Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: “The Day of the Doctor” brings back fan favorites

Doctor Who 50th anniversary Matt Smith David Tennant John Hurt BBC America

As the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration illustrates, to be a Doctor Who fan is to learn to deal with highs and lows, often all at once. For instance, along with the astronomical joy involved in an occasion like the show’s 50th anniversary episode — an extended, 75-minute love fest titled “The Day of the Doctor,” which will air in a global simulcast at 2:50pm Saturday, Nov. 23, on BBC America — comes the throat-tightening knowledge that Matt Smith’s four-year tenure in the role is ending. His final appearance will be in the very next episode, this year’s Christmas special. Why … Continue reading

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“Burton and Taylor” a fitting elegy for Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton’s romance

"Burton and Taylor" a fitting elegy for Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton's romance

Let’s just get this out of the way immediately: Burton and Taylor ain’t Liz & Dick. Last year’s notorious Lifetime biopic starring Lindsay Lohan was about as sudsy and over-the-top as we wanted it to be — truly, no vase was safe on that set — but now BBC America is chiming in with a much more serious, thoughtful take on the indomitable romance between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Where Liz & Dick was histrionic, Burton and Taylor is moody and subdued. While Lohan read her lines like she was reciting a speech, Helena Bonham Carter inhabits the role … Continue reading

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BBC America to simulcast Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary just keeps getting bigger. On Nov. 23, BBC America will simulcast “The Day of the Doctor,” the 75-minute episode that commemorates a half-century of TARDIS joy, so that the whole world will get to join in on the fun at the same time. From the network: Announced today, BBC AMERICA will simulcast the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, in the U.S. on November 23, 2013. For the first time ever, the world’s longest running and most successful sci-fi series will be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies

Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies

Fall seasons don’t only include the premieres of new series. New original movies usually abound, and Fall 2013 is no exception. Here are some of the Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies to check out over the next few months, from dramas to family films and more. All times are ET; check back for updates and additions. Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies An Adventure in Space and Time BBC America Premieres: November Who’s In It? David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Brian Cox, Sacha Dhawan
 What’s It All About? Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, this entertaining, and at times touching, … Continue reading

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A shocking murder unravels a tightknit town in “Broadchurch”

Broadchurch

In this harrowing, eight-part murder mystery, a quiet seaside town is shaken to its core when an 11-year-old boy’s murdered body is discovered on the beach. Police detectives Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (David Tennant) investigate the crime, unearthing secrets the townspeople would rather keep buried. Broadchurch premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10pm ET/PT on BBC America. There are many benefits to living in the English town of Broadchurch: beautiful beaches, a vibrant tourist economy and lovely vistas from a coastal bluff. The residents all know each other like family, which makes the discovery of an 11-year-old boy’s … Continue reading

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BBC America’s Danger Man: Behind the wild stunts of Jonathan Goodwin

BBC America’s Danger Man: Escape artist and stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin stars in the series Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin Mondays. Jonathan Goodwin is an escape artist and professional thrill-seeker taking his unique brand of entertainment onto the streets of Britain and the U.S. in the new BBC America series Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin (Mondays, 10pm ET/PT). Goodwin scales buildings, gets buried alive, catches flying arrows and more dangerous stunts in this five-part series. Viewers will also get behind-the-scenes access to how Goodwin prepares and trains for his performances. Episode Guide from BBC America: Episode 1 (July 8, 10pm … Continue reading

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Preview: BBC America’s Copper Season 2

Preview: BBC America's Copper Season 2

“[In Copper Season 2] we wanted to raise the stakes and dive into the 1860s political machine by bringing in a Boss Tweed-like character to shake things up,” says co-creator and executive producer, Tom Fontana. “With the addition of General Brendan Donovan, we reveal a highly volatile faction of old New York City, Tammany Hall, and sink our characters into storylines including counterfeiting, illegal Union Army recruitment, the 13th amendment and its ramifications for ‘freed’ slaves, public health hazards and more. By making the universe a little fuller, it gave us a chance to breathe new life into the history … Continue reading

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Zombies start life over in BBC America’s “In the Flesh”

In the Flesh

For the undead, life begins again in BBC America’s three-part miniseries In the Flesh, about a teenage zombie who returns to his family after his suicide. This three-part miniseries follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead. After months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their … Continue reading

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Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black new star

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black - New star of the BBC America series

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black – New Star Of BBC America Series The idea of knowing there’s a clone of you certainly has a creepy intrigue factor about it and BBC America plays off that in its new sci-fi thriller series Orphan Black, debuting Saturday, March 30 at 9pm ET. The series follows a troubled woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, The Vow) whose life takes a dramatic turn when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. Sarah quickly reacts to Beth’s suicide by grabbing her purse, then eventually assuming her identity, her boyfriend and her bank … Continue reading

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Matthew Macfadyen hunts Jack the Ripper in BBC America’s “Ripper Street”

Matthew Macfadyen hunts Jack the Ripper in BBC America's "Ripper Street"

Whitechapel, London, 1889. The time and the place are synonymous with the most infamous unsolved murder cases in history, and they’re the setting for this new series coming to BBC America’s Dramaville beginning January 19. Matthew Macfadyen stars as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, investigator of the Ripper murders and other crimes. Alongside him is Capt. Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), the forensic investigator whose way with an autopsy renders him invaluable to Reid’s mission as the body count on the street starts to mount. It’s a fairly remarkable series, to start, but we have to admit that we’re glad that we … Continue reading

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