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The BBC's mystery list for 2013 has me tickled pink. First up, more episodes of my favorite detective show: Foyle's War, starring Michael Kitchen.
Following the end of WWII, Foyle plunges into the Cold War as an MI5 agent, taking on Soviet spies and corruption in high places. I worry a bit that the shift in tone will alter the feel of the show. After all, in the last three episodes, Foyle took on racism with African Americans, and it was hinted that James Devereaux (played by Andrew Scott, a.k.a. Moriarty) might be Foyle's illegitimate son. Still, despite the shaky territory (and a slight swing in a politically correct direction), as far as I remember, Foyle was the same old modest upright fellow as in earlier series. He's one of the few characters on TV with (mostly) Christian morals who is not caricatured, or changed. Hopefully that is how he will remain. Anthony Horowitz also says that this series will be the last he writes.
Here's the first trailer, featuring very un-Foylish music:
|Jakes, Morse, Bright, and Thursday|
|Benedict Cumberbatch and Amanda Abbington, filming in Bristol|
Agatha Christie's Poirot is scheduled to end this Fall, after a 23-year run of the quirky little Belgian detective. According to David Suchet's twitter, a few episodes are complete, Curtain among them. Old-timers Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, and Pauline Moran are scheduled to reprise their respective roles as Captain Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp, and Miss Lemon, along with Zoe Wanamaker as the scatterbrained writer Mrs. Oliver. Watching these episodes will be like re-living my childhood.
Another season of Father Brown, though this probably will not appear until 2014. The clerical sleuth returned in a set of ten episodes earlier this year. I haven't watched them all, but judging by the first few, they lack the wit and sound theology of Chesterton's classics, creating instead a "Cadfael in the 1950's" and Mark Williams is no Derek Jacobi.
Terry Pratchett fans will be excited to see a new adaptation of his Discworld novels with the fantasy/police/comedy/drama series: The Watch, based on the adventures of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Three other Discworld adventures have been adapted to the small-screen with marvelous British casts: Hogfather, The Colour of Magic, and Going Postal (the last of which was near perfection). I have no news as to times or cast, but the IMDB page says 2013. Sam Vimes - a British Clint Eastwood/Inspector Morse - is one of my all-time favorite characters, so I'm going to be following this with avid anticipation. I also nominate Rupert Graves (Sherlock) or Rob Aspinall (The Last Detective) to play the part. The latter looks and acts just like my mental image of Vimes, but is probably too old. Anyway. Take heed, Sir Terry.
Just noticed P.D. James's Death Comes to Pemberley is expected this year. Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) plays Lizzy Bennet. According to IMDb - the UK will get it in December, the rest of us will probably have to wait a while.
So, there's the line-up - and a very suspicious one it is.
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