DCI Vera Stanhope to make the Northumberland countryside safe once again in 2018

ITV’s top-rated crime drama Vera, starring Brenda Brethyn, is set to return for a new series beginning in Spring 2018. The 2-time Academy Award nominee will don her trademark floppy fishing tackle shop hat to make the Northumberland countryside safe once again. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope books by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, series 8 will see […]

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Meet the Women of ‘Grantchester’

Most will agree that Grantchester, the current staple of PBS’ Sunday night drama line-up based on the ‘Grantchester Mysteries’, the acclaimed collection of short stories by James Runcie, primarily revolves around James Norton (Happy Valley), the handsome, jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers, and Robson Green, the law-enforcement ally, Inspector Geordie Keating. Yes, Sidney lives the life of a clergyman, […]

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Shaun Evans returns for 4th series of ‘Endeavour’ beginning on Sunday, Aug 20 on PBS

Life continues to only get better and better if you are an Endeavour fan. Unlike Downton Abbey, Crimson Field, Home Fires, Lewis, Wallander, Mr Selfridge and Indian Summers where there will be no more episodes produced, Endeavour just keeps chugging along like ‘the little engine that could’ with the fourth series returning to PBS’ Masterpiece beginning Sunday, August 20. The fourth series of the Oxford-set Inspector Morse prequel series […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench board the Orient Express for Agatha Christie’s whodunnit

As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m all on board with prequels. Remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming November release of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘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 […]

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First look at ‘Tennison’, a.k.a. ‘Prime Suspect 1973’

Based on writer Lynda La Plante’s book, “Tennison”, the long-awaited prequel to the brilliant, early 90s series, Prime Suspect, that starred Dame Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, is just around the corner! Premiering on PBS on Sunday, June 25 as part of the Masterpiece series, Prime Suspect 1973 (or, Tennison as it will be known on PBS), stars Stefanie Martini as a young Jane […]

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‘The Tunnel: Sabotage’ tests Anglo-French detective duo once again

The Tunnel, the British/French crime drama television series, adapted from the 2011 Danish/Swedish crime series The Bridge, will return to PBS this Summer (June 15 to be exact). The Tunnel: Sabotage will see the return of the brilliant Anglo-French detective duo played by Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter). New to the scene for series two will be Emilia Fox (Silent […]

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Michael Palin returns to PBS in ‘Remember Me’ this July

April or not, it continues to be Christmas on a daily basis when it comes to British drama headed to PBS whether it comes from the BBC or ITV. The most recent package under the tree to be unwrapped, Remember Me, will air beginning Sunday, July 16 on PBS and continue for the next two […]

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Inspector George Gently to make North East England streets safe one final time

After ten years and 23 episodes, filming for the eighth and final series of BBC1’s period police drama, Inspector George Gently, has concluded. Martin Shaw returns as DCI George Gently alongside Lee Ingleby as his sidekick Inspector Bacchus and Lisa McGrillis playing Detective Sergeant Rachel Coles. Unfortunately, for me, this will be like a good friend moving […]

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Get to know Agatha Raisin author, M.C. Beaton!

With the Agatha Raisin series airing Saturdays at 7p on KERA in North Texas and on a number of other public television stations across the U.S. later this month, fans of Doc Martin, Father Brown and Death in Paradise are definitely going to love this series! A cross between Doc Martin and Prime Suspect, the quirky crime drama stars Ashley Jensen (Ugly […]

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