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20 TV Shows to Watch While You Wait for 'Sherlock' to Return

2 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Sherlock" may not return for its fourth season until -- say it ain't so -- 2017, due to the hectic film schedules of in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In the meantime, you can rewatch all three seasons and soon you can binge on Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and Freeman in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies." But what then?

If you're craving more veddy British crime solving, you don't have far to look. Here are some of the best series the BBC (and ITV) has to offer, with private detectives, psychiatrists, cops, spies, and forensic pathologists all cracking cases, catching criminals and drinking lots of tea.

1. "Sherlock Holmes" (1984-1994)

If it's more Sherlock you crave (and not just Mr. Cumberbatch), then you must see Jeremy Brett's intensely intellectual (and equally arrogant) period-appropriate take on the legendary detective. This Watson is also solid, especially in "The House of the Baskervilles. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Filming Starts On BBC Two’s Bernard Cornwell Epic Adaptation ‘The Last Kingdom’

24 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

9th century Ad; many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, only the great Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great . It is the last kingdom.

Thn have just received news that BBC Two, BBC America and the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning producers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films, have announced that principle photography has begun on The Last Kingdom.

Set to be a new historical 8 episode, 60 minute series, The Last Kingdom is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of books “The Saxon Stories”, by BAFTA nominated and Rts award-winning writer Stephen Butchard. The production has kicked off filming in Hungary and the UK.

There’s a huge cast involved that includes Alexander Dreymon (American Horror Story, Blood Ransom) who heads up the cast, plus Rutger Hauer (True Blood, Blade Runner), David Dawson »

- Dan Bullock

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‘American Horror Story’ Star to Lead ‘Last Kingdom’ Cast

24 November 2014 8:06 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “American Horror Story’s” Alexander Dreymon and “True Blood’s” Rutger Hauer have joined the cast of historical drama “The Last Kingdom,” which is produced by “Downton Abbey’s” Carnival Films.

The BBC America/BBC series, which is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s series of books “The Saxon Stories” by writer Stephen Butchard, has started filming in Hungary and the U.K.

The cast, which has been drawn from eight different European countries, also includes David Dawson (“Ripper Street”), Emily Cox (“The Silent Mountain,” “Circle of Life”), Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina,” “Mi-5”), Ian Hart (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Bridge”), and Tobias Santelmann (“Kon-Tiki,” “Hercules — The Thracian Wars”).

The series is set in the 9th century Ad when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings; only the Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great »

- Leo Barraclough

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Alexander Dreymon and Rutger Hauer begin filming The Last Kingdom

24 November 2014 7:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alexander Dreymon and Rutger Hauer are to star in The Last Kingdom.

Filming has begun on the BBC Two adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales, in which Matthew Macfadyen and David Dawson also feature.

The series of historical adventure novels penned by the Sharpe creator will be adapted by Good Cop writer Stephen Butchard.

Eight-part drama The Last Kingdom - named for the first book in the series - will be made by Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films.

Emily Cox, Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire), Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (A Royal Affair), Peter Gantzler (A-klassen), Joseph Millson (Penny Dreadful), Alexandre Willaume, Rune Temte, and Henning Valin Jakobsen, Tom Taylor, Jocelyn Macnab and Madeleine Power also star.

Set in the year 872, the show will follow Uhtred - a hero raised by the same Vikings who slaughtered his Saxon parents.

"Cornwell's Saxon novels combine historical figures and events with fiction in an utterly compelling way, »

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Full Cast Announced For "Last Kingdom"

24 November 2014 6:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A large international cast has been announced for the upcoming big-budget historical drama series "The Last Kingdom" for BBC America, BBC Two and Carnival Films.

The eight-episode series, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling books "The Saxon Stories," will combine real historical figures and events with fictional characters during the 9th century reign of Alfred the Great, the Wessex king who united many separate kingdoms to fight off a Viking invasion.

Rutger Hauer, Alexander Dreymon ("American Horror Story: Coven"), Matthew Macfadyen ("Ripper Street"), Ian Hart ("Boardwalk Empire"), David Dawson ("Ripper Street"), Emily Cox ("The Silent Mountain"), Tobias Santelmann ("Kon-Tiki"), Thomas W. Gabrielsson ("A Royal Affair"), Peter Gantzler ("Italian For Beginners), Joseph Millson ("Penny Dreadful"), Alexandre Willaume ("Over The Edge"), Rune Temte ("The Accident"), and Henning Valin Jakobsen ("The Bridge/Bron") will star.

