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From Michelle Dockery to Joanne Froggatt, Where to Catch the ‘Downton Abbey’ Cast This Fall

Nearly two years after Downton Abbey went off the air, most of the beloved ensemble cast is back in action on screen and stage, with Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens and Joanne Froggatt leading several high-profile projects coming out this fall.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

Even though the period drama ended in 2015, this year can definitely be dubbed “2017: Life After Abbey.” And to think, all we care about is a Downton Abbey movie!

Check out what’s coming up (and highlights of a few things you may have missed):

Michelle Dockery

Good Behavior (TNT)

Premieres 10/15

Godless (Netflix)

Premieres 11/22

Photo: PBS / Getty Images / TNT / Netflix

Dockery, aka Lady Mary, was one of the first cast members out of the gates with a decidedly un-Downton-like character, playing con artist and recovering drug addict Letty Raines on TNT’s Good Behavior. “I was very fortunate when it came along,” Dockery told Et. “I wasn’t
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Viceroy’s House Movie Review

There are some films that you see and you instantly know what you want to say about it, how you want to say it and exactly what you think. Then there are the types of films that make you think. You need to go away and understand what you saw and then write. The Viceroy’s House is one of those films.

A story about the transfer of power from Britain to India and the partition is something I think every South Asian with an Indian or Pakistani heritage is familiar with. It is a sensitive subject that has been presented many a times in the Indian film industry and is used even now as a main topic or an underlying backstory. The stories we are familiar with, are generally told from the South Asian perspective. Gurinder Chadha has turned the story around, and told it from the British point of view.
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‘Prime Suspect’ Sequel ‘Tennison’ Greenlit by U.K. Broadcaster ITV

‘Prime Suspect’ Sequel ‘Tennison’ Greenlit by U.K. Broadcaster ITV
London — U.K. broadcaster ITV has greenlit a prequel to multi Emmy-winning crime series “Prime Suspect,” which starred Helen Mirren and ran for seven seasons. The new series “Tennison” will be written by “Prime Suspect” scribe Lynda La Plante, and will air next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of “Prime Suspect.”

“Tennison,” which will comprise six hour-long episodes, portrays the young Jane Tennison beginning her career and reveals why she became such a complex and formidable character in London’s police force. It’s set in East London in the 1970s, when women police officers are being uneasily “integrated” into the force. Twenty-two year-old Tennison is a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent.

Single-minded and ambitious, if a touch naive, Tennison’s dedicated and instinctive approach to her career is evident from the start.
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Lynda La Plante Teams With Lionsgate TV For 'Villains Of All Nations' Pirate Series

Exclusive: Acclaimed British TV writer-producer Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect, is set to develop Villains of All Nations, a drama series for Lionsgate TV based on historian Marcus Rediker’s book about the “Golden Age” of piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. The project is described as a "modern, bold and gritty interpretation of the genre," using Redkier's book as a springboard. Lionsgate TV Group president Kevin Beggs said the company had been looking to work with La Plante for a while. “Not only is she a brilliant writer, she happens to have a longtime love and knowledge of the subject matter, and we believe she can achieve exactly the kind of ‘Deadwood on the high seas’ sensibility we’re looking for," he said. On Villians of All Nations, La Plante joins executive producers Alexandra Milchan (Street King) and Alessandro Camon (Thank You for Smoking). Redike is
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Helen Mirren’s ‘Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection’ to be released

HollywoodNews.com: Helen Mirren’s iconic, Emmy-winning role in “Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection” helped the show win more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® and a Peabody. Now fans will be able to relive the classic moments on their home television when it debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 7, 2010.

Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as Detective Jane Tennison, “one of the great character creations of our time” (The Washington Post), in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® (“Outstanding Miniseries” and “Outstanding Actress”), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The 9-disc set includes nine feature-length mysteries as well as a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special ($124.99, www.AcornOnline.com).

Tenacious, driven, and deeply flawed, Tennison rises through the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police, solving horrific crimes while battling office sexism and her own demons. “Rare
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The Commander: Set 1 (review)

Oh, but women have come a long way in London’s Metropolitan Police since Lynda La Plante thrust Helen Mirren up the chain of command to Dci in Prime Suspect in 1991, almost 20 years ago. Today -- or back in 2003, when The Commander debuted -- there are enough women high up in the Met that they can afford to be mavericky rulebreakers like Clare Blake... at least on TV. As commander of the Serious Crime Group -- several steps above the rank of Dci and the highest-ranking woman in New Scotland Yard -- Blake has to have been a cocky so-and-so to get where she is, and that’s probably what fuels her recklessness once she’s there. And that’s where this four-disc set of The Commander begins: with Blake having an affair with a murderer she sent away a decade earlier, a guy just out on early parole and
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Crime a winning formula for ITV1

The first part of a special The Bill two-parter plus the conclusion of The Commander boosted ITV1 to ratings victory on Wednesday night. The Bill: Proof of Life, which took the officers of Sun Hill to Germany, dominated the 8pm hour, averaging 5.64m (24%). ITV1's success continued at 9pm, where the final part of The Commander pulled in 5.68m (24.1%), up 610,000 from yesterday. Each episode of the Lynda La Plante crime drama won its timeslot, even on Monday when it went up against Spooks. BBC Two's Heroes was significantly up week-on-week with 2.32m (9.7%); companion show Heroes Unmasked was also up, averaging 1.42m (6.2%). 972,500 (5.9%) tuned in for a first look at the next episode on BBC Three. A Dispatches film on Channel 4 that looked into poverty and spirituality of all shades in Nigeria had 1.27m (5.4%), while 938,400 (more)
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Burton interested in comedy role

Amanda Burton has voiced her desire to take on a comedic role. The Commander actress, known for portraying earnest characters, revealed to Digital Spy that she expects to find it difficult making the transition to more humorous parts. She said: "Yeah, I suppose I would [like to do comedy], but I don't think you can make that crossover very easily when you're seen (more)
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Burton keen for more 'Commander'

Amanda Burton has revealed that she will star in at least one more instalment of The Commander. Burton, who returns to the role of Clare Blake for Lynda La Plante's police drama next Monday, told Digital Spy that her fondness for the character will bring her back for another case. "I thoroughly enjoy the character and I love all the other characters as well," she said. "It's a good show. It has a lot of humour in it as well as the dark side." However, Burton noted that just as her time on the BBC's Silent Witness ran its course, she would have no hesitation (more)
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