The BBC Takes on The Cuckoo’s Calling

Well, here’s some news that I’m extremely excited about. According to Deadline, the BBC is making a drama series based on Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike detective novels, starting with The Cuckoo’s Calling. Galbraith is, of course, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. I absolutely loved The Cuckoo’s Calling and am looking forward to reading The Silkworm, so I really hope this show works out well! And I am very curious to see who they cast, especially as Strike and Robin. Ideas??

Hugh Laurie & Tom Hiddleston to Star in Le Carre Miniseries

We’ve got a new John Le Carre espionage miniseries on the way, and it’s set to star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama is in development at the BBC and currently being shopped to U.S. networks. The novel, published in the early 1990s, deals with the changing industry of espionage as the Cold War ends. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve loved other books of Le Carre’s, and this looks like it’s shaping up to be a great cast. Hope it all comes together as planned!

Sherlock Officially Back for Series 4

SherlockIt’s official! The BBC has announced that Sherlock will be returning for a Special – presumably (though not officially) at Christmas 2015 – and then a fourth series/season of three episodes. The Special will start filming in January. I’ll let you know as soon as they release more details. Excited?

The Casual Vacancy & More TV Casting

Michael GambonThe BBC/HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has cast Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, Abigail Lawrie, Rufus Jones, Keeley Forsyth, Simon McBurney, Richard Glover, Marie Critchley, and Michelle Austin.

The Recovery Road pilot has cast Sebastian De Souza, Alexis Carra, and Doug Savant.

Sophie Okonedo has joined The Hollow Crown as Margaret of Anjou.

Toby Sebastian has been cast in the miniseries of The Red Tent.

HBO Joins BBC for J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

J.K. RowlingGood news for American J.K. Rowling fans: HBO will co-produce the already-announced BBC miniseries version of Rowling’s adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. Rowling is an executive producer, and the adaptation will be written by Sarah Phelps. Here’s a description:

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s follow-up to the Harry Potter series, centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind its pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands and teachers at war with their students.

Anyone a fan of the book? I loved The Cuckoo’s Calling but haven’t read this one yet.

Trailer: Death Comes to Pemberley

The BBC has released the first trailer for their miniseries adaptation of P.D. James’s mystery novel Death Comes to Pemberley, starring Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennet Darcy, Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Matthew Goode as George Wickham, and Jenna Louise Coleman as Lydia Bennet Wickham. It will air on the BBC starting December 26th and in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece in 2014. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend – it’s both a compelling historical mystery and a faithful visit to the beloved Pride & Prejudice characters.