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River Song is back for ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special!

The BBC has officially announced this morning that Alex Kingston is returning to Doctor Who for this year’s Christmas special. The actress will reprise her role as Professor River Song in the show’s eleventh Christmas episode, which begins filming this week. The special is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Sherlock). River...

‘Spooks’ star joins ‘Penny Dreadful’ cast as Dr. Jekyll in Season 3

Filming has begun in Dublin, Ireland on the third season of Penny Dreadful. The period horror drama was renewed for nine new episodes by Sky Atlantic and US channel Showtime in June. Created, written and executive produced by Skyfall writer John Logan, Penny Dreadful launched in May 2014 and Season 2 aired earlier this year. >...

‘Sherlock’ director joins ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special

Douglas Mackinnon has been revealed as the director of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. The online CV of Director of Photography Suzie Lavelle confirms the news. Mackinnon directed the upcoming one-off Sherlock Christmas special earlier this year and has previously directed seven episodes of Doctor Who, including ‘Flatline’, ‘Time Heist’, ‘Listen’, ‘Cold War’, ‘The...

Steven Moffat says next ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner will be ‘marvellous’

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has briefly discussed the task of finding his replacement, “when the time comes” for him to leave. Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival following a fan screening of Season 9’s opener, ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, Moffat was asked if he was “grooming somebody else to take over” from...

‘Humans’ Season 2: Writers tease possible Dr. Millican return

The writers of Channel 4’s Humans have hinted that William Hurt’s character Dr. Millican could come back, despite his death in the first season. The new sci-fi drama concluded earlier this month. > Order Season 1 on DVD on Amazon. Filming on eight new episodes will begin next year. Discussing the possible return of Dr....

Rafe Spall to lead cast of ITV’s new ghost hunter drama

ITV has announced that Rafe Spall will star in Harry Price: Ghost Hunter. Ashes to Ashes writer Jack Lothian’s new one-off drama is based on Britain’s most famous real life ghost hunter and sceptic, Harry Price, who investigated tales of the paranormal and supernatural. Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus) will lead the cast as...

‘Doctor Who’ team adapting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for BBC One

BBC One has commissioned a new one-off adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies. The 90-minute film is described as “bold and accessible” with “attitude and invention”, and will be a “truthful version of the play”, using the original words. The commission was announced by Charlotte Moore,...

‘Happy Valley’ story hints revealed for second season

The new season of Happy Valley has started filming this week in Yorkshire. Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango In Halifax) returns as police sergeant Catherine Cawood for six new episodes, with Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Cucumber), Shirley Henderson (Jamaica Inn) and Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey) joining the cast. The official synopsis for Season...

‘Humans’ writers tease Hawkins family return in Season 2

The writers of Channel 4’s Humans have revealed bringing the Hawkins family back next season will be a “big challenge”. The new sci-fi drama’s first season concluded earlier this month. > Order Season 1 on DVD on Amazon. Filming on eight new episodes will begin next year. Executive producer Sam Vincent told TV Line: “We...

‘Cucumber’ stars join ‘Happy Valley’ cast for Season 2

Cucumber stars Julie Hesmondhalgh, Con O’Neill and Vincent Franklin will join Sarah Lancashire in the new season of Happy Valley. Six new episodes of Sally Wainwright’s drama will air on BBC One in 2016. The first season of Happy Valley pulled in a weekly consolidated audience of almost 8 million and an average overnight audience of...