BBC America goes Greek with new “Atlantis” series

BBC America goes Greek with new "Atlantis" series

“He’s strong because his father’s a god, not because he goes to the gym every day,” Mark Addy told reporters at a summer press conference about his portrayal of the Greek demigod Hercules in the new BBC America series Atlantis — a portrayal that did not require the near-50 Addy to get in any sort of muscular shape. “Our director,” he continued, “the front page of her copy of the script has an old painting with Hercules peeing. Drunken, naked Hercules just having a pee. That’s the kind of guy that this one is.” And that’s the kind of show … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: “An Adventure in Space and Time” tells origin story of sci-fi classic

Doctor Who An Adventure in Space and Time David Bradley BBC America

As difficult to comprehend as it may be in our geek-obsessed culture, there was a time when concepts like Time Lords, the TARDIS and Daleks all seemed a bit odd. Back in 1963, Doctor Who was just another BBC program, a quirky little sci-fi venture that had the unfortunate luck to premiere the day after President Kennedy was assassinated. Beyond that, the network was iffy on the whole idea, which was headed by a pair of ambitious yet untested producers, and starred a curmudgeonly actor many people felt was past his prime. But 50 years later, here we are, discussing … Continue reading

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BBC America Doctor Who 50th anniversary schedule

BBC America Doctor Who 50th anniversary schedule

In the United States, the BBC America Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration coverage leading up to the “Day of the Doctor” special began yesterday, continues today (Nov. 19) with a 10am-11pm ET marathon of The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) episodes, and will continue tomorrow, Nov. 20, through the weekend of the airing of the 50th anniversary special worldwide on Nov. 23. BBC America Doctor Who Takeover Schedule, Nov. 20-24 (All Times Eastern) Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Marathon – Nov. 20 all day starting at 2am on BBC America. The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Marathon Part 1 – … Continue reading

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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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