Monday, June 23, 2014

Upcoming BBC Mystery - 2014, 2015

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Endeavour - 2nd season. Americans can catch this excellent Inspector Morse prequel every Sunday on PBS, from July 6 to July 20. Bringing back Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse, and the lovely Roger Allam as his ursine mentor, Inspector Fred Thursday, the show follows the pair as they investigate a series of murders among Oxford's evocative spires. Needless to say, there shall be opera, ale, romance, and old cars. For those of you who can't wait, check out my reviews: Trove, Nocturne, Sway, and Neverland.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - 13th and final season. At last, we on this side of the pond are going to see the conclusion to the long-running series starring David Suchet as the eponymous Belgian. The old cast members, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, and Pauline Moran, will reprise their roles as, respectively, Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp, and Miss Lemon. Two episodes will air on the PBS Sundays after Endeavour, July 27 and August 3 - these two, and the last three will be exclusively online at every Monday from July 28 to August 25. Update - Reviews thus far: The Big Four, Dead Man's Folly, Elephants Can Remember, The Labours of Hercules.

Gracepoint - 1st season. Already filmed, and also starring David Tennant, this American remake of the superb British miniseries Broadchurch will air this fall on Fox. Frankly, I'm skeptical. The trailer seems a point-for-point copy of the original - nothing unique. Another thing: will they keep the religious element? It was essential. My review of the original.

Foyle's War - 9th season. Filming has concluded on this superb historical crime drama set during the Cold War, but no word on a release date. From Anthony Horowitz's twitter feed:

Inspector Lewis - 8th (7th if you're an American) season. Originally, it seemed that the last season would be the conclusion to this other Morse spin-off, but Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox are back, finished filming in June according to Fox (and air at 9PM Oct 5, 12, and 19, on PBS):

Broadchurch - 2nd season. Currently filming, this is the sequel to the original British production of Broadchurch. Very few details have been confirmed as of yet, but the cast has been supplemented with some new thespians: James D'Arcy (Master and Commander), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (City of Ember), Eve Myles (Little Dorrit), Charlotte Rampling, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the two last I haven't seen in anything - which I shall soon remedy.) I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and I'm curious to see how in the world the writer can continue the story, considering where it ended. There can only be so many murders in a small town. My review of the first season.

Father Brown - 3rd season. Confined to Britain, this mild-mannered, light-boiled mystery series about a Cadfael-esque priest (Mark Williams) will be renewed for yet another season in 2015, but with fifteen 45-minute episodes, rather than ten. While, unfortunately, the series strays far from Chesterton's original Father Brown, it's fun, mildly amusing entertainment. Williams is pleasantly scatter-brained, and he's backed up by an amusing ensemble cast.

We now know that Sherlock season 4, consisting of three episodes and a special. The special will start filming in January 2015 and will mainly be concerned with working out the ramifications and explanation for the third season finale twist. My reviews of season three: The Empty Hearse, The Sign of Three, and His Last Vow.

Still off in the abstract lie a third season of Endeavour (unconfirmed), a seventh series of Inspector George Gently (confirmed), and the vague rumors about a Discworld crime show featuring Sam Vimes (legit, but still doesn't seem anything solid has been done.)

For new updates on Lewis, Inspector George Gently, and Grantchester, follow this link.

Want something good to watch? Check out my full list of good detective shows.


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