Sherlock and John in a promo pic for Series 3

BBC confirms Sherlock Series 4 will include a Special and 3 Episodes

BBC confirms Sherlock Series 4 will include a Special and 3 Episodes

BBC One has officially announced that the much anticipated fourth series of Sherlock will bring us a Special followed by three 90-minute episodes. Production on the Special will commence in January 2015, the series episodes are set to be filmed later in the year. That should put us in the running for a Christmas Special and three eps after New Year’s Eve 2015/2016, I should imagine. Or perhaps they will gift us with the Special earlier than Christmas? An Autumn Special, what with production beginning so early? Who the hell knows about Sherlock Holmes, but at least we know the wait isn’t necessarily longer than what we’ve been through before.

Click the link for the official tumblr post.

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

The BBC have released a 16 seconds to Gallifrey teaser trailer for the 8th revival series, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, his erstwhile companion. The first episode of Series 8 will be called, Deep Breath.

The teaser doesn’t tell us much and yet, a lot.

Doctor: Clara, be my pal. Tell me, am I a good man?
Clara: I don’t think I know who the Doctor is anymore.

Watch the trailer on the BBC One website (it’s not up on youtube yet, I will post that link once it’s available).

Edit — here is the youtube video:

Lewis and Hathaway in Series 7

ITV Commissions New Series of Lewis!

ITV Commissions New Series of Lewis!

Laurence Fox tweeted this picture this morning:

And then ITV followed up with this press release! Follow the link above to get to the full document. But have this quote before you go:

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox reprise their roles as the detectives who investigate grisly murders against the backdrop of the beautiful university spires of Oxford.   But this time it’s different… After an extended break from the Police, Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector.  When the chemistry that exists with Lewis eludes Hathaway, retired Lewis is drafted back to renew their partnership.  It’s a new dynamic for our detectives, but one they’ll have to come to terms with quickly if they are to achieve results.

Lewis will return with six new episodes in what’s going to be Series 8. Laurence Fox has confirmed, on Twitter, that filming will take place in the spring. So, two things to look forward to: new episodes of Lewis and new behind-the-scenes tweets and photos from Mr Fox and Mr Whately. #henman

Sherlock Series 3 news: UK air dates revealed

The empty hearse presenting the premiere date for Sherlock Series 3

Click the image to get to the BBC’s image gallery for the event (more pictures to follow)

The BBC have announced the UK broadcast date for the series premiere of Sherlock‘s returning 3rd series in a most extravagant and morbidly fitting fashion: by sending an empty hearse decorated with flowers through the streets of London this very morning. Images of the event were hashtagged #r3spects.

The broadcast dates run as follows:

The Empty Hearse — January 1, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US January 19, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

The Sign of Three — January 5, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US January 26, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

His Last Vow — January 12, 2014 in the UK on BBC One, in the US February 2, 2014 on PBS Masterpiece.

Sherlock news: updates sighted on John’s blog!

Sherlock news: updates sighted on John’s blog!

Just before Series 3 is bound to soon descend on us, John’s blog has been updated.

And there’ll be more:

And I’ve found a few photos and a few blog posts I never finished so over the next few weeks I’ll be doing that really. Remembering the past.

Also — read the comments. There’s someone new there. “Who’s Mary?” asks Harry Watson. I see what you did there, BBC. The fourth wall has been struck.

Not to mention that this will hurt so, so much. Just as John resolves to move on, to live his life in remembrance, not grief, Sherlock will return… it’s going to damn well nearly break them both. What reading this blog entry must be doing to Sherlock right now…

Orlando Jones and the Sleepy Hollow Fandom, via The Huffington Post

Orlando Jones and the Sleepy Hollow Fandom, via The Huffington Post

It’s rare that a part of the media presents a stage for actors and producers of our favourite works of fiction to be unequivocally positive about fandom without stabbing us in the back the next day. Too often we get cast as pervert whackos. Orlando Jones, bless him, does neither of those things. He loves interacting with the fandom and breaking the fourth wall the way he does — he as a Twitter and a Tumblr — and in this article on the Huffington Post website, he details why.

Thank you, Mr Jones.

Anniversary Prequel ‘The Night of the Doctor’: Details Revealed

The RadioTimes has published new information on the prequel to the anniversary episode, The Night of the Doctor, which will be accessible via the BBC Red Button feature before Saturday the 23rd.

Details are scarce but we’re told it will feature one of the three incarnations of the Time Lord – Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt – set to star in the feature-length special. But which one?

See the full RadioTimes article for the exact dates and times.