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‘Sherlock’ creators promise new episodes will be ‘deeper and darker’

Following today’s announcement that Sherlock will return for a one-off special, followed by a series of three new episodes, the show’s writers have teased that the new episodes will be “the very last thing you’d expect”. Shooting on the special will begin in January 2015, with Series 4 shooting later next year. Co-creator Steven Moffat...

‘Sherlock’ special and Series 4 confirmed

The BBC has confirmed that Sherlock will return for a one-off special, followed by a series of three new episodes. Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, teased: “Steven and Mark are ready to unleash the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet. The only thing to expect is the unexpected…” Producer Sue Vertue added: “It’s...

‘Utopia’ star: Series 2 story direction is ‘pretty unexpected’

Adeel Akhtar has revealed that filming the new series of Utopia was “a real challenge”. Channel 4’s conspiracy thriller returns for a second series later this month. > Order Series 2 on DVD on Amazon. Akhtar, who plays Wilson Wilson, teased: “The things which you liked about it in the first series are all there...

ITV orders new World War II drama ‘Home Fires’

ITV has announced the commission of Home Fires, a new World War II drama inspired by Julie Summers’ book, Jambusters. The six-part series is created and written by Simon Block (Lewis). The official synopsis reads: “With the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud, [Home Fires] follows a group of inspirational women in...

‘Sherlock’ actor joins ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Series 3

Rupert Graves, who plays Lestrade in Sherlock, has been cast in the third series of BBC One’s Last Tango in Halifax. Graves will play a new character named Gary Jackson and begins filming next week. We are first introduced to Gary on a date with Gillian (Nicola Walker), but is he all he seems? Starring...

‘Green Wing’ star Michelle Gomez joins ‘Doctor Who’ finale

Comedy actress Michelle Gomez (Bad Education, Green Wing) will guest star in the new series of Doctor Who, the BBC announced today. Gomez will play “the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere” in Series 8’s finale, which is currently filming in Cardiff. She commented: “Well of course Peter Capaldi is our next Doctor, which makes complete sense....

‘Yonderland’ to return for Series 2 in 2015

Sky1’s family comedy Yonderland has been recommissioned for a second series. Created, written by and starring the team behind Horrible Histories – Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond – Yonderland launched last November. Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky1, commented: “We are incredibly proud to be able to bring...

‘Sherlock’ star says Mary is staying ‘for the foreseeable future’

Martin Freeman has confirmed that his real-life partner Amanda Abbington will remain part of the Sherlock cast as Watson’s wife Mary for “for the foreseeable future”. The actor told The Telegraph: “While we play fast and loose with the original stories, we generally follow the trajectory of what Conan Doyle did.” SPOILER WARNING FOR THE...

Zawe Ashton and Sacha Dhawan join Channel 4 comedy-drama ‘Cut’

Channel 4 has announced the cast for workplace comedy-drama Cut. Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), Sacha Dhawan (The History Boys, 24), Anastasia Hille (Utopia), Sophie Rundle (Happy Valley), Jo Hartley (This Is England), Tom Weston Jones (Spooks) and Samuel Barnett (Twenty Twelve) will star in the new six-part series. Created and written by DC Moore, Cut will...

Martin Freeman expects new ‘Sherlock’ filming in early 2015

Martin Freeman has again hinted that Sherlock could next be returning as a Christmas special next year. The actor told The Telegraph that filming in early 2015 “looks pretty likely”, apparently indicating that he doesn’t expect this to be for a full three-part series. He commented: “If that’s going to be a special – I’m...