How do you pass the time between when the broadcast of Sherlock 3 is in our rearview mirror and preliminary production filming begins on Sherlock 4? If you’re Sherlock director, Paul McGuigan, you take on the newest adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, obviously. McGuigan directed four episodes during the first two series of the runaway BBC/PBS hit series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
The most recent adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic was the 2011 National Theatre presentation that starred future dueling Sherlocks, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternated roles of Victor Frankenstein and The Creature during the stage run. For the forthcoming adaptation, which began principal filming this past week in the UK, James McAvoy (State of Play, Atonement, Shameless and X-Men: First Class) will portray Victor Von Frankenstein while Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, in what is being reported as taking a ‘new twist’ on the classic story, will tell the story through the eyes of his shuffling helper, Igor.
Just added to the cast, although no word yet on what role he’ll play, is the brilliant Andrew Scott, whom many of us were introduced to with his stellar portrayal of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis, Moriarty in the BBC/PBS Sherlock ‘masterpiece’. While we’ll have to wait a bit to see what’s in store for Scott in Frankenstein, here’s hoping that come January, we’ll see a bit more of Scott as he is rumored to be featured in the resolution to ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ mystery when Sherlock returns.
While the jury is still out on this one and it’s way too early to even begin to formulate any thoughts on the production, you certainly can’t argue with the cast and crew assembled in front of and behind the camera.
As UK viewers will soon find out, Sir David Jason is set to return to the small screen and revive his character Granville in the revival of the classic sitcom Open All Hours. The one-off special, Still Open All Hours, is set to air this Christmas on BBC One. Jason originally starred with the late comic Ronnie Barker – who played stammering Albert Arkwright – in the much-loved show which ran from 1973 to 1985 and was set in a corner shop.
Sir David will be reunited with actress Lynda Baron, who played unlikely sex symbol nurse Gladys Emmanuel, in the half-hour Christmas special. Viewers will see Granville has taken over from his uncle Albert when Still Open All Hours is screened. Granville now runs the business with his son Leroy (James Baxter), a cheerful and good-looking lad who attracts many female admirers.
The special has been written by Roy Clarke, who also penned the original series. Remembering back to our 2010 PBS special, Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen, and traveling to Yorkshire to interview a then 80-year old Roy Clarke to get his thoughts on writing, we were in awe of one of most accommodating individuals on the planet who just happened to have written every episode of not only Open All Hours but also Last of the Summer Wine AND Keeping Up Appearances. Here, he gives his thoughts on how he approaches a sitcom from character to story arc. It’s easy to see why LOTSW, KUA and OAH were so successful.
According to producer Gareth Edwards, there are plans to follow the one-off special with a full series. He said: “I can’t say too much about the plot, but it does involve anchovy paste – that’s all I’m saying.”
Sherlock 3 – One mystery solved!
The BBC confirmed Friday the premiere airdate for Sherlock 3 on the BBC in the form of a hearse driving through the streets of London. Along for the ride were the appropriate flowers for the occasion announcing the date that the world’s most famous consulting detective will return to life on 1 January 2014. Happy 2014 to the UK from the BBC and Hartswood Films. Can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year! And, can’t think of a more appropriate place to stop along the route as THE place to pay your #r3spects…
While the BBC did also confirm the airdates for the complete series, in the ‘be careful what you ask for department‘, even the untrained detective eye could count up the hours and rejoice or lament that UK viewers will see two episodes within 4 days. In less than two weeks, the the entire series 3 will be history with the countdown calendar set to begin for 2016 and, I’m guessing, series 4 of Sherlock.
Almost immediately following, one week after the conclusion of series 3 in the UK, PBS in the States will premiere episode 1 of series 3 on Sunday, January 19. While a three week wait seems like light years in the Age of the Internet, beats the heck out of a 5 month delay that we all had to deal with for series 2.
Sherlock 3 trailer
Beginning tomorrow on a number of public television stations across the U.S., a new Doc Martin behind-the-scenes special will begin airing throughout December.
DOC MARTIN: REVEALED features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest Doc Martin series (Season 6) shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Fans of Doc Martin will get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large’s Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster. Instrumental in the making of the special by lending their support and talents were Simon the head audio tech along with Ian MacNeice and Joe Absolom (Bert and Al Large). Both actors recently paid a visit to the American Public Television Fall Marketplace in Boston earlier this month to meet public television programmers from around the U.S. and talk up the special and upcoming new series. I know, it’s the sacrifices we must make on your behalf…
Regular Tellyspotting readers may remember a late Spring, early Summer trip to Port Isaac by public television colleagues David Rubinsohn and Eric Luskin as they produced the upcoming Doc Martin: Revealed special. David recounted his trip and told of his hard-working efforts on the behalf of Doc Martin fans everywhere forcing himself to find the only pub in Port Isaac to ‘get acclimated to the local culture’.
Series 6 of everyone’s favorite curmudgeonly doctor begins this February on your local public television station. If you’re in the North Texas area, KERA Channel 13 will premiere Doc Martin: Revealed on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00pm. Doc Martin series 6 will premiere Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:00pm. Cheers!
Maybe it’s because I just can’t let go or maybe it’s because today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I’m waxing nostalgic about what I’m thankful for. Not quite at the top of the list, but pretty darn high up on the food chain is the last 50 years of Doctor Who. So, thank you to William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Peter McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and…Peter Capaldi. Thanks also to the BBC, Sydney Newman, Verity Lambert, Terry Nation and John Nation Turner for giving me endless hours of entertainment growing up.
Finally, thanks to Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat for the reboot and keeping the dream alive so we could get to the 50th and beyond. How could I not be thankful today for something that noted director, Steven Spielberg said: “…the world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who“.
So, days after the brilliant conclusion to the 50th anniversary celebration with the worldwide broadcasts of Mark Gatiss’ Adventure in Space and Time and Steven Moffat’s gift to fans with The Day of the Doctor last Saturday, comes this gem of a gift to Doctor Who fans worldwide written, directed, and initiated by Peter Davison and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to all. Let Zygons be Zygons, after all, it’s Thanksgiving.
What was your favorite Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration moment?
Sadly, what was a half-century in the making was over in a short span of one late-November weekend. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration came to a close with Saturdays broadcast of “The Day of the Doctor”.
Saturday’s mega-broadcast received a Guinness Book of World Records nod for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama after being broadcast in 94 countries across six continents. This is the second record setting mention in the GBofWR, with Doctor Who receiving its first Guinness Book recognition when it was named the most successful and longest running science fiction series on television in 2007. In addition to the TV broadcast, the long-awaited episode was screened in more than 1,500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, U.S., Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.
An Adventure in Space and Time BTS
This past weekend began with Mark Gatiss’ brilliant drama, An Adventure in Space and Time. Because we can’t let go of the fact that the 50th is now squarely in our rear-view mirror, here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes greatness to keep the celebration alive.
So as to not be forever pegged as someone that holds on to the past too long, let’s look ahead to the forthcoming Christmas special..short as it is, it is pure Doctor Who greatness. Take a look, then discuss amongst yourselves.
America’s Test Kitchen meets Downton Abbey as Chris Kimball takes on Mrs. Patmore.
Last year, Chris Kimball, host/founder/editor of public televisions signature culinary series, America’s Test Kitchen, and a card-carrying fan of Downton Abbey, created a menu inspired by the 1920s. He says the kitchen scenes in particular always catch his eye, as food was such an important part of Edwardian society. While declaring to being old enough to remember the first run of Upstairs, Downstairs as well as the incomparable The Duchess of Duke Street, he readily admits, in his own words, to “…the appeal of an enormous manor house with a kitchen harboring a coal stove the size of a small locomotive is undeniably appealing. Food was, indeed, the center of high-end Victorian and Edwardian living and a first-rate cook was in high demand.”
To get you ready for the premiere of series 4 on PBS, Kimball has put together a menu inspired by the time period of the series. Start the night off with Shrimp cocktail, followed by Crown Roast of Pork with Smashed Minty Peas and Parker House Rolls. Top it off with Tipsy Squire, a brilliant sponge cake trifle. Click here for the complete menu and accompanying recipes with traditional ATK tips and suggestions.
He promises that this menu is quite approachable, adding that you won’t need a staff of 10 to clarify stock, make elaborate pastries, or pull feathers from a pheasant! So, it’s time to channel your inner-most Mrs. Patmore and get to work planning that Downton Abbey season 4 premiere party. I’m betting you won’t hear Lady Grantham saying: “Oh, is her cooking so precisely timed? You couldn’t tell.”
If you need a few hints from the these are professionals, do not try this at home folks over at Downton Abbey, take a look behind-the-scenes at ‘dining at Downton’.
As a PBS viewer in the States (I wanted you to read it here first and not in a supermarket tabloid in the checkout line) when you tuned in Sunday and saw Carol Burnett receive the 2013 Mark Twain Prize, you were faced with the sad truth that it’s after hours for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of series 1 of The Paradise. It has shut its doors…for now.
For series 1, fans west of the Atlantic have, over the past 7 weeks, vicariously lived the life of a bright-eyed country girl, Denise Lovett, who finds more than just shop-girl work when she brings her clever ideas and ambition to Britain’s glamorous first department store, The Paradise. Denise, on the other hand, has come to know first hand the power struggles, intrigues and romance of retail as she catches the attention of the store’s dashing and enigmatic owner, John Moray. The Paradise revolves around the lives of the people who live and work in the store, each bound in their own way by the power of the world they live in, and the pasts that follow them there. It’s a love story, a mystery, a lavish costume drama and a social comedy all in one.
As you can see, series 2 takes place a year after the dramatic events (and all that entails) which occurred in the series 1 finale. Unfortunately, no spoilers here so you’ll have to wait until the series 2 premiere to find out what’s in store (sorry) for Lord Glendenning, Katherine, Denise and Moray. It promises to be more of the same…power struggles, intrigues and romance. Can’t wait.
While series 2 began on BBC One back in October of this year and is set to conclude on Sunday, 8 December, no U.S. broadcast date has been set as of yet on PBS.
Ok, I know we may be treading on thin ice here by not continuing to talk Doctor Who 50th less than 24 hours after the ‘official’ anniversary, but this is Sherlock folks. According to Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the message. In the case of Sherlock, PBS is the medium. #SherlockisNotDead and #SherlockLives is the message. January 19, 2014 is when medium and message collide.
The newest trailer has been released by PBS’ Masterpiece series and it says more than the law allows in 31 seconds without saying a word. John Watson’s face says it all. You be the judge. Are you ready for some Sherlock?
Just a reminder if might be thinking of buying that 2014 calendar on Black Friday this week and grab for that red pen out to begin circling dates for some appointment telly.
Word is that each episode will air in a two-hour slot and consist of the full BBC One broadcast version followed by a full on ‘making of’ mini-sode. Is it January 2014 yet?
50 years ago today, history was made in the UK at 5:16:20pm with the first ever broadcast of the British science fiction series, Doctor Who, with the episode “An Unearthly Child”. The 80-second delay from the advertised start time was due to extended news coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The first episode introduced the science fiction world not only to Doctor Who, but to William Hartnell as the Doctor and original companions Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and William Russell as Ian Chesterton. ‘An Earthly Child’ deals with Ian and Barbara’s discovery of the Doctor and his time-space ship TARDIS in a junkyard in contemporary London.
The original serial, which was actually supposed to be the second set of episodes, was filmed in September 1963. Because the episodes were predominantly videotaped as live, there was little to no time built in for re-takes or breaks in recording. While this created a production scenario that allowed for quick completion, left room for the many mistakes that were glaring in the early days. Following several technical problems and errors made during the “An Earthly Child” performance, the serial was re-filmed in October with changes made to costuming, effects, performances, and the script and was subsequently premiered on 23 November 1963.
The initial episode in 1963 came to be known as the unaired “pilot episode”. Oddly, since the practice of producing pilot episodes really didn’t come into play in Britain in the 1960s so this particular episode was never intended as such. You be the judge as to which one is better….
Doctor Who “An Unearthly Child, Pilot Episode”, part 1
Doctor Who “An Unearthly Child”, part 1
So, Happy 50th Doctor Who. You don’t look a day over 49…