All Thing PBS

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by A.H.Black, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    After seeing the announcement for season 4 of Downton Abbey (January 5), I checked the Masterpiece schedule to see what they have lined up in the interim. The full fall schedulde isn't up yet but we do have new Lewis to look forward to (3 eps starting Jun 16), and new Foyle's War in September. (Yay!) There's also Endeavour in July -- I can't say I loved the pilot of that one, but I'll give it another go.

    I can also highly recommend Silk, starting Aug 25. It ran here a year or two ago and I absolutely loved it. Looks like PBS is only showing the first season so far but no doubt will air the second season later.

    Now we just have to wait to see when they'll pick up season 3 of Sherlock. IMDB has it listed for Sept 15 in the UK, and the interwebs are full of stories of folks on both sides of the pond wanting it to air on the same date here as over there ... but both of those points are unconfirmed.
     
  2. dardar1126

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    In a red carpet quickie interview for ST: Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch (LOVE that name!) said that they are in the middle of filming the 2nd of the 3 episodes. So, it looks like it'll be later rather than sooner. :(
     
  3. dardar1126

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    Twitter: probably duplicate info, but what the heck...

     
  4. skatesindreams

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    Only three episodes?
    Awful!
     
  5. Artemis@BC

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    Well, the previous seasons were only 3 episode each, so I didn't actually expect more. And although I love, love, love this series and would of course be delighted at more, I think part of what makes it great is their focus on quality over quantity. So I'll take it!
     
  6. ChelleC

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    My understanding is this is the last series/season for Inspector Lewis. :(
     
  7. dardar1126

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    Exactly right. Since each episode is 90 minutes, each is like a feature film (especially with the high production value they offer). I just hope they can continue the series indefinitely.

    Benedict and Martin are in such demand these days...especially Benedict. He's in Star Trek: Into Darkness and August: Osage County (November 2013 release). Recently he was in the mini-series Parade's End on HBO. He's to play the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in upcoming bio-pics. And he's interested in playing WWII British code-breaker Alan Turing.

    WHEW...and who KNOWS what else?!? :cool:

    And Martin is Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit...don't know what new projects he has, but I'm sure he's also in great demand.
     
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  8. skatesindreams

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    I wish I had access to HBO.
    Looking forward to seeing all these other projects.
    I think he would be ideal as Turing.
     
  9. dardar1126

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    Parade's End is on DVD, too. :)
     
  10. skatesindreams

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    Thanks, checking now.
     
  11. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Not in the US format, yet, dardar,
     
  12. dardar1126

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    OOPS, yes, I do have the UK edition. :shuffle: But at least it will be available in US/Canada Region 1 at some point (surprised it hasn't been released here yet ):

    P.S. Late last year I bought an inexpensive all-regions DVD player (<$50)...best thing I've bought in a long time. I've been able to find older DVDs from overseas that are out-of-print in the US (i.e. Testament of Youth), as well as more recent small films that will probably never gain US release (i.e. Third Star and Wreckers with Benedict) and from UK TV (i.e. Stuart: A Life Backwards with Benedict). Also, even with shipping costs, sometimes it's less expensive to order overseas copies of films (i.e. Carlos Saura's flamenco trilogy...was much less expensive from the UK than to buy it in the US).

    P.P.S. Wreckers also stars Shaun Evans, the young Inspector Morse in Endeavour.

    P.P.P.S. I'm hoping to find an affordable copy of Hawking with Benedict...all I've tracked down are super expense. But I do have a digital copy via Amazon Instant Video...for only $1.99!! :)
     
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  13. dardar1126

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    REMINDER: Tonight are the season finales of Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge (~2 hrs).

    EDIT: In after-show interview Jeremy Piven reveals that Season 2 of series will skip ahead five years...to 1914...since 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Will have new twists, turns, and characters.

    So, unlike Downton Abbey, I guess we'll skip the sinking of the Titanic, but will be there for WWI.

    Selfridge was an innovative and successful man. But as portrayed in show, he's quite a jerk in his private life. Will have to do a little reading to see how accurately this part is told.

    EDIT2: While not definitive, this article indicates that the portrayal in the series is, shall we say, exaggerated.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-e...west-end-lothario-or-mothers-boy-8439817.html

    Harry Gordon Selfridge: West End Lothario or mother's boy?
    A new TV drama portrays Selfridges' founder as a womaniser and gambler. An old memoir tells a different story
    SANCHEZ MANNING SUNDAY 06 JANUARY 2013

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    http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/05/call-the-midwife-recap-season-2-episode-8/

    &#8216;Call the Midwife&#8217; Recap, Season 2, Episode 8
    By Leah Rozen | Posted on May 20th, 2013
     
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  15. merrywidow

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    Anybody watch the Met's production of "Rigoletto"? I'm curious to know what others tho't of the more modern setting of a Las Vegas casino instead of an Italian Duke's palace & city.
     
  16. dardar1126

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    I more listened to it than watched it, but it was OK. But I think I still prefer the original setting.

    I've seen other modern-setting updates of operas and plays (esp. Shakespeare...Hamlet...Macbeth). They're an attempt to give a new look/modern relevance to an old set-piece. I understand the desire to try a new approach, but sometimes it just seems like a gimmick.
     
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  19. paskatefan

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    I hope the DVR worked last night for the Mel Brooks special.

    Looking forward to watching Carole King, Billy Joel, & JT @ the White House! :encore:
     
  20. skatesindreams

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    It was wonderful!
     
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    Mark Gatiss, British actor and writer, is the co-creator of Sherlock, and plays Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's older brother). He also said that any information on the Internet regarding transmission dates is bogus; said it will be months before those decisions are made.

    EDIT: And just to be sure...

    Sue Vertue produces Sherlock; she is also married to its co-creator Stephen Moffat (also of Dr. Who fame).
     
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  23. skatesindreams

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    Fingers crossed, that there will be another season after this series is completed.
     
  24. dardar1126

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    Me, too! :40beers:

    Not too long ago Benedict said that he still enjoys playing Sherlock, and would like the series to continue. I guess a lot will depend on his and Martin's film work/scheduling issues.
     
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  27. Wyliefan

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    Thanks for that Masterpiece Mystery preview. Looks good!
     
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    This is BRILLIANT! :cool:
     
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