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Martin Clunes is Arthur Conan Doyle in trailer for Arthur & George

Martin Clunes stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a new trailer for ITV's Arthur & George.

The three-part series is based on the Julian Barnes novel of the same name, covering true events in the life of the Sherlock Holmes creator.

Following the death of his wife, Conan Doyle is encouraged to find something to occupy himself with. He soon discovers the case of George Edalji (Arsher Ali), who has been wrongly accused of several high-profile crimes.

Accompanied by his servant Alfred 'Woodie' Wood (Charles Edwards), the novelist sets out to prove George Edalji's innocence.

The series also takes a look at Conan Doyle's relationship with younger woman Jean Leckie, who eventually became his second wife.

Other cast members in the series include Art Malik, Emma Fielding, Hattie Morahan and Sandra Voe.

Arthur & George is written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Waking The Dead).
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5 Things to Know Before Watching ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Premiere

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5 Things to Know Before Watching ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Premiere
After nearly a year away, it’s finally time to revisit the upstairs-downstairs drama of PBS’s “Downton Abbey.”

The new season continues in the Roarin’ 20s, an age of dramatic social and political change – guaranteed to annoy the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville). Radio will begin permeating homes and it’s bound to hit the Abbey sooner than later, further filling its occupants’ minds with ideas and visuals from far flung places.

Starting in 1924, Season 5 ties up several mysteries that have been haunting the Abbey for years and also settles some romantic storylines. Downstairs, alliances will form
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Ripper Street series 3 episode 6 review: The Incontrovertible Truth

Ripper Street delivers a darkly atmospheric tale with a charismatic guest performance from Laura Haddock this week...

This review contains spoilers.

3.6 The Incontrovertible Truth

Ripper Street has been rattling along nicely now for a few episodes, weaving through the streets of Whitechapel as the Leman Street trio continue to deal with the fallout from the locomotive disaster that opened the series. The Incontrovertible Truth pulls all of that back for a murder mystery set entirely within the confines of the station as Reid returns to work. After a woman is murdered in a Whitechapel room, the Lady Vera Montecute, found covered in blood in the same bed, is brought in and arrested on suspicion of murder. Given her connections to the ruling classes, Reid surmises that they have until dawn to crack the case and provide incontrovertible proof that Lady Montecute was the one wielding the murder weapon.

The Incontrovertible
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'Downton Abbey's' Laura Carmichael On Edith's Future

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'Downton Abbey's' Laura Carmichael On Edith's Future
"Downton Abbey" Season 4 ended with Lady Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, in all sorts of distress.

Between the disappearance of her beau, Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards), having to birth their daughter in secret, and then give her up for adoption, the middle Crawley daughter is suffering – a theme Laura said will continue for her character when the show returns to Masterpiece on PBS in January.

"She really fell very much in love with Michael Gregson and he very much understood her and respected her as a writer and as a sort of modern woman, which is ...

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24 great comedy shows that deserve more love

We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...

Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.

To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.

Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people,
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Arsher Ali and Art Malik join Martin Clunes in Arthur Conan Doyle drama

New cast members for the upcoming ITV drama Arthur & George have been announced.

Arsher Ali, Art Malik and Emma Fielding will star alongside Martin Clunes on the show.

Clunes is to play Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Ali (Four Lions, Complicit) will play George Edalji, and Malik (The Jewel in the Crown, True Lies) will play Reverend Shapurji Edalji.

Fielding (Silk, Dci Banks) will play Charlotte Edalji while Charles Edwards, Hattie Morahan and Sandra Voe also star.

Julian Barnes's novel Arthur & George, on which the series in based, tells the true story of George Edalji, a wrongly convicted man whose quest for freedom was championed by Conan Doyle.

It also explores the fascinating personal life of the Sherlock Holmes writer.

