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And, the Doctor is….

August 4, 2013

As we begin the epic worldwide announcement…remember

It seems just the other day, we were all wondering who could possibly replace David Tennant and become the Eleventh Doctor. It’s also hard to believe that Smith has been in his current role since January 2009. Again, seems like yesterday. Well, here we are again, within seconds of finding out who the Twelfth Doctor will be.

It’s zero hour! For the 12th time, Who is the Doctor?

August 4, 2013

Today, Sunday 4 August, will see the 12th Doctor revealed to the world.
family around tv waiting for 12th Doctor announcement perhaps?

From 1933 to 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a series of radio addresses or ‘fireside chats’ designed to help restore the confidence of the American people during understandably difficult times. We are, again, faced with difficult times in that we have no Doctor. In a moment eerily reminiscent of the countless numbers of families huddled around the radio listening to these fireside chats, Doctor Who fans in the UK will gather around the telly tonight at 7pm on BBC One for Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will unveil the 12th Doctor to the world, with host Zoe Ball interviewing the new Time Lord. Fear not, Stateside fans of the Doctor, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will be simulcast live on BBC America, with UK and US residents discovering the 12th Doctor’s identity together.

The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” said series showrunner, Steven Moffat. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.” The half-hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “It’s the biggest secret in showbiz, even those working with the new Doctor on other projects at the moment have no idea they are in the presence of the 12th incarnation.

New Doctor? Now, THAT’S a decision and THIS is the way a ‘decision’ should be broadcast live on television. U.S. fans will immediately flashback to the ludicrous 2010 broadcast of Lebron James’ overblown announcement that he had chosen the Miami Heat over the Cleveland Cavaliers in ESPN’s The Decision“.

Check back with Tellyspotting for the decision should you find yourself away from the telly.

First telly trailer for ‘Sherlock 3′!

August 3, 2013

It’s here. The first :26 seconds of promotion gold that Sherlock fans around the world have been waiting for. Put more simply, it’s the reason telly was invented. The first look at the trailer for series 3 of Sherlock.

Hartswood West for BBC Cymru Wales. In co-production with MASTERPIECE.

Over the past several weeks, as we continue to get closer by the day to the series 3 premiere on BBC One and PBS, Sherlock fans have been taunted, teased and had patience tested with spoilers, rumors and cast additions. While both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss continue to lead viewers to believe that there are clues in the series 2 finale, “The Reichenbach Fall”, as to how Sherlock survives, some fans point to a 1998 Jonathan Creek episode, ‘The Problem at Gallows Gate’. In the episode, a young man leaps from a second-floor balcony in front of stunned guests at a house party in the country. He’s pronounced dead at the scene and his body is taken away in an ambulance, but he’s later seen strangling a woman to death. So, clearly, his own death was faked. Right?

The final episode, “His Last Vow”, began principle filming this week

The Red Dwarf ship – a piece of it, anyway – could be yours!

August 2, 2013

Red DwarfInterested in owning an actual piece of Red Dwarf history?

Tellyspotting’s sister TV station, KERA, is running a very special drawing during its August 2013 membership campaign.  

Make a contribution to the station between August 3 and August 18, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for your very own piece of Red Dwarf history: an autographed piece of the actual Red Dwarf ship (8″ x 3″), signed by Doug Naylor, co-creator/writer of Red Dwarf. Of course, your contribution will also be supporting British comedies and other great UK television programs that air on KERA every week.

All entries received between August 3, 2013 and August 18, 2013 will be included in the drawing. The drawing will be held on August 19, 2013. The winner will be notified and posted here on the Tellyspotting site. Give now and you’ll be in the contest!

For official rules and information on entering the sweepstakes, read on for the official rules.

Malcolm Tucker as the next Doctor? Place your bets.

August 2, 2013

Ho-hum. Another day, another name thrown into the naming of the Twelfth Doctor hat. Most recently, it’s The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi, who has actually become the new bookies’ favorite at odds of 2/1. So, that makes it official doesn’t it? Think about it. As Malcolm Tucker, his reputation preceded him in his own party, the media and even among the opposition. As the Twelfth Doctor, he would have an equally as brilliant of a reputation that would precede him with the entire world.

Since the announced departure of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, the most shared articles on the Internets have involved either Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, trying to both guess the birth an ultimate name of the newest Royal Baby or who will be named the next Doctor.

