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Doctor Who returns for American audiences on BBC America beginning Aug. 23 at 8pm ET. The start of a new Doctor Who season would already be cause for celebration among fans, but this one is particularly special as it begins the stint of award-winning actor Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. In the season premiere, “Deep Breath,” written by Steven Moffat, the Doctor lands in Victorian London and finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly combustions. He and Clara (a returning Jenna Coleman) embark on a mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy. BBC … Continue reading
BBC America is playing its cards close to the vest in revealing details about its spooky new series Intruders, drawn from Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel and directed by Blair Witch Project mastermind Eduardo Sánchez. According to the network, the thriller “is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others” and features Jack Whelan (Doctor Who’s John Simm), a troubled former LAPD cop who escapes to a peaceful new life in the Pacific Northwest with his pretty wife Amy (Mira Sorvino). When Amy goes missing on a business trip, then returns a … Continue reading
This swashbuckling 10-episode romp from BBC America (premiering Sunday, June 22, at 9pm ET/PT) is a delightful retelling of the famed Musketeers. Packed with action-fueled sword fights, elaborate costuming, playful banter and storylines steeped in revenge, loyalty and love, The Musketeers is a colorful take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. BBC America’s The Musketeers series premiere first scene sneak preview: On the streets of 17th-century Paris, the Musketeers — Athos (Tom Burke, The Hour), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera, Heroes), Porthos (Howard Charles, Royal Shakespeare Company) and soon-to-be newbie D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino, Skins) — faithfully serve as the loyal bodyguards to the … Continue reading
We’re five minutes into screening an action-fueled start to Season 2 of Orphan Black, returning to BBC America Saturday, April 19, and amid all the chaos of Kira and Mrs. S missing and Sarah’s (Tatiana Maslany) world falling apart, in enters the lovably flamboyant Felix (Jordan Gavaris) and some great new chaps. Hilarious! Somehow Gavaris failed to mention that scene when I met up with him earlier this year to talk about the hit series and his character Felix (a.k.a. Fee), who provides much of the series’ comic relief. “I’m not as funny as Felix,” Gavaris confesses. “I’m not anywhere … Continue reading
The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series on BBC America (Saturdays at 10pm ET beginning April 19) aims to tell the definitive history of the genre and its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode in the four-part series explores one of the enduring themes of sci-fi: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The list of sci-fi notables contributing to the series include William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore … Continue reading
Golden Globe-nominated Tatiana Maslany and costar Jordan Gavaris hit the ground running, literally, in Season 2 of the clone conspiracy-drama Orphan Black, returning to BBC America Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning April 19. Gavaris, whose character Felix (aka Fee) adds the witty banter when dealing with his foster sister Sarah (Maslany) and her club of clones, tells us that this season brings new challenges. “He has a big decision to make and it’s not an easy one,” Gavaris says of Felix. “The relationship between him and his sister is going to be tested in really profound ways. It was very … Continue reading
Recap of Season 2 premiere of Ripper Street “Pure As the Driven” (original airdate on BBC America Feb. 22, 2014). There’s a lot to be said for having one writer, one director, one cinematographer – it’s continuity. That’s what makes each episode of Ripper Street look and feel like a movie. Season 2’s premiere “Pure as the Driven” is no exception. It’s a show-and-tell history lesson you’ll love sitting through. [SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read on if you haven’t seen Season 2 premiere yet] Chinatown has come to London and with it, opium, Triads and Chinese immigrants looking for a better … Continue reading
BBC America’s Ripper Street Season 2 returns this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10pm ET/PT with eight new episodes. This season finds the Metropolitan Police’s H Division battling new evils that threaten to disrupt the delicate peace struck at the end of Season 1. All the same characters are back, but the pairings have changed. It’s still 2-2-1, but this season, the “1” is Inspector Reid (Matthew MacFadyen, pictured). Joining the cast for Season 2 of Ripper Street is David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Malwe (Game of Thrones) and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood). Season 2 … Continue reading
BBC America presents Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Jan. 29: This four-part miniseries stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming, the playboy who became a World War II British naval intelligence officer who later became the creator of fiction’s consummate spy, James Bond. The series premieres Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10pm ET/PT on BBC America. From BBC America: There’s no questioning the iconic status of the man they call 007, but before his thrilling adventures hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming. Stylish and explosive – BBC AMERICA’s Fleming: The Man Who Would … Continue reading
“He’s strong because his father’s a god, not because he goes to the gym every day,” Mark Addy told reporters at a summer press conference about his portrayal of the Greek demigod Hercules in the new BBC America series Atlantis — a portrayal that did not require the near-50 Addy to get in any sort of muscular shape. “Our director,” he continued, “the front page of her copy of the script has an old painting with Hercules peeing. Drunken, naked Hercules just having a pee. That’s the kind of guy that this one is.” And that’s the kind of show … Continue reading