain America film.

When she found out she had got the part she was, apparently, in Marks & Spencers holding an avocado. Steven Moffat has said of her ” I think she’s possibly the only person I’ve ever heard [talk] faster than Matt.” He also said that when Jenna’s character meets the doctor it will be “one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters” and that “even by the Doctor’s standard this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” She will be introduced in the Christmas special.

And so on to the new series (number 7 if you must, or number 33 as I – and lots of other fans – like to think of it). The BBC press release says:

Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventure and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year.” It also promises “Fourteen big blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before. 

A lot to live up to!

Guest stars so far confirmed are: David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films), Rupert Graves (most recently seen as D.I. Lestrade in Sherlock), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and Ben Browder (Farscape and Stargate).

And here is the first preview trailer. Yay!  Cowboys, cyborgs, and running – lots of running.

“Anachronistic electricity; keep-out signs; aggressive stares – has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?!”  Brilliant!

The new series will premiere this autumn – dates to be confirmed – on BBC One (UK), BBC America (USA) and SPACE (Canada). There will be six episodes this year (including the Christmas Special) and then 8 next year – hopefully just after New Year.

CBS Orders New ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Pilot…Terrible.

So the bane of my existence America’s #1 Network – CBS is planning a new modern-day ‘Sherlock Holmes’ show called Elementary. This announcement comes after they approached the BBC and Sherlock show runners about remaking the British masterpiece, and being denied. This has led to their announcement ruffling the feathers of the Brits a bit, as I’m sure they don’t want to see their show bastardized, which CBS would surely do.

These statements came from Sherlock executive producer Sue Vertue‘s Twitter:

Exec. Producers Sue Vertue and her husband (Dr. Who scribe) Steven Moffat.

We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show.

At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.

We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.

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BBC’s SHERLOCK: Season 2 Premiere – “A Scandal in Belgravia”

Well, it took awhile, but the wait was worth it. With the new year came the new season of BBC’s Sherlock, and they wasted no time in delivering what I felt was their best episode to date. We picked up right where we left off, Sherlock and Watson in peril and for the first time, face to face with Jim Moriarty. As the first season ended all involved appeared to be in mortal danger, a Mexican standoff if you will. As A Scandal in Belgravia begins, there they all stand, at the pool and around an explosive vest when Moriarty gets a phone call. The woman on the other line inadvertently diffuses the whole situation and both sides are allowed to back down.

Now to some this might feel like a cop-out, but that’s what makes the relationship between Sherlock and Moriarty so interesting. Much like the Joker with Batman, Moriarty doesn’t really want to kill Holmes, it’s more fun just to play with him.  And as Sherlock Holmes is half the original inspiration for Batman (along with Zorro), it’s no wonder that Batman and the Joker can be drawn in such a similar light.

Now in June we told you that the sophomore season would feature the likes of the infamous Irene Alder, and feature her it has. Behold, the only woman to ever set a flutter the heart of our robotically cold Investigator.

Adler (Lara Pulver) is the introduced to us not as your run of the mill damsel in distress, but instead the target of Sherlock’s most recent case. The treat of digital blackmail and royal scandal have the Crown spooked, and for this reason Sherlock is asked to handle ‘evidence retrieval’ from outside Buckingham Palace. In the modern setting this comes in the form of an encrypted phone.

Upon introduction between Sherlock and Ms. Adler, it becomes quite clear that the retrieval of the phone is about more than just some racy photos. Whatever the true nature of the case is, it’s dangerous enough to interest the Americans as well. Sherlock and Dr. Watson once again find themselves in for more than they bargained with CIA Spooks and kidnappers running amok.

The episode takes place over the course of several months, encompassing Christmas and New Year. It also once again shows that despite how brilliant he is, Sherlock can sometimes miss the most obvious of conclusions – namely the fact that coroner Molly Hooper is in love with him. As sweet and obvious as she can be with Sherlock, she constantly tries to display her feelings for him, but unfortunately for her, she is not Irene Adler and therefore remains near invisible to Mr. Holmes.

Sherlock instead prefers to have a one-sided text message relationship with Irene that goes on for months, and is a rather endearing to see, even if we do feel for Molly. His unwillingness to answer Ms. Adler’s texts though is simply proof that the man who often seems heartless, does in fact have a heart and his silence speaks volumes. Even upon learning of Ms. Adler’s death, it’s what Sherlock does not say that speaks the loudest.

“All lives end. All hearts are broken. Caring is not an advantage Sherlock.”

At a certain point the whole case becomes less about getting the photos back for the crown, and more about figuring out what else is on the phone. It’s obviously important if the CIA is so interested in it, and for months Sherlock try to decipher an unlock code for which you’re allowed only 4 guesses before the thing self destructs Mission Impossible style.

