• Staying in on Halloween? How about some indoor binge-viewing instead

    Staying in on Halloween? How about some indoor binge-viewing instead

    Aside from The Shining and the original Halloween, there’s really not much I would rush out to find and watch on Halloween these days. Maybe a trip to Denton, Ohio and The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the umpteenth time but that’s about it. So, if you find yourself in the same frame of mind, here are a few that originated […]

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  • ‘Sherlock’ returns New Year’s Day! Did you miss me?

    ‘Sherlock’ returns New Year’s Day! Did you miss me?

    Sherlock 4! New Year’s Day! PBS’ Masterpiece! — “It’s not a game anymore”! Even the NCAA knows enough to not go up against the return of the world’s greatest consulting detective as, magically, there are no bowl games on New Year’s Day this year. There are games December 31 and games on January 2 but […]

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  • ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ to hit PBS’ Masterpiece in 2017

    ‘Prime Suspect: Tennison’ to hit PBS’ Masterpiece in 2017

    Much like Endeavour has given us invaluable insight into the early years that shaped what we came to know as Inspector Morse in the mid-80’s, ITV has commissioned a ‘prequel’ to the classic series, Prime Suspect. Based on writer Lynda La Plante’s book, “Tennison”, which reveals how DCI, then Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison became such a complex and […]

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  • Could ‘Sherlock’ be solving his last case?

    Could ‘Sherlock’ be solving his last case?

    Much like Downton Abbey with its endless rumors of their doors getting ready to close after each series, Sherlock has now reached internet immortality to where speculation runs rampant by dissecting each and every spoken word about the series trying to figure out the hidden meaning. With DA, it was not only about the possible end times but with […]

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  • Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench to board Kenneth Branagh’s Orient Express

    Johnny Depp and Dame Judi Dench to board Kenneth Branagh’s Orient Express

    As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m good with prequels, remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming Kenneth Branagh ‘remake’ of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express may go a long way to alter my future close-mindedness. Sir Kenneth will not only co-produce and direct the newest adaptation […]

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  • The beauty of ‘Sherlock’ is all in the framing

    The beauty of ‘Sherlock’ is all in the framing

    Today’s word of the day from Radio Times and the world’s consulting detective is symmetry. It’s a tricky word, boys and girls, when it comes to film and television. For directors, symmetry can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time. On the dangerous side, when composing shots, too many symmetrical scenes can feel staged and, therefore, […]

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  • It’s Christie for Christmas x 7!

    It’s Christie for Christmas x 7!

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Beginning in 2016, we’ll be having a ‘Christie for Christmas’ holiday season for the foreseeable future. Given the audience response following last Christmas’ small screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic, And Then There Were None starring Aidan Turner (Being Human, Poldark) and the earlier re-do of Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence detective novels, Partners […]

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  • The Baker Street Boys are back with first pic from Sherlock 4!

    The Baker Street Boys are back with first pic from Sherlock 4!

    When the first official trailer arrived recently for the forthcoming series of Sherlock, it was abundantly clear that it isn’t a game any longer…for Sherlock and John, for the fans of the series and, definitely, not for co-creators/writers, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Judging from the trailer and, now, from the first official picture released from […]

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