Houdini & Doyle newest incarnation of the Sherlock franchise

Right up there with all dramas being touted as ‘the next Downton Abbey‘ these days, there seems to be endless interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his alter-ego creation, Sherlock Holmes. Ever since co-creators/writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss so brilliantly brought the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, to life in the […]

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‘The Coroner’ continues the changing face of daytime drama in the UK

In America, ‘daytime dramas’ have always been called ‘soaps’ and largely said with a bit of a snicker when talking about them to others. More often than not, ‘soaps’ are considered guilty pleasures in the States where viewers find it difficult to admit that they know that Tracy Quartermaine’s life was saved by Dr. Marcus […]

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‘Maigret’ + Rowan Atkinson = stunning!

Given his trademark pipe, fondness of fine alcohol and reliance on godlike intuition in solving cases, the character of Jules Maigret is frequently referred to as the Sherlock Holmes of France. Having first appeared in print in 1931, Maigret is the creation of Belgian author Georges Simenon who wrote 75 Maigret novels and is considered […]

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Grantchester 2: a ‘making of’ look back and an S2 look ahead on PBS

Buck up, little Grantchester campers, PBS has confirmed that the second series will premiere on Sunday, March 27! Taking its inspiration from “The Grantchester Mysteries” by James Runcie, head of literature at the Southbank Centre in London and whose father Robert was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980s, Grantchester tells the story of a vicar-turned-detective set in 1950’s Cambridgeshire. The Making of Grantchester […]

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‘Endeavour’ to make Oxford streets safe once again as 4th series confirmed

With series 3 of Endeavour just around the corner as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! series this summer, ITV has confirmed that the series will go into production in late Spring 2016 and return for a fourth series. While this is welcome news for UK fans Endeavour Morse as ITV transmitted series 3 last month, it is brilliant news to American […]

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Mark your calendars, ‘Sherlock’-Nation, for January 2017…-ish

Timing is everything these days. Following the announcement earlier this week that Wolf Hall will probably not return to the small screen for two years makes the recent Sherlock news coming out of the 2016 TCA Press Tour seem pretty palatable. PBS president Paula Kerger had some good news/bad news, albeit exciting news, for Sherlock fans at the […]

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‘Wallander: The Final Season’ set for May 2016 on PBS

I’m trying to be an adult about this, I really am. I know that all good things must come to an end but do we have to experience the end of both Downton Abbey AND Wallander within three months of each other? With Downton Abbey coming to an end on Sunday, March 6, the good news/bad news […]

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New ‘Endeavour’ headed to PBS in Summer 2016

Endeavour is back! While this may no longer news to UK audiences, given that the new series began on ITV this past Sunday and continuing this Sunday at 8p, what will be news to American audiences is that, at long last, the award-winning prequel series to Inspector Morse has tentatively been scheduled for Summer 2016 on PBS as part of […]

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‘Sherlock’ sets Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine to Victorian England

It’s interesting how the tables quickly turn on the brilliant mind palaces of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss that created the greatness that is Sherlock. Just a few short years ago, they were taken to the woodshed by Jeremy Brett-loving Sherlock Holmes traditionalists for daring to set the BBC/PBS production in modern day London. How could […]

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