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2014 looks set to be a great year for new television drama and comedy in both the UK and Us, but it would be remiss of us not to tip our hats to the huge roster of returning favourites making their way back to our screens in the New Year.
So here's Digital Spy's highlights from the New Year's TV schedules - the 14 best shows coming back in 2014.
Sherlock (BBC One)
At last - at long last - Sherlock is back from the dead. Except a hair-raising reunion between Benedict Cumberbatch's presumed-dead detective and Martin Freeman's John Watson, a mind-blowing explanation as to exactly how Sherlock survived his fall, a malevolent new villain in the form of Lars Mikkelsen's Charles Augustus Magnussen and a ton of fan-baiting scenes just crying out for Tumblr gif-age.
Doctor Who (BBC One)
After 2013's 50th anniversary celebrations and Christmas special, we've got »
The UK's "In the Flesh" zombie miniseries returns in 2014 with six more episodes, and this new promo for BBC America gives us our first taste of Series 2 along with the other great British shows and ground-breaking American originals that the network has coming up in the new year.
Series 2, which will air on BBC Three as well as the aforementioned BBC America, revisits the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace. After the shocking events of Series 1, Kieren (Luke Newberry) is hoping to get on with his second life, but the arrival of new and explosive characters throws those plans into disarray. Battle lines are drawn, and all will be judged.
Writer Dominic Mitchell »
- Debi Moore
"It was exhausting to be young," Irish actress Orla Brady, 52, tells me frankly. "There was this critical voice going, 'Hopeless.' And now I like life to be a little bit easier, so I consciously switch it off."
It's hard to believe Brady was once a chubby convent girl with self-esteem issues. In the flesh, she's radiant.
On Christmas Day, she stars in Doctor Who – The Time of the Doctor, playing Tasha Lem, a "galactic nun", an old ally of the Doctor's.
She applauds Steven Moffat for casting actresses over the age of 40. "He's not looking for that babelicious thing you see on TV, where you start to think stories aren't relevant to those of us our age."
Brady has been based in La for the past decade, »
- Liz Hoggard
Odd List Den Of Geek 20 Dec 2013 - 07:00
As nominated by Den of Geek writers, here are our favourite individual TV episodes of 2013…
Contains mild spoilers for some episodes.
A fortnight ago, Den of Geek's writers were asked to channel their inner Rob Gordon and select their top five favourite TV episodes of 2013 so far (anything airing in the second half of December wouldn't be eligible). Now, after much arduous mathematics and tallying up, the results are in.
So broad was the range of nominations, we've bumped up the top ten to a top fifteen this year, and included a bonus extra list at the end of every programme that appeared on the writers' lists of personal favourites.
Here we are then, the Den of Geek writers' favourite fifteen TV episodes of 2013...
15. Arrow – Sacrifice
What our reviewer said:
"But this was as entertaining and satisfying a finale as Arrow could ever have delivered, »
In 2013, Digital Spy has embraced all that UK and Us television has to offer - from the very best of comedy and drama, to the merely middling, to the absolute stinkers.
But now it's time to celebrate only the finest cuts - it's our top TV shows of the year, continuing now with 15-11.
15. My Mad Fat Diary
No-one quite knew what to expect when My Mad Fat Diary hit our screens at the beginning of the year, but before long we were all in love with Rae and co. From the brilliant, nostalgic '90s soundtrack to the quirky on-screen graphics and tricks; from the romances to the unashamed honesty about teenage life (good God, that period skirt), My Mad Fat Diary was utterly charming.
It had something for everyone, from goofy, adorable Archie to Tumblr-ready Finn, and who doesn't know "a Chloe"? Add to that a delicate, thoughtful »
If you scan the various year-end superlatives from TV critics that have already made it online, there's a running theme to them: There was a Lot of good television on in 2013. So much, in fact, that HitFix's Alan Sepinwall lamented (way back in April!) that it was practically impossible to pay attention to all of it.