The three-parter will be written by Silent Witness and Waking the Dead scribe Ed Whitmore.
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Angela Lansbury is taking her 'Blithe Spirit' on a North American tour

Angela Lansbury is taking her 'Blithe Spirit' on a North American tour
Angela Lansbury is taking her Tony-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the road. The actress will be playing the medium Madame Arcati in a North American tour of the play, which will kick off in December at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The run will close in March at D.C.’s National Theatre, a place of historical significance for Lansbury, since it marked the site of the 1957 pre-Broadway tryout for her Broadway debut, Hotel Paradiso. Lansbury won one of her five Tonys for her work as Arcati in 2009, and returned to the role earlier this year
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'.Downton Abbey' Recap: Lady Mary Says 'No' To Lord Gillingham's Proposal; Anna Scarred From Rape

Downton Abbey returned this week with Anna (Joanne Froggatt) still reeling from the sexual assault she faced at the hands of Green (Nigel Harman), Lord Gillingham’s valet. Oblivious to the actions of his employee, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) continues to fall madly in love with the widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).

Anna Deals With Sexual Assault

Anna struggles with accepting that she bears no responsibility for what Green did to her. As a result, she’s walking around ravaged by guilt and with a sense that she’s brought the dirtiness upon herself. Bates (Brendan Coyle) knows that something is up with his wife, but seems no closer to the truth. The rest of Downton also notices that something is troubling the normally good-humored Anna, although, like Bates, no one knows the truth besides Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

Mrs. Hughes urges Anna to reveal what Green did to her,
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'.Downton Abbey' Recap: Lady Mary Reunites With Lord Gillingham, Anna Is Raped

Downton Abbey commenced last night’s episode with honored guests making their arrival for a party at the British estate. Among the guests is Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), who brings along his valet Green (Nigel Harman).

Lord Gillingham & Lady Mary

The affable Lord Gillingham, who’s single – unless you count the woman he’s courting – does his best to win over Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). If his first attempt is any indication, he’s going to need some help. After telling Mary he has no wife or children, he asks, “What about you?” Remembering her husband Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) death, he adds, “I just wasn’t thinking. Please forgive.”

Things take a positive turn for Gillingham when only he and Mary end up going horseback riding. Mary opens up in the alone time, telling her childhood friend about the many ways in which her late husband changed her.
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Mary Sheds Her Mourning Clothes; Robert Learns Mary Will Inherit Estate

Downton Abbey returned from last season’s tear fest with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) still recovering from Matthew’s (Dan Stevens) fatal celebratory drive after the birth of their firstborn son.

'Downton Abbey' Recap

Upstairs, Isobel (Penelope Wilton), like Mary, grieves for Matthew. Robert (Hugh Bonneville), however, seems almost glad that Mary’s husband and potential future head of the English estate is out of the picture. His wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), meanwhile, is preoccupied with finding a new maid in light of O’Brien’s (Siobhan Finneran) departure to India with Lady Flintshire.

In the servants’ area downstairs there’s still trouble brewing in the four-pointed love story involving Alfred (Matt Milne), Ivy (Cara Theobold), Jimmy (Ed Speleers) and Daisy (Sophie McShera). Thomas (Rob James-Collier) has made it his mission to drum up as much drama between the foursome as possible, causing concern for Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol). Meanwhile,
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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere: Lady Edith is not promised a happy ending

Last season's cliffhanger of "Downton Abbey" left people around the world shocked, angry and eager for the next installment.

Season 4 finally returns Sunday, Jan. 5, on PBS (check local listings). It picks up six months after Matthew (Dan Stevens) was killed in a car crash, immediately after his wife, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), gave birth to their son, George.

Mary is bereft in a way that only those utterly in love can be heartbroken. Wan, thin and brittle, she has little interest in her baby and none in anything else as she floats about in exquisite black dresses.

"She is now a widow and a mom," Dockery tells Zap2it. "There have been so many parts of her character I have played over the three years. She started out as a spoiled young aristocrat. The incident with the young Turkish aristocrat quite wobbled Mary.

"She became flawed and a little more humbled,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Philomena’ with Steve Coogan in Person

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new drama “Philomena” starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench!

Steve Coogan will be in attendance and participating in a Q&A following this screening!

Philomena,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Nov. 27, 2013, also stars Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Charles Edwards and Sean Mahon from director Stephen Frears and writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.