Shooting is underway in Hungary and the UK. Stephen Butchard is adapting the script while Nigel Marchant »

- Garth Franklin

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Rutger Hauer, 'American Horror Story,' 'Ripper Street' Stars Board BBC's 'Last Kingdom'

24 November 2014 5:24 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BBC America, BBC and Carnival Films, the NBCUniversal-owned production house behind Downton Abbey, have unveiled the lineup for The Last Kingdom, their upcoming Viking TV drama. Based on Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series of novels, The Saxon Stories, the TV show has now started filming, with production in Hungary and the U.K. Rutger Hauer joins a cast headed by American Horror Story star Alexander Dreymon and also featuring Ripper Street’s David Dawson. Other castmembers include Emily Cox (Circle of Life), Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina), Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge), Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (A Royal

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- Alex Ritman

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The 31 Best TV Shows on Netflix Streaming Right Now

20 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Nothing good on TV? Cut your cable? Thank goodness there's plenty of fantastic TV series on Netflix.

Whether you've always meant to catch up with "The Walking Dead" or "Sons of Anarchy," or want to revisit a classic like "Miami Vice" or "Twin Peaks," they're among the many great shows available to stream right now on Netflix.

(Availability subject to change.)

1. "Alias"

Miss when Jennifer Garner kicked ass on a regular basis? Relive her days as superspy Sydney Bristow and (in the first two seasons) Bradley Cooper as the guy who's not so secretly in love with her.

2. "Bates Motel"

Norman Bates and his mother run a hotel where people end up dying, but that's about all this series has in common with the Hitchcock movie that inspired it.

3. "Being Human"

Aidan Turner (lovestruck dwarf Kili in "The Hobbit" films) stars as a hot vampire in the British original series where he, »

- Sharon Knolle

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Loco to open with Lost In Karastan

20 November 2014 4:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.

Loco, the London Comedy Film Festival, will open Jan 22 with Ben HopkinsLost In Karastan (fka Epic), a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen as Emil Forester, a down-at-heel British director who is flattered when the president of Karastan invites him to film their national epic.

The festival presents Discovery Awards for shorts and features. The feature nominees are SuperBob by Jon Drever, Mle by Sarah Warren and The Fitzroy by Andrew Harmer. These films will be showcased on Curzon Home Cinema.

Other film selections include The Bubonic Play (world premiere); Dutch dark comedy Farewell To The Moon; Czech selection Totally Talking; and Onur Tukel’s vampire comedy Summer of Blood.

The classic films showing include Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Fisher King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Abigail’s Party, paired with a 1970s-themed drinks party. Kids’ screenings include Aladdin at the BFI IMAX »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Spooks: The Greater Good release date confirmed for 2015

18 November 2014 7:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Spooks: The Great Good has been confirmed for release next year.

The spy thriller, based on the BBC and Kudos Film and Television's long-running TV series, will open in UK cinemas on May 8, 2015 through Pinewood Pictures.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will lead the cast of the movie, with Spooks veteran Peter Firth reprising his role as Harry Pearce.

The storyline focuses on Pearce being forced to resign after high-profile terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody.

When Pearce disappears off a bridge into the Thames, former agent Will Holloway (Harington) is drafted in from Moscow to foil a bomb thread from Qasim and uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of his former mentor.

Spooks: The Greater Good was written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, with regular series director Bharat Nalluri behind the camera.

Spooks, known as Mi-5 in the Us, ran for 86 episodes »

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Spooks: The Greater Good release date confirmed for 2015

18 November 2014 7:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Spooks: The Great Good has been confirmed for release next year.

The spy thriller, based on the BBC and Kudos Film and Television's long-running TV series, will open in UK cinemas on May 8, 2015 through Pinewood Pictures.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will lead the cast of the movie, with Spooks veteran Peter Firth reprising his role as Harry Pearce.

The storyline focuses on Pearce being forced to resign after high-profile terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody.

When Pearce disappears off a bridge into the Thames, former agent Will Holloway (Harington) is drafted in from Moscow to foil a bomb thread from Qasim and uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of his former mentor.

