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The Real History of Science Fiction documentary series on BBC America (Saturdays at 10pm ET beginning April 19) aims to tell the definitive history of the genre and its impact on cinema, television and literature. Each episode in the four-part series explores one of the enduring themes of sci-fi: time travel, space exploration, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The list of sci-fi notables contributing to the series include William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore … Continue reading
Golden Globe-nominated Tatiana Maslany and costar Jordan Gavaris hit the ground running, literally, in Season 2 of the clone conspiracy-drama Orphan Black, returning to BBC America Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT beginning April 19. Gavaris, whose character Felix (aka Fee) adds the witty banter when dealing with his foster sister Sarah (Maslany) and her club of clones, tells us that this season brings new challenges. “He has a big decision to make and it’s not an easy one,” Gavaris says of Felix. “The relationship between him and his sister is going to be tested in really profound ways. It was very … Continue reading
Recap of Season 2 premiere of Ripper Street “Pure As the Driven” (original airdate on BBC America Feb. 22, 2014). There’s a lot to be said for having one writer, one director, one cinematographer – it’s continuity. That’s what makes each episode of Ripper Street look and feel like a movie. Season 2’s premiere “Pure as the Driven” is no exception. It’s a show-and-tell history lesson you’ll love sitting through. [SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read on if you haven’t seen Season 2 premiere yet] Chinatown has come to