Over the past few months, we’ve heard the pros and cons of the Doctor being a woman. We’ve had write-in campaigns to get the likes of Helen Mirren put up for consideration and others openly campaign for the job as the newest Traveling Time Lord. Now…

William Hill, one of the United Kingdom’s largest bookkeepers, saw Capaldi’s name shoot to the top of the list this week. Seeing 60% of all bets placed this week on Capaldi, William Hill spokesman, Joe Crilly, issued the following statement, “Peter Capaldi was not even in our list a few days ago but he has been the subject of a lot of betting interest recently. This gamble would suggest that if he does not have the part already, he is almost certainly on the shortlist.

If you’re curious as to how things are currently playing out in the betting circles the current odds on the Twelfth Doctor are as follows:

2/1 Peter Capaldi
4/1 Ben Daniels
6/1 Rory Kinnear
10/1 Ben Whishaw
10/1 David Harewood
10/1 Idris Elba
12/1 Chiwetel Ejiofor
12/1 David Molony
16/1 Andrew Scott
16/1 Chris Addison
16/1 James Frain
16/1 Russell Tovey
20/1 Alex Jennings
20/1 Benedict Cumberbatch
20/1 John Hurt
20/1 Daniel Radcliffe
25/1 Billie Piper
25/1 Hugh Grant
25/1 Rupert Grint
33/1 Colin Morgan

I don’t know about you, but I’m with longtime Tellyspotting faithful, Ashley, in wanting to see Malcolm Tucker as the next Doctor. How about you?

With Moriarty ‘out of the way’, Sherlock finds a new evil playmate

August 1, 2013

At the risk of spoiling series 3 of the BBC/PBS ‘masterpiece’, Sherlock, I think it’s safe to say that Sherlock Holmes does survive his series 2 ending leap off the St Barts rooftop. What isn’t officially known, however, is whether or not his evil running buddy, Moriarty, is officially dead. Conventional wisdom says yes, but remember, this is not only Moriarty, it’s also Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the two people that love to play mind games about as much as Moriarty.

What started out as a good old-fashioned cat and mouse game with Moriarty forcing Sherlock to solve mysteries within a time limit and taking hostages to ensure that Sherlock is properly motivated, continued with Moriarty trying to justify his existence by telling Sherlock, “Every fairytale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me, or you’re nothing.” It ended with a final rooftop confrontation that saw Moriarty shoot himself in the head and Sherlock leaping to his ‘death’ to activate the fail-safe.

Exit Moriarty, enter Charles Augustus Magnussen

As filming began this week on the final episode of series 3, it was announced that Danish actor, Lars Mikkelsen, who appeared in the original version of The Killing and Borgen, will play Sherlock’s new nemesis, Charles Augustus Magnussen. While Executive producer Sue Vertue did confirm the casting, not much is being known as to the storyline beyond the title of the series 3 finale, “His Last Vow”. However, the thought is that Magnussen is, most likely, based on the character of Charles Augustus Milverton, who appeared in a 1904 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short story, ‘The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton’ which saw Holmes and Watson confront the title character, a murderous blackmailer.

Moriarty or Charles Augustus Magnussen…let the games begin.

New Tricks adds a new ‘old dog’ for series 10

July 31, 2013

The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) are back as New Tricks series 10 returned Tuesday night with a two-part special that took them abroad for the first time. The investigation leads the team, headed by DS Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman), to the port of Gibraltar where they have to work hand in hand with the local police force to solve two separate murders linked by the same gun.

New Tricks 10 facing an uphill battle

While ex-DCS Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) will remain in the UCOS, making him the only original cast member still standing, the 10-year old series faces an uphill battle having had to deal with the earlier departure of James Bolam and now, will be faced with both Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong set to leave during the series’ 10th series.

To combat the losses, Denis Lawson (Bleak House, Holby City) was added to the cast during the ninth series to replace the departing ex-DCS Jack Halford (Bolam). Then, New Tricks 10 will also see the addition of Nicholas Lyndhurst (After You’ve Gone, Goodnight Sweetheart, Only Fools and Horses) as Dan Griffin, a former diplomatic protection officer. Dan is an interesting character with an inscrutable face and an air of mystery surrounding him. While the old dogs, Standing, in particular, are a bit suspicious of the ‘new dog’ early on, he soon proves his worth to the team bringing with him the combination of a smart, analytical brain and a dark and dry sense of humor. One final cast update has Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders) replacing Amanda Redman as boss of the UCOS team.