Spooks: The Greater Good was written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, with regular series director Bharat Nalluri behind the camera.

Spooks, known as Mi-5 in the Us, ran for 86 episodes »

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Channel 4 Takes Stake in ‘Nazareth’ Producer Eleven Film

17 November 2014 3:48 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has taken a minority stake in production company Eleven Film, which has a TV drama series in development for U.S. network Fox called “Nazareth.”

The investment has been made through Channel 4’s Growth Fund, which aims to nurture the British independent production sector. The £20 million ($31.3 million) fund was launched at the beginning of the year. Channel 4 also has taken minority stakes in U.K.-based indies Arrow Media, Lightbox, Popkorn and True North.

Eleven Film was founded in 2006 by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, who have directed and produced a range of drama series, comedy and documentaries for the U.K. networks. Its credits include “Cast Offs” (Channel 4), “Candid Cameron” (BBC One), “Rick and Peter” (Channel 4), “Playhouse Presents: Mr Understood” (Sky Arts), “My Breasts Could Kill Me” (Sky 1), and most recently the eight-part drama series “Glue” (E4).

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- Leo Barraclough

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Ripper Street series 3 episode 2 review: The Beating Of Her Wings

16 November 2014 11:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ripper Street series 3 continues to impress, its world feeling more cohesive and encompassing than ever before...

This review contains spoilers.

3.2 The Beating Of Her Wings

The Beating of Her Wings finds Drake and Reid investigating a murder of a woman in a Dickensian curiosity shop, forcing them to reunite with Jackson in order to progress the investigation. They discover that the now missing Horace Buckley (Charlie Creed-Miles), the victim's husband, was deeply in debt to Susan's business, Obsidian Estates, and had had a run in with the debt collectors earlier that day. As the policemen hunt down Buckley, Susan is left looking after Capshaw's discovery, the daughter of the Buckleys, locked in the basement and seemingly traumatised as a result.

One of the interesting things so far about this series of Ripper Street is how it has stripped away the major historical references to become something much more focused on »

- louisamellor

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Ripper Street returns: But is it worth an Amazon Prime subscription?

14 November 2014 8:32 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Of all the shows to save, Ripper Street was a curious pick from Amazon's streaming service, the not-so-catchily-titled Prime Instant Video.

The show's first series rated well on Sunday nights, but its blend of backstreet Victorian crime and bromantic adventure didn't cause much of a stir. After its second series got shunted in the schedules, viewers dropped and even fewer people seemed to be talking about the period drama.

When the BBC announced that it wouldn't be returning for a third run, the show still had enough loyal fans to orchestrate a well co-ordinated campaign to demand a comeback.

As a show it always felt solid rather than spectacular. Potentially great, but never quite consistently achieving it. However, while its axing was unfortunate, the timing of its demise turned out to be very handy.

Off the back of Netflix's huge success in original programming, Amazon Prime has struggled to compete »

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Ripper Street season 3 episode 1 review: Whitechapel Terminus

14 November 2014 4:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ripper Street's series three opener seizes the show's second chance with both hands, and crackles with cast chemistry...

This review contains spoilers.   3.1 Whitechapel Terminus

Since its highly publicised cancellation and the subsequent deal to bring it back, Ripper Street has become a model for the power of a fan campaign when it comes to resurrecting cancelled shows. The second series may have been a little uneven, but it ended on an extremely strong note, putting characters first and producing a tense and dramatic finale. The second series closed with everyone very much at the end of their respective tethers; Reid had fallen far from the moralistic, upstanding inspector he had begun the series as, Drake is left broken with grief and Susan had finally broken free of Duggan and Jackson.

That final shot of Reid acknowledging just how much he had changed for the worse was a striking moment »

- louisamellor

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Ripper Street: Cancellation, campaigns and a comeback

12 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

On Friday (November 14), Ripper Street will launch its third series on Amazon Prime Instant Video, after the streaming service partnered with the BBC and producers Tiger Aspect to resurrect the cancelled series.

The period thriller aired its first six episodes on BBC One in late 2012 / early 2013, attracting a peak audience of 7.9m, but a second series - shifted from Sundays to a Monday night slot and positioned opposite ITV's popular I'm a Celebrity - failed to replicate these numbers.