To win your free “Philomena” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn
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Exclusive Philomena Featurette

Watch a new exclusive featurette on Weinstein Co's Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Steven Frears directs the drama written for the screen by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the 2009 investigative book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" written by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith. Also on board the cast are Charlie Murphy, Anna Maxwell Martin, Simone Lahbib, Neve Gachev, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charlotte Rickard and Charles Edwards. Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was
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Bond Rescues Elderly Mom Philomena from MPAA Evildoers

James Bond spoof helps to rescue ‘Philomena’ from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America (Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video) James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a new movie featuring communists and/or terrorists, but in a Funny or Die video, with Steve Coogan as a shoot-first-ask-questions-later James Bond (Adam Sandler better watch out) and Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M. See video below: Here’s the story: The publicity-savvy The Weinstein Company and the prudish censorship board of the Motion Picture Association of America were at it again, doing the best they can to ensure that: TWC movies get lots of free buzz (particularly important as awards season is here). In recent years, think Bully, Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech. The MPAA ratings look as arbitrary,
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New Exclusive Clip from Weinstein Co's Philomena Starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench

A new exclusive clip is up from Weinstein Co's Philomena drama starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. The film opens November 22nd and is directed by Stephen Frears from the script by Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the 2009 investigative book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith called "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee." Also on board the cast are Charlie Murphy, Anna Maxwell Martin, Simone Lahbib, Neve Gachev, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charlotte Rickard and Charles Edwards. Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort
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Philomena Trailer Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Philomena Trailer Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan bring an incredible true story to life on the big screen with the first trailer and two posters for Philomena. Stephen Frears directs this adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book that follows an Irish-Catholic woman who, with the help of a BBC reporter (Steve Coogan), tracks down the son she sent away for adoption in the United States several years prior. The drama will be released by The Weinstein Company in limited release November 22, with an expansion to follow on November 27.

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to
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Philomena Trailer Starring Steve Coogan and Julie Dench

Watch the trailer for Weinstein Co's Philomena which finds release on January 10th, with a cast including Steve Coogan, Judi Dench, Charlie Murphy, Anna Maxwell Martin, Simone Lahbib, Neve Gachev, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charlotte Rickard and Charles Edwards. Stephen Frears directed the dramedy scripted by Coogan and Jeff Pope based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by Martin Sixsmith. Coogan also produces alongside Tracey Seaward and Gabrielle Tana.
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Steve Coogen, Judy Dench in Philomena poster 2

Check out the second poster for the award-winning drama Philomena, starring Steve Coogen and Judy Dench. The Weinstein Company distributes the film directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Mrs. Henderson Presents), finding U.S. release on November 27th, 2013. Mare Winningham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Simone Lahbib and Charles Edwards co-star in the film also known as The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. The true-life story tells of Lee, a woman who was forced to give up her son by the Catholic church, and sold him for adoption.
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'Philomena': Judi Dench, Steve Coogan join forces in trailer - watch

'Philomena': Judi Dench, Steve Coogan join forces in trailer - watch
Philomena has released a Us trailer.

The film stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the true story of a woman's search for her lost son.

Coogan portrays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who is convinced to go against character and take on a human interest story.

He meets Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish woman who was forcibly parted from her illegitimate son years before. He agrees to join her on a trip to the Us to find her child.

Director Stephen Frears's film also features Michelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham and Charles Edwards.

The movie was adapted from Sixsmith's book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.

Dench was last seen in Skyfall. Coogan recently reprised his most famous role in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Philomena will open in UK cinemas on November 1 and arrive in the Us on December 25.
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New Us Trailer for Philomena Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

The Weinstein Company has released the Us theatrical trailer for director Stephen Frears’ (The Queen) upcoming comedic drama Philomena. Based on a true story, the film centers on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman seeking the illegitimate son she was forced to put up for adoption. Steve Coogan plays former BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith, who aided Lee in the search for her son. I caught the film at Tiff and it’s much less “gooey” than this trailer would suggest, but the trailer does do a nice job of showcasing Dench’s wonderful performance as the titular Philomena, even if it does verge on giving away too much of the story. Dench and Coogan make a truly great comedic duo, and the film is surprisingly thoughtful despite its Lifetime Movie-esque premise. Honestly, it’s one of the more pleasantly surprising films I’ve seen this year and will like
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