UK series news round-up

Dear faithful readers,

I wanted to do a quick round of new UK shows that you might be interested in. There is some crime and drama and then there should be (at least in theory) plenty of comedy.

Come Dine with Me – now for a bit of an exciting news BBC America has started airing Come Dine with Me. I absolutely love this program because a) the narrator is hilarious (Dave Lamb by the way) and this particular episode had me in stitches. Absolute stitches. I mean you can’t make stuff like this up. Anyhow if you fancy a good giggle Come Dine with Me airs on BBC America every Thursday at 10/9c.

Another bit of good news comes courtesy of TV Scoop – Sky1 commissioned a number of big names to boost their comedy rating (sort to speak). Our lovely Mr. Fry will appear alongside Dawn French and Victoria Wood in series called Little Cracker that will feature a number of short autobiographical films depicting events that happened in their past. Hmmm that should be interesting. Also Ruth Jones is getting her own show called Stella. And speaking of Dawn French…

Roger and Val Have Just Got In Dawn French is getting her own sitcom. Produced by BBC Two it stars Dawn French as food technology teacher Val, while Alfred Molina plays her husband the botanist. If French’s previous work is anything to go by this should be interesting. The series will air in 2010.

Above Suspicion – ITV’s franchise Above Suspicion is back for another season. I quite enjoy ITV’s crime drama offerings and this one is just as good as the usual ITV fare. Based on Lynda Le Plante’s fourth novel about a rookie police officer Anna Travis it once again stars Kelly Reilly as Anna Travis and Ciaran Hinds as her superior Detective Chief Inspector Langton. This time the team investigates a murder of one of their former colleagues who seems to connected with a World famous drug trafficker. Above Suspicion is currently in production and should premiere in 2011. You can check out the trailer below.

The Oaks – new supernatural drama for ITV it features Alex Kingston (of ER fame) and Jodie Whittaker and follows the story of 3 families living in the same house in the 1960s, 1980s and in the present day. The house is haunted by the spirit of a young girl, daughter who lived with the family in the 60s but died under mysterious circumstances. The series will have 5 episodes and it is currently in production.

Pacey-Con – Joshua Jackson for Funny or Die

Dear faithful readers,

have you ever watched Dawson’s Creek? Ah you must have, everyone was watching it at one point or another.

I will always have a soft spot for Dawson’s Creek because a) Rob Thomas who worked on Dawson’s Creek created one of my favorite shows ever – Veronica Mars and b) because of Joshua Jackson. LOVE. him on Fringe.

And this video gave me the snorts. Also I want to go to Comic Con something bad next year.

Elementary my dear Watson*

Image: BBC

Dear faithful readers,

yesterday new Sherlock Holmes series debuted on BBC One. And well after I got over my initial shock I kind of want to see for myself if it is any good.

Yes it’s all modern and shit. BUT before you turn you nose thinking it some silly attempt of old aunty Beeb of being all hip and modern (which is partly true) the series has been created and written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (of Doctor Who fame). And it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Given I don’t think I’ve seen Cumberbatch in anything that I can remember but Freeman was in both The Office (the original), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Shaun of the Dead.

So let’s try and not be judgy beforehand. I was all judgy about Guy Ritchie’s version and it turned out pretty darn great.
You can check out the trailer below.

* And before someone gets on my case that the phrase Elementary my dear Watson was never used in any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, I am well aware of that. I just thought it’d be nice for a title. So there.

Social Network Trailer

Image via Columbia Pictures

Dear faithful readers,

the new trailer for Social Network has been released.

It is the newest movie directed by David Fincher. And I heart me some Fincher. Some of my all time favorites were directed by him. The script was based on book by Ben Mezrich called The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. And it was adapted for screen by Aaron Sorkin (in case you are wondering although if you watch telly you should know this, the dude behind the West Wing).

So when I’ve read about that yes, I thought my head might implode. Not so much because I am particulary fascinated by Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook. In fact I dislike Facebook with fiery passion. But Zuckerberg story is an interesting one and to see it adapted on big screen by Fincher and Sorkin, well hello.
Movie is due to premiere in October and the buzz has been steadily building over the last few months. So far the trailers released didn’t really release anything. But finally we have something concrete to get us through until then.

Check out the trailer below. The title song is Radiohead’s Creep performed by Scala Choir and Kolacny Brothers (movie’s score is created by Trent Razor and Atticus Rock).