17 items from 2013
Ahead of its eagerly-awaited return on New Year's Day, the BBC has released a batch of stills from 'The Empty Hearse', the first episode of Sherlock series 3, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Freeman (John Watson), Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), Una Stubbs (Mrs Hudson), Rupert Graves (Detective Inspector Lestrade), Louise Brealey (Molly), Ed Birch (Tom) and Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes); check them out here courtesy of SpoilerTV....
Two years after the devastating effects of “The Reichenbach Fall,” Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish »
- Gary Collinson
Can you feel the rush of adrenaline that I feel when I look at the new batch of Sherlock promotional photos? It’s the kind of feeling that’s reserved for the truly great series of our time, the ones that have reached the point where your excitement can build exponentially over the smallest order of episodes. Sherlock is known for delivering only three episodes per season – 90 minutes each – but it can get away with it because the quality of each episode is so high that you feel like you’re watching three individual movies. Few shows can get me as excited as Sherlock does and the show is taking some of that knowledge and incorporating it into the first episode.
“The Empty Hearse” will be airing in the UK on Jan. 1, 2014 and it is from that episode that this batch of photos is taken. As you can see from »
- Brody Gibson
New images from the third series of Sherlock have been released.
The show's entire supporting cast – Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Rupert Graves as Di Lestrade and Louise Brealey as Molly – also appear, alongside new addition Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan.
A special mini-episode entitled 'Many Happy Returns' will be made available on Christmas Day via the BBC's interactive Red Button service.
PBS has confirmed that it will air the new series from January 19 in America.
Sherlock cast talk Reichenbach reveal
Benedit Cumberbatch on »
We love the BBC (heck, our Sky+ is full to the brim with Pointless repeats) and we don't want to get told off, so we won't be breaking the embargo. In fact, we're so against showing these pictures until Saturday, we deliberately won't show you Any of the 30 new shots.
1. So we Definitely don't have any new pictures of Benedict and Martin standing outside 221b with a deerstalker and big grin.
2. There are no shiny new close-up shots of Cumberbatch's cheekbones here.
4. We haven't got any pictures of Mark Gatiss looking devilish as Mycroft.
5. Nobody needs new pictures of Una Stubbs in series three, right?
6 and 7. There »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $49.98, Blu-ray $59.99
Studio: Starz/Anchor Bay
The story looks at the classic tale of the War of the Roses, the feud between the York and Lancaster families for the throne of England, from the viewpoint of the women: Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Woodville, Vi), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale, TVs Ripper Street) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay, Is That It?). They each scheme, seduce and manipulate their way to power.
The White Queen begins in 1464. The House of York’s Edward IV (Max Irons, The Host) is crowned King of England with the help of master manipulator Lord Warwick (James Frain, The Lone Ranger). But when Edward falls for the Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan to control the throne crashes. Meanwhile, a violent, high-stakes struggle opens between Elizabeth and her most fierce adversary, »
Review Louisa Mellor 18 Aug 2013 - 22:00
The White Queen concludes with a climactic battle. Here's Louisa's review...
This review contains spoilers.
One difficulty with historical dramas for anyone who spent their schooldays poring, not scrawling Morrissey lyrics, over Trevelyan’s History Of England is that it’s hard not to have the endings ‘spoiled’. Even the most assiduous avoider of historical fact can’t have swerved the knowledge that Richard III was, you know, a thing, making all that ‘will they crown little Edward?’ intrigue from a week or two ago a bit redundant.
The same goes for this week’s finale of The White Queen, the drama that’s taught us good things come to those who wait for Rupert Graves to show up halfway through a ten-part series. Hear mention of The Battle of Bosworth Field and bells about kingdoms, horses, and dead Richard IIIs start ringing. Will Richard defeat Henry Tudor? »
Review Louisa Mellor 11 Aug 2013 - 22:00
The White Queen’s penultimate episode is dark, desperately watchable stuff. Why did it take so long to get this good?
This review contains spoilers.
What a pity it is for The White Queen to have hit its stride only this late in the game. The penultimate episode, with its shadowy plots, simmering guilt and double crosses, was such smashing telly that our one remaining visit to the fifteenth century on a Sunday night doesn’t seem enough. Who’s for joining me in whipping up a frock from the dining room curtains and staging a saints’ knees flash mob outside Media City until the BBC promises to return next year with The White Queen 2: Lancastrian Boogaloo?
Episode nine’s focus on a single plot - the fate of the Princes in the Tower - made for particularly satisfying viewing. Not only is »
On a day when Sherlock co-showrunner Steven Moffat’s other show is getting all the attention thanks to the announcement of its new star, it seems only fair to spread a little of the love to Holmes and Watson. Thank goodness, then, there’s a new teaser for Sherlock's third season online.It’s a brief – very brief, at a 26 scant seconds – series of clips that points to the various reunions our hero will get with Una Stubbs’ Mrs Hudson, Rupert Graves’ Lestrade, Mark Gatiss’ Mycroft, Louise Brealey’s Molly (though we have an idea she knows more about how Sherlock managed to survive his great fall than the others) and, of course, Martin Freeman’s Watson.While we’ll see a lot of character development for Watson this year, the third series opens with The Empty Hearse, which promises an answer to the mystery of Sherlock’s survival. »
A teaser trailer for the third series of Sherlock has been revealed.
The tantalising 26-second clip features the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as the sleuth and was aired on BBC One tonight (August 2) following a repeat of the second series' finale 'The Reichenbach Fall'.