He's right: The explosion of original programming on newer cable channels and non-traditional outlets -- and the responsive stepping up of the game on the part of some more established players -- has made this year a dizzyingly good and varied one for TV junkies. Zap2it will start its rundown of the best individual episodes of 2013 next week, and yours truly is taking part in the annual HitFix critics' poll, where my Top 10 shows will be listed alongside numerous other reviewers' picks.
That list, of course, is necessarily made up of shows I »
Some programmes run their natural course, but here's five UK shows axed before their time - a quintet of classics we'll still be missing come 2014…
The Hour (2011-2012)
The final episode of BBC Two's nuanced newsroom drama may have been broadcast in late 2012, but it wasn't until February of this year that we were told a third series wasn't happening.
To rub salt into the wound, the second run ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger - with Ben Whishaw's Freddie barely clinging to life - and Romola Garai (Bel) has recently poured cold water on the rumours that this classy bit of telly might return for a one-off special.
Being Human (2008-2013)
Being Human 2.0, we hardly knew ye. »
We told you back in September that A&E is developing The Returned, based on the French series Les Revenants (The Returned), maybe with some Carlton Cuse involvement. Similar to ABC’s Resurrection which premieres in March, NBC’s in-development Babylon Field, and BBC American’s In the Flesh, sthe original The Returned is about people returning from the dead.
If you’d like to see that original French series, the Sundance Channel has acquired it and has been airing it. No worries if you haven’t caught it yet, because they’re showing marathons every Sunday in December. Here are the details:
It Is Not Too Late To Say Bonjour To “The Returned,” Catch Up With The Series That Has Fans Exclaiming “Oui!” Sundance Channel To Marathon All Episodes Of The Hit French Series Throughout The Month Of December
“The best series of the fall, possibly of the year. »
- Erin Willard
You may have noticed that we’ve gone a little review-happy over the past few days here at SciFi Mafia; there are two reasons for that, and they’re both good. One, we’ve been getting a lot of great things to review as the holidays approach, and two, we wanted to get these reviews posted for you before the Big Shopping Onslaught begins.
In fact, we’ve gathered the reviews for the year all together for you in an easy reference list below that we are calling the SciFiMafia.com Shop From Your Recliner Blu-ray/DVD, Soundtrack, and Book Gift Guide 2013. It’s a list of links to all of the movie and TV Blu-rays, DVDs, and soundtracks, and books we reviewed this year, followed by the star rating. Click on the link and you’ll see the review, and at the bottom of the review is an Amazon ordering link. »
- Erin Willard
You won’t just become addicted to Sundance Channel’s French-language drama about people returning from the dead; it will haunt your dreams. "Your Next Television Obsession Is French Supernatural Thriller The Returned" In the opening sequence of extraordinary French thriller The Returned, a yellow butterfly, pinned and placed in a display case, mounted on a wall, unexpectedly flutters back to life and smashes through its glass prison. It’s an enigmatically beautiful moment, and an apt metaphor for the overall premise of The Returned (which premieres Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel), a collision between the worlds of the living and the dead that leaves both shattered. Created by Fabrice Gobert (who shares directing duties with Frédéric Mermoud) and based on a 2004 film of the same name, The Returned (in French, Les Revenants) is unlike anything else on television, on either side of the Atlantic, an atmosphere-laden »
- Jace Lacob
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family is looking to turn The Hand that Rocks the Cradle into a series. While it makes sense the network whose biggest hit is Pretty Little Liars would be looking for antoher campy thriller, I can’t figure out how such a series lasts more than a season.
Earlier in the day, Comedy Central announced that it ordered another season of Brickleberry, tempting me to crack that Comedy Central was now wearing the name ironically. Then it also renewed Key & Peele and Drunk History, and I trust its idea of comedy once more.
Deadline reports that CBS is considering ordering a thematic spin-off of How I Met Your Mother. Nicknamed “How I Met Your Father” the show would follow »
- Lyle Masaki
The dead are walking again, and not just on AMC. Qualitatively speaking, two polar opposites with zombie themes premiere in the next week: “The Returned,” a brainy, bizarre yet strangely hypnotic French drama based on the film “Les Revenants,” being shown with subtitles on Sundance Channel; and “Zombie Night,” a brain-dead exploitation pic from Syfy, more interesting for its auspices (more on that shortly) and cheeky casting than anything onscreen. If there’s one to watch it’s the former, reflecting some of the interesting TV work being done around the globe, and the willingness of programming-hungry niche networks to provide it a showcase.