Without spoiling how it ends, I will simply say the whole episode was excellent, and you should check it out. They’ve made Sherlock certainly more of a badass this year, and the involvement of Adler and Moriarty raise the stakes considerably. It is a little sad that the new Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. can’t really compare to even the weakest episodes of this show in terms of quality writing. I give the premiere 5 of 5 Bears and wish that there were more than 2 more episodes coming this year…

Don’t snivel Mrs. Hudson, it’ll do nothing to impede the flight of a bullet. What a tender world that would be.

Source for Several Pictures Used: Sherlock BBC

Doctor Who: New Series 32.5 Trailer!

The Doctor is returning to BBC One and BBC America for the second half of the latest series. We told you in April about the start of the 32nd series, and now there is a trailer for the 2nd half to fill you full of glee and excitement! First though, here’s a rundown on what’s ahead…

– The first episode – Episode 8 will be Let’s Kill Hitler by Steven Moffat. According to the BBC website: ‘In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities – and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.’

– Episode 9 is entitled ‘Night Terrors’ and writer Mark Gatiss promises some of the scariest moments he has ever dreamed up.

– Episode 10 is written by Tom MacRae and will be ‘The Girl Who Waited’. It will b a Amy-centric story, apparently.

– Episode 11 is ‘The God Complex’ by Toby Whithouse. It will be set in a hotel and features David Walliams as an alien called Gibbis.

– Episode 12‘s title is yet to be announced. It’s written by Gareth Roberts and will see the return of Craig Owens (James Corden) from last years episode ‘The Lodger’.

– Episode 13 is written by Steven Moffat. The big finale will contain the biggest twist so far – or at least so says Karen Gillan.

Here’s the trailer:

No announcement yet as to when the series will re-start on BBC One. But it must be soon as (according to Gamma Squad) it will premier on BBC America on the 27th of August.   Come on Auntie! I need my New Who fix!

Alright, this is just cool.

BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ Season 2 – Irene Adler, Reichenbach Falls, and the Hounds.

Last year the BBC released an updated, modern take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. And it was excellent. The entire season consisted of only 3 episodes, and though they were 90 minutes a piece, they definitely left the audience wanting more. Here is a quick look at season 1 for those who missed it.

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Return of The Doctor…Who comes to America

Series 32 of Doctor Who starts on Saturday the 23rd of April, and will be shown on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC America. And I, for one, am so excited I could wet myself! No, really, I could.

This is all the information I know up to now (no, not just the date, what I am about to impart to you.) There will be a few light spoilers, but not too many as I don’t want to know too much either.

First up is the fact that this years series will be split in two. The first seven episodes will end on what has been promised to be a ‘memorable and shocking cliffhanger’. Then a summer break in July and August before the final six episodes are shown in autumn (or fall, for all you Americans). It is also going to be more dark and spooky. Time to hide behind the sofa?

The first two part story is by Steven Moffat. Episode one is entitled ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and episode two is ‘Day of The Moon’. It’s set in America in 1969 (there has been filming in Utah and Arizona) and sees the return of River Song (Alex Kingston).

The general plot, as reported by Doctor Who Magazine, goes as follows.

July 1969. Man takes his first, tentative steps on the Moon. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for… okay, you’ve heard that one before. But a lot more happened on Earth that year than mankind remembers.

Four small TARDIS-blue envelopes. A date, time and map reference. “We’ve been recruited,” ponders River Song. All roads lead to Lake Silencio, in Utah, on one balmy day in April. And an astronaut. An Apollo astronaut in the lake. Impossible? Not today. For the heavens have become a part of man’s world, and this is the day that some one is going to die.

Someone is going to die, and it’s going to be either The Doctor, Amy, Rory or River

Yes, you read that right, one of them will die! Apparently.

Really? Didn’t Rory die last series? You can’t kill The Doctor, surely? River Song seems the most likely candidate, but… really? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

All this and, what are being called, the scariest monsters yet! Even more terrifying than the Weeping Angles. And this is just for starters.

Episode three will be ‘The Curse of The Black Spot’. Hugh Bonneville will feature as a pirate captain and Lilly Cole as a mysterious creature that haunts his ship.

Episode four is ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, written by comic legend Neil Gaiman. This is the story they ran out of money for before filming last year. It sees the return of the Ood (the only returning monsters this year).

Episode five – ‘The Rebel Flesh‘ – and episode six – ‘The Almost People‘ – are a two parter, and episode seven (written by Moffat) will be ‘A Good Man Goes to War’.

The only two episode titles, for the second part of the series, so far announced are episode nine (by Mark Gatiss), which will be called ‘What Are Little Boys Made of?‘ and episode eleven, titled ‘The God Complex’, which will see David Walliams (of Little Britain fame) as an alien character called Gibbs.

The other news of the second part of the series is that James Corden and Daisy Haggard will be reprising their roles as Craig Owens and Sophie from last years episode ‘The Lodger’.

In also news a new magazine is out now for North America, Doctor Who Insider, from the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

And to finish off, here is the trailer for the new series, plus the prequel to ‘The Impossible Astronaut’.


Now please excuse me whilst I go find dry underwear.