US Air Date for Sherlock Series 3 Revealed

In an exclusive scoop from the Sherlock producers, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the US premiere date for the third series of Sherlock is set for January 19, 2014.

What I think is the even slightly bigger news is that the US date has been announced before the UK date

Obviously we don’t yet know the BBC date. But given that the U.S. fans had to wait three months after the 2010 BBC premiere to see the first season of Sherlock, then had to wait four months for the 2012 second season after its UK debut, no matter when the BBC schedules its season three premiere, the gap is going to be less than before since Jan. 19 is less than three months from now (that sentence was totally convoluted but does make sense).

Watch The Day of the Doctor on TV or at Your Local Cinema!

Thanks to Inkie, who kept her eyes peeled, I found out that I can watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who, in 3D, at my favourite cinema one town over! In Germany! For a fan deprived, this is a bit magnificent, I can tell you.

The BBC are compiling links to venues and notes about TV networks that have picked up the streaming rights for fans all over the world.

BBC One have commissioned a new six-part drama from Abi Morgan, creator of The Hour!

BBC One have commissioned a new six-part drama from Abi Morgan, creator of The Hour!

This is the second bit of great news for Abi Morgan this week: on Sunday, she won an Emmy for The Hour (BBC Two), in the category Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, beating, among others, Tom Stoppard (who was nominated for Parade’s End).

Today, BBC One have announced that Morgan will be writing a new original drama series for them. This is from the Media Pack:

John River is a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind – a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift.

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “RIVER is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in. Abi’s one of Britain’s most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes RIVER her perfect debut on BBC One.”

There are no definite commitments to an air date or other details:

The 6×60-minute series is made by Kudos (The Hour, From There To Here, Broadchurch) for BBC One. Filming will commence in London next year and the programme will transmit on BBC One in 2015 […] and casting will be announced in due course.

Luther Confirmed for Big Screen Prequel

Luther Confirmed for Big Screen Prequel

Looks as though Neil Cross has confirmed that a script has been completed and schedules are tentatively projected for shooting a movie adaptation of his novel, The Calling, which delves into Luther’s past and the case that nearly broke him, next year. Cross also hints that he’s busy writing a second John Luther novel — perhaps a look at Luther’s future after the heart-stopping finale of Series 3? Both Cross and Idris Elba have been open about wanting to set up this project for over a year, and that it’s now happening is a brilliant development. Thinking of Luther — with a not-dead-yet DS Justin Ripley, Ian Reed, and Zoe Luther, along with Rose Teller as his boss, to complete the cast — in the cinema is making me giddy alright. Bring it on!

Edit: DigitalSpy also reported last month that Neil Cross is definitely having ideas about a serial killer spin-off for Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson).

Matt Smith to leave ‘Doctor Who.’

Matt Smith is set to leave Doctor Who: See the BBC’s press release from this evening.

After a lot of speculation, it’s now official: Matt will hand over the helm of the TARDIS to the Twelfth Doctor at the end of the Christmas Special 2013. It’s sad and exciting at the same time—Eleven is my Doctor, and I adore Matt as an actor, so saying goodbye to him is going to be tough. And yet, I’m already looking forward to seeing who they’ll choose as his successor, and who that Doctor is going to be. Onwards!