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Sherlock Season Four Premiere Set for New Year’s Day

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The BBC has officially announced that the fourth season of “Sherlock” is actually happening and it is on it’s way so so so soon! Sherlock season four will premiere on January 1, 2017.

The fourth season premiere episode is titled ” The Six Thatchers” and is actually the first new episode of Sherlock since the hit series’ 2015 Christmas special, “The Abominable Bride.” Even wore, the fourth season is premiering nearly two years after the end of the show’s third season.

 

The premiere appears to be referencing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1904 short story “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons. Though in the episode they will surely swap the French revolutionary with a more recent political figure. The original story follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate a series of crimes tied to smashed statues. You can read the full text by clicking here.

“Sherlock” is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is produced by Sue Vertue, and the executive producers are Beryl Vertue, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for Hartswood Films, Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

The Sherlock season four premiere is also coming to Masterpiece on PBS in 2017.

Pearl Mackie Announced as The Doctor’s New Companion

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BBC announced a while ago that the new companion for The Doctor on “Doctor Who” had already been cast but they finally made the official announcement this weekend! Pearl Mackie has been cast as Bill, the next companion though we don’t know much about her character other than her name.

The BBC made the announcement with a short scene from the upcoming season, introducing Mackie as Bill:

Mackie has performed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre, and has appeared on a television show called Doctors, and in 2013’s Svengali.

“Luther” and Idris Elba Returning This Thursday for One Night

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Thursday, December 17, is a BIG day. Not only is it Star Wars day for some (myself included) but it is also the day that BBC’s “Luther” returns for ONE NIGHT.

The dark psychological thriller ended after three (small) seasons but has been brought back for one night only. The two hour event will also feature the return of Darren Boyd as well as a new character played by Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie, and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Laura Haddock.

We last saw Luther a couple years ago in the Season 3 finale. Apparently, since the events of the third season, he’s tried to leave the darker side of humanity behind for a chance at a normal life. But that’s been thwarted as he’s pulled out of seclusion and pushed “closer to the edge than he’s ever been,” says BBCA of the new special that sees Luther tracking a cannibalistic serial killer.

Luther returns to BBC America for one night on Thursday, December 17 at 9pm ET/PT. You’re going to want to tune in to see John Luther back in action. You can watch the trailer below:

Sherlock Special Releases First Clip

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We’ve all waited patiently for so long for the next episode of BBC’s “Sherlock.” While the next season is still a while away, we at least get a Christmas special this year and last week it released the first clip.

The “Sherlock’ Christmas special literally has everything you could want, Sherlock wearing the iconic hat from the book series, Watson references “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and it is set in a Victorian London. It is pretty fantastic. Showrunner Steven Moffatt and the other creators have said that they liked this episode so much that they briefly considered moving forward with the show as a Victorian period piece.

The special is hitting theaters this December as well as television sets around the world. If we ever get a fourth season, Moffatt has said that it will, “suckerpunch you into emotional devastation.” That sounds rough and I don’t like what he is implying.

Regardless, you can watch the “Sherlock” Christmas special clip below.

David Tennant to Return for Season 3 of Broadchurch

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ITV and BBC announced last week that the popular series, “Broadchurch” had been officially renewed for a third season and in even better news the shows stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman would return reprise their roles.

Tennant plays DI Alex Hardy alongside Colman as Ellie Miller in the pseudo police procedural series. The first two seasons of the of the series, which explores what happens to a Dorset community after a young boy is murdered. The community deals with being part of the investigation and the eventual discovery of the murderer.

The series was created and written by Chris Chibnall who will return for the third and possibly final season. ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November said,

“Chris Chibnall knows exactly how to keep viewers guessing and I’m delighted that he is going to take the story onto the next stage.”

Chibnall added,

“We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.”

Season 2 of Broadchurch will premiere in the U.S. on BBC America on March 4 at 10 pm ET.

Amazon Prime Dropping BBC Programming

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On February 15, Amazon Prime will be removing “Doctor Who” and all other BBC Programming from the streaming service. The move comes as the service is making a push to bring more exclusive content to viewers.

Amazon is removing the programming because BBC shows are already available on other streaming services such as Netflix. Now, Amazon is hoping to focus more on bringing and creating content that isn’t available anywhere else. Therefore, when the licensing agreement between Amazon Prime and BBC expires in on the 15, there will be no renewal.

The current commitment to creating exclusive content is already seeing an influx for the service as Prime membership grew last year by roughly 53 percent. Currently, Amazon is the exclusive home for “Hannibal,” “24,” “The Americans,” and “Justified.” It also closed an exclusive deal to stream the BBC’s” Orphan Black,” which will remain on the service.

Clara Definitely Returning for Next Season of Doctor Who

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After months of rumors and assertions that Jenna Coleman would be leaving “Doctor Who” at the end of the Christmas special it appears that her character Clara Oswald will continue to travel with The Doctor.

BBC remained mum on the subject merely telling fans they had to wait till the special, “Last Christmas,” which aired on Christmas day, to find out if she would return for the next season.

Coleman told the BBC,

“I get a whole other [season] of stories with the Doctor and I couldn’t walk away with the story being unresolved. There is so much more to do. I think they’ve finally just reached a point where they really understand each other. The arrival of the 12th Doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.”

Peter Capaldi, the actor who currently portrays the 12th Doctor, commented as well,

“I’m thrilled. Jenna has just been fantastic and such a pleasure to work with.”

“Last Christmas” also featured guest star Nick Frost aptly playing Santa Claus himself.

The duo will return in the next season with the first episode titled, “The Magician’s Apprentice.”

The New Trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas Special

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BBC has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming “Doctor Who” Christmas Special, “Last Christmas” starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Nick Frost as Santa.

The episode is described as follows:

“Two heroic icons – the Doctor and Santa – along with Clara Oswald, are thrown together in one of the Time Lord’s most incredible adventures yet!”

The question is, will this be the last adventure for Clara as a companion or will she stay on for another season as is rumored? BBC has declined to comment, basically saying we need to watch the special to find out.

“Last Christmas” will air on BBC America at 9 p.m. ET on Christmas Day. You can watch the trailer below:

First Image From “Sherlock” Special Released

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BBC has officially released the first photo from the upcoming “Sherlock” special which can’t get here fast enough. The special is meant to tide us over between the third and fourth season. You can see the photo above.

The photo was released via the BBC One Twitter account. The features Sherlock and Watson portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, respectively. Despite the show being set in modern-day, the photo shows our main character in period attire and Watson still sporting the annoying mustache.

Unfortunately the Christmas Special won’t air until next year and Season 4 won’t grace us until 2016. Our lives are so hard.

Idris Elba’s Original “Luther” Returning for 2015 Miniseries

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Earlier this week, Fox announced plans to create an American remake of BBC’s “Luther.” However, to tie things up before the remake begins, BBC America announced today that Idris Elba and the original “Luther” would be returning for a miniseries in 2015.

Elba is already signed on to return as DCI John Luther, the obsessive, possessed, and almost always dangerous police detective.

Series creator Neil Cross said,

“Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”

“Luther” the miniseries fourth season will return in two episodes sometime in 2015.