Nevertheless, when the BBC announced in December 2013 that a third run would not be going ahead, disappointed fans made their voices heard - via social media and via online appeals, with a leading petition attracting over 40,000 signatures.

Jerome Flynn, who plays troubled Bennet Drake, believes that what so inspired fans is "probably the same thing" that attracted him and his fellow cast-members to Ripper Street in the first place.

"It's emotive and dramatic, »

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Ripper Street series 3 clips: Watch the inspectors analyse new crime scene

11 November 2014 2:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Two clips from the new series of Ripper Street have been unveiled exclusively on Digital Spy.

They see the inspectors use their powers of deduction to analyse a crime scene and deal with the press after being apprehended by a reporter.

The acclaimed drama will return for a third series exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Friday (November 14).

Launching with a double bill, new episodes will then debut every Friday, culminating in an explosive finale on Boxing Day (December 26).

Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and Myanna Buring all reprise their roles in the upcoming series.

Originally cancelled by BBC One after two series, Ripper Street was revived as part of a co-production with Amazon Prime Instant Video back in February.

The third run - which will see Sherlock's Louise Brealey join the cast - will transmit on BBC One in 2015. »

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Catch-up TV guide: from Ripper Street to The Art Of The Gothic

7 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ripper Street | The Revolution Will Be Televised | Last Week Tonight With John Oliver | Grayson Perry: Who Are You | The Art Of The Gothic

Given the axe then suddenly saved from the chop is a show that contains more than its share of both just as Ripper Street was getting into its stride the BBC saw fit to cancel it, only for Amazon to hurl it a lifeline. Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenburg and Jerome Flynn are the trio of cops holding back the inexorable tide of murder and anarchy in 1890s Whitechapel; gruesome killings, political intrigue and the customary smatterings of romance and action make this a pulp period drama much greater than the sum of its hackneyed parts. Watch the first two episodes of season three on Amazon Prime from Friday. The series will be shown on the Beeb in the new year.

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- Rachel Aroesti, Luke Holland & Gwilym Mumford

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Ripper Street preview: season three is bigger in every way

6 November 2014 7:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Victorian detective drama, saved from the axe by Amazon Prime, is back for a third run next week. If the first two episodes are anything to go by, its better than ever

Riveting Victorian crime drama Ripper Street was saved from the axe by a rich benefactor earlier this year, and on 14 November, Amazon Prime subscribers will finally get to see series three of the show they couldnt hang. Viewers of its former home, BBC1, will have to wait until some time in the new year.

Set in Londons fetid East End in the late 19th century, creator Richard Warlows stories are not all, as the name suggests, of murdered doxies and fetishised male-on-female violence. The coppers of H Division, played by Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, are called upon to investigate every kind of crime imaginable against a convincing backdrop of poverty, industrialisation and social change. »

- Julia Raeside

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13 'Pride and Prejudice'-inspired movies, books, TV shows and more, ranked

27 October 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a person in want of a good project will adapt Pride and Prejudice-if not always to dazzling effect. The latest take, a two-part miniseries called Death Comes to Pemberley, premiered yesterday on PBS. And if there's anything P&P fans like almost as much as Austen's book, it's consuming and then critiquing the various interpretations of it. Which is why we're taking this opportunity to rank 13 different iterations of Pride & Prejudice, from the best (the 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth is a nigh-untouchable high point) to the significantly less great. 1. Pride and Prejudice (miniseries »

- Kat Ward

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Ripper Street returns: Watch series 3 first-look trailer

23 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Get a first look at the new series of Ripper Street exclusively on Digital Spy.

The acclaimed drama will return for a third series exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video from Friday, November 14.

Launching with a double-bill, new episodes will then debut every Friday, culminating in an explosive finale on Boxing Day (December 26).

Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and Myanna Buring are all seen reprising their roles in the new trailer, which teases a devastating train wreck sequence that opens the new series.

Originally cancelled by BBC One after two series, Ripper Street was revived as part of a co-production with Amazon Prime Instant Video back in February.

The third run - which will see Sherlock's Louise Brealey join the cast - will transmit on BBC One in 2015.

Ripper Street to air extended episodes on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Ripper Street returns: Fan outcry at axing led to revival, »

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