To call “The Returned” a zombie story is actually something of a misnomer, since it’s really a tale of grief and loss — and a rumination on life and death — with a creepy undercurrent running through it. The show also tries to do a bit too much, »
- Brian Lowry
And the new sci-fi series just keep on coming! How did we get so lucky? The latest news on the new series front is from BBC America, who has announced it has given the green light to 8 episodes of new original series Intruders. Based on Michael Marshall Smith‘s novel The Intruders, with a script by Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Millennium, The Others, The River), the new series is set to begin production in early spring 2014.
The series is about a “secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.” Excellent.
New York – Friday, October 18 – BBC America has greenlit new original thriller series, Intruders, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Those Who Kill), writer and executive producer, has penned the script based on Michael Marshall Smith’s novel The Intruders. Executive »
- Erin Willard
Genre: Horror | Drama
Original Broadcast Network: BBC America
Run time: Approximately 180 minutes (3 episodes)
Release date: October 8, 2013
Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell
Director: Jonny Campbell
In The Flesh, BBC America’s three-part series that Wired called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community »
- Erin Willard
It's now been eight months since he filmed his final scenes as Hollyoaks favourite Brendan Brady, but actor Emmett Scanlan is as busy as ever with a new part on BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh and a second series of BBC Two's The Fall on the way.
Digital Spy caught up with Emmett this week for an in-depth chat about his new projects, life after soapland and whether he'd ever be tempted to revisit the role of Brendan…
How did you become involved with In The Flesh and what attracted you to the show?
"Doing In The Flesh was a no-brainer for me, no pun intended. I was asked to come in and read for this new character that the show's writer Dominic Mitchell was developing - Simon, one of the disciples of the Undead Prophet. Dominic is a fantastic writer. His spin on the zombie genre is so unique and so layered, »
The past few years has seen rejected pilots get second chances. In 2007, CBS rejected Babylon Fields, an ahead-of-its-time zombie drama about a town where people rise from the dead and return to their old homes. Now, NBC is giving the series another try according to Deadline. I expect it will have to work to avoid seeming like a copycat of shows that came afterward like In the Flesh and Les Revenants.
It’s official. Ronan Farrow will host a show on MSNBC starting in 2014. Farrow says he wants to create a show that works as “a guide on how people can have agency in the story”. In the meantime, expect to see more of Farrow on MSNBC.
Last night, South Park missed an air date for ths first time in 240 episodes due to a power outage the previous night that made it impossible to get those last-minute touches done. »
- Lyle Masaki
BBC Three recently announced that Wunmi Mosaku (Citadel, Dancing On The Edge) will be joining the second-season cast of its zombie re-integration drama, In The Flesh. The first season of In The Flesh, which was released on DVD and video-streaming last week, went like this: In The Flesh is the story of teenager Kieren Walker and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated in one freak night; and now, after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually »
- Emmanuel Akitobi
News Louisa Mellor 16 Oct 2013 - 09:21
Dennis Kelly's unsettling conspiracy drama is returning next year with six new fifty-minute episodes, including - in Kelly's own words - "a very odd" series opener, "which people are either going to really like or really say ‘what the fuck did you do that for?’ and I’ve got no idea what the reaction’s going to be".
Also returning for »
Filming has begun on the second series of the award-nominated BBC Three zombie drama, In The Flesh.
Critically acclaimed creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker, a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance.
Over six-episodes, Series Two propels us back to the cauldron of Roarton where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, with Kieren desperately keeping his head down, squirrelling money into his ‘escape fund’. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of Pds Terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army. With the arrival in the village of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Filming has begun on the second season of the zombie drama In the Flesh.
Creator, Dominic Mitchell, reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker, a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance.
The six-part thriller, a BBC America co-production with BBC Drama Production North, is set to return to the channel in 2014 as part of Supernatural Saturday.
In the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his 'escape fund'. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of Pds Terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army (Ula).
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