22 April 2014
If ever there was a British version of the American character, Lieutenant Columbo, DCI Vera Stanhope is it. The disheveled detective with a keen mind for solving crime returns to telly when the fourth series of the hit drama, Vera, debuts on ITV and public TV stations in the next week or so. And that, pet, is fabulous news for Brit mystery fans on both sides of the pond.
20 April 2014
First, a Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it. Second, Happy Anniversary to BBC Two, which celebrates 50 years on air today. And third, I hope everyone who put on and attended Awesome Con DC had a rip-roaring good time.
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18 April 2014
Many a British crime drama can be described as noir, but few (if any) actually take viewers to Arctic climes. The chilling new series, Fortitude — starring Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, and Jessica Raine — does.
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15 April 2014
"And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain..." I don't know if Frank Sinatra ever watched Agatha Christie's Poirot, but the opening lyrics to one of Ol' Blue Eyes' trademark songs are spot on for "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case," the final episode of the last ever Poirot series starring David Suchet.
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"I would love Poirot to be remembered fondly and it goes without saying he is the greatest detective in the world." — David Suchet
14 April 2014
For a period drama whose key characters are mostly the doctors and nurses of a hospital gynecology ward, Breathless is not a medical drama in the usual sense, and it is anything but sterile.
11 April 2014
Alors, mes amis, after portraying Hercule Poirot for a quarter century, David Suchet has put away the Belgian detective's hat and mustache, donated his cane to a museum, and bid a final au revoir to the legendary character. Telly won't be the same without Poirot and his little grey cells.
The Doctor is a lawyer. That is, Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, portrays a barrister whose charmed life becomes a living nightmare in the suspense thriller, The Escape Artist, which debuts in the US this summer.
10 April 2014
A month after ITV released the first trailer for the second series of Endeavour comes news that the hit mystery will debut in the US on PBS this summer. Wahoo!
|Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse|
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Rarely does a British program screen in the US ahead of the UK, and the same holds true for Scandinavian shows, too. However, Unit One, the 2002 International Emmy Award® winner for Best Drama, is an exception.
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