Each appeared to look behind their back as a shadowy Holmes lurked. His newly-moustached partner Watson was then shown dining in a restaurant.
Although a return date for the third series has yet to be confirmed, it is expected to air in late 2013 or early 2014.
Sneak Peek new images from "The White Queen", Season 1, airing August 10, 2013 on Starz.
Set in the year 1464, the series is based on a trilogy of books by author Philippa Gregory, narrated through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - 'Elizabeth Woodville', 'Margaret Beaufort' and 'Anne Neville', who in their quest for power, will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.
'Edward IV' is crowned 'King of England' with the help of master manipulator, 'Lord Warwick'. But when Edward falls in love with 'Lancastrian' commoner, 'Elizabeth Woodville', Warwick's plan to control the throne comes crashing down.
Cast includes Aneurin Barnard as 'Richard Duke of Gloucester', Rebecca Ferguson as 'Queen Elizabeth', Amanda Hale as 'Lady Margaret Beaufort', Faye Marsay as 'Anne Neville', David Oakes as 'George Duke of Clarence', Max Irons as 'King Edward', Tom McKay as 'Jasper Tudor', Ben Lamb as 'Anthony Rivers', »
- Michael Stevens
There’s a very interesting and major BBC drama on the way that’s set against the iconic backdrop of the War of the Roses. The White Queen is a major new ten hour adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s vivid bestselling historical novel series The Cousin’s War for BBC One.
The White Queen is set to be the thrilling story of the women caught up in the on-going conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The drama airs on Sunday, June 16th at 9pm, on BBC One.
We’ve got the image above from the BBC but also scroll down below for a few stills and with more to come! Check out the brand new episode one clip below:
For those just finding out, here »
- Dan Bullock
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
The fans love to moan, but as the season seven finale approaches, Doctor Who is as good as - if not better than - ever before, argues Dan Martin
The Doctor Who finale is nearly upon us, and there are more questions to be answered than ever before. Two mysteries await their endgame – the true identity of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl, and the even more tantalising MacGuffin of the Doctor's real name. But behind the scenes an even greater question lurks. In its 50th year, its biggest ever, is Doctor Who dropping the ball?
Series seven (or 33) began with epic bluster. The previous run was criticised, not entirely undeservedly, for the convoluted puzzle box that was the River Song storyline. This time, it was announced, they were going to go the other way – no two-parters and no long-running storyline, but a bam-bam-bam of big, blockbusting, one-off stories. "Don't tell me the plot, »
- Dan Martin
Feature Den Of Geek 3 May 2013 - 07:00
We tot up the facts, rumours, and spoilers circulating about Sherlock’s currently filming third series…
Spoiler warning: we've tried to structure this in a way that means those who want to avoid spoilers, can.
The answer to that question, like most, depends very much on whom you ask. Pose it to the average, non-tv obsessed fellow in the street and they might reply, Sherlock, that’s the one with the flappy coated chap and him from The Office who’s now him from The Hobbit. They’re doing a third series? That’s grand, that. The wife’ll be pleased.
Burrow further into Sherlock fandom and ask someone familiar with the #setlock hashtag and the Purple Shirt of Sex though, and you’ll likely receive not just an answer, but a shooting schedule, a Tumblr of set-visit snaps, and a PowerPoint presentation »
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #15...
V for Vendetta, 2005.
Directed by James McTeigue.
Alan Moore's chilling tale about a dystopian near-future England under fascist control comes to life courtesy of The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski, who adapted the opus for the screen alongside first-time director James McTeigue and Agent Smith himself Hugo Weaving in 2005.
The film sees future Thor star Natalie Portman as Evey, a young woman who gets caught up in a revolution after being saved from a gang by V (Weaving), a mysterious Guy Fawkes-masked vigilante and freedom fighter looking to spark a revolution against the brutal totalitarian government. A solid box office hit upon release, »
- Flickering Myth
The BBC1 comedy crime drama pulls in eight million despite being cliche-ridden, Caribbean-flavoured nonsense. Who exactly is watching it?
Sometimes a hit show's blockbuster ratings are slightly baffling. Doc Martin was watched by 10m in its Noughties heyday and New Tricks has nudged towards that in recent years. Mrs Brown's Boys gets 8m and even approaches 5m for repeats. Emmerdale hovers around 7.5m yet no-one knows a single person who watches it. To that list, let's add Death In Paradise, which is currently pulling in close to 8m viewers an episode for its second series. Why? How?
Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie but filmed on the gorgeous real one of Guadeloupe, this featherlight BBC1 comedy-crime-drama follows uptight Met officer Richard Poole (Ben Miller), who flew in to investigate the death of a colleague but ended up staying on as police chief. So far, so standard "fish-out-of-water with hilarious consequences" fare. »
- Michael Hogan
• Nicholas Hoult's exclusive fashion shoot for the Observer
Nicholas Hoult has undergone a metamorphosis. He arrives at a west London café with his older sister, Rosie, a gorgeous slip of a girl who he later tells me is also an actor, and to whom he's close. His hair has been buzz-cut, he's got the beginnings of a beard (a beard!) and he seems to have lost a lot of weight, so his eyes are now even bigger than the usual pools of blue that take up most of his face. His cheekbones are ever more pronounced. He looks like a grown-up. A handsome, 6ft 3in action hero of a grown-up.
The physical change makes sense when you consider what he's »
- Shahesta Shaitly
17 items from 2013
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