It’s still up in the air as to whether or not New Tricks can survive such a monumental cast changes. While history might dictate that abrupt, major cast changes are survivable (e.g. Doctor Who, Spooks), it’s going to be an uphill battle for the 10-year old series that began last night on BBC One. Fans in the States can look forward to seeing series 10 in 2014 on public television stations nationwide. When the New Tricks UCOS team works its final investigation, lets hope it’s due to the end of fresh script ideas and not that the stellar cast being assembled was never given a chance.

New pics from ‘Downton Abbey 4′

July 30, 2013

With each passing day, Downton Abbey fans worldwide are a day closer to the series 4 premiere of Planet Earth’s favorite period drama. Thanks to Jace Lacob of Buzzfeed who supplied these exclusive photos from DA4 giving us a first glimpse of both Baby Sybil and George (no, not that George). With series 4, both Lady Mary and Branson find themselves in similar single parent situations thanks to the hand of series creator/writer, Julian Fellowes. Don’t feel too bad for them, however. Remember that there will continue to be an army of servants downstairs at Downton to help along with the rumors that both will find a new love interest this series.
Downton Abbey 4 pics Buzz feed 1

Image by © Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for PBS MASTERPIECE

Cast additions for series 4 will immediately go to work to upset the Crawley world as we know it. Gary Carr, who will shake up the storyline by being the first black character, jazz musician and singer Jack Ross, in the period drama. Daisy Lewis’s conniving governess to baby Sybil, who sources say, will attempt to begin an affair with the her widowed father Tom Branson and Paul Giamatti joins the cast as as Harold, the ‘maverick playboy’ son of Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) and brother to Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern).

While most of the ‘upstairs’ were filming the Christmas special at Downton for one of Martha’s society picnics, ‘downstairs’ inhabitants spent the day shooting in Central London. Nothing screams Downton Abbey like a 1920′s traditional red London bus on set, does it?

23 November – The Day the Earth Stands Still for Doctor Who 50th

July 29, 2013

While we wouldn’t have expected anything less from the greatest Traveling Time Lord of all-time (yes, including both Gort and Klaatu), this is perhaps the coolest thing on the planet since…(nothing to insert here). Designed to avoid plot leaks or spoilers that with the technology that exists today is virtually impossible, the 50 years in the making special 3-D episode of Doctor Who will be globally simulcast in approximately 200 countries around the world on November 23. The BBC announced its plans last week for the long-awaited episode of Doctor Who, which will air at 7:00p on BBC One in the UK with an 2p ET/1p CT/11a PT start on BBC America in the States.

It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international ‘Doctor Who’ fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November“, said BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, in a statement.

The planned global telly simulcast, expected to reach more than 100 million viewers, is being billed as the biggest global drama simulcast in history. It will also be screened in cinemas in the UK.

Somewhat fittingly for a show about a time lord, it looks like ‘Doctor Who’ fans around the world are going to have to set their alarm clocks to make sure that they catch the series’ 50th Anniversary Special this November,” The Hollywood Reporter notes. Somehow, any true Doctor Who fan won’t need an alarm clock. We all know they won’t be going to sleep the night before…

Queen’s cousin joins cast of ‘Downton Abbey 4′

July 28, 2013

Flora Oglivy, 45th in line to the throne joins cast of Downton Abbey 4As production continues on Downton Abbey 4, given recent cast additions, there will probably be a telly or two in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Clarence House and Balmoral Castle tuned in when the series returns in September on ITV1 in the UK (January 5, 2014 in the States). According to Royal Central, the leading independent source for the latest news on the British Royal Family, Flora Ogilvy, who is the first cousin twice removed of Her Majesty The Queen will be given a role in the new series of Downton Abbey.

The 18-year-old granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, 45th in line to the throne, is to take the role of an extra in the cast as opposed to a main character on set. She recently joined cast and crew filming for the show while on her gap-year after finishing at Rugby School, one of the oldest independent boarding schools in Britain. Flora is due to start at St Andrews University in September when Downton will return for its fourth series.

Ogilvy is the daughter of James Ogilvy, who is the son of HRH Princess Alexandra. Princess Alexandra is, in turn, a first cousin of Her Majesty The Queen through George V.

Rest assured, Miss Ogilvy will not miss any royal engagement responsibilities…she doesn’t perform any, living as a private citizen. She does attend the annual Trooping the Colour and the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace thereafter.

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