22 April 2014

Hit Brit Mystery Vera Returns to ITV and Local Public TV Stations with Series 4

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.

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20 April 2014

Billie Piper, Cosplay & More at Awesome Con DC

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

British TV Goes Nordic Noir with "Fortitude" Starring Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon

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

Final Three Poirot Mysteries to Screen in the US Exclusively on Acorn TV

"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

Breathless Brings '60s Style and Drama to US Screens

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.

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11 April 2014

Suchet Returns to PBS as Poirot in Two of the Sleuth's Final Mysteries

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.

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David Tennant Legal Thriller "The Escape Artist" Gets US Premiere Date

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.

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10 April 2014

Confirmed: Endeavour: Series 2 to Premiere in the US on PBS

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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Nordic Noir Alert: Danish Crime Drama "Unit One" Premiering in the US

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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Award-Winning Derek Returning to Netflix

Oh, look — Derek's wearing a different colored sweater! And he's coming back to Netflix! Yay!

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