Grantchester: The Making of Season 2

Missing Grantchester already? Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at season two, featuring stars Robson Green, James Norton, and Tessa Peake-Jones, EP Diederick Santer, writer Daisy Coulam, dog handler Sandra Pearson, and more. They talk the Dickens’s stunt double, the atmosphere on set, and, well: “It’s like three puppy dogs, not just one.” Aww.

Trailer: Wolf Hall

Wolf HallWheee! The BBC has released the first trailer for Tudor miniseries Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel. The show stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. In the U.S., PBS will air the series on Masterpiece starting on April 5th. Can’t wait!

Call the Midwife Renewed + Masterpiece Premiere Dates: Granchester & Wolf Hall

Call the MidwifeWe’ve got a bunch of happy British TV adaptation news! First of all, Call the Midwife has been renewed for a fifth season by the BBC. No official word from PBS yet, but they’ll probably keep airing it. Season four production just wrapped recently. Season five will include a holiday special and will take the timeline of the show to 1961. Interesting!

And we’ve got two Masterpiece premiere dates: The miniseries based on Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall will premiere on PBS on April 5th. The Tudor story stars Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance. And mystery series Grantchester, starring James Norton, will come to PBS starting January 18th. The show is based on James Runcie’s Sidney Chambers mysteries and features a village vicar solving crimes in the 1950s. Anyone read the books yet? I’ll try to pick the first one up soon.

Masterpiece Mystery Clip: Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley finally premieres in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery this Sunday, October 26th, at 9/8c, and I am beyond excited. Here’s a clip from the first episode, featuring Matthew Rhys as Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth. From what we’ve seen so far, I think they’ll be great in the roles. The miniseries is based on the novel by P.D. James.

Trailer: The Mystery of Agatha Christie

David Suchet as PoirotThis isn’t technically an adaptation, but I think it’s probably of interest – David Suchet (Poirot) is hosting a documentary called The Mystery of Agatha Christie, “a journey to discover the woman behind some of literature’s most famous characters.” I’m sure it will cover her famous disappearance, but plenty of other parts of her life would also make good material – she was a nurse in World War I, and had all sorts of adventures with her second husband, an archaeologist – so I’m hoping they’ll spend some time on those periods of her life as well. The Mystery of Agatha Christie premieres on PBS on September 28th at 10:30/9:30c, which seems scandalously late for the PBS audience. (Including myself.) I think that means it’ll be following The Paradise and a Miss Marple episode.

Miss Marple Previews: A Caribbean Mystery & Greenshaw’s Folly

Miss MarpleOn September 21st, we’re getting two new episodes featuring Julia McKenzie as Agatha Christie’s great detective Miss Marple, and now we’ve got previews for both episodes, narrated by Alan Cumming. They’re part of the current season of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.

A Caribbean Mystery:

Greenshaw’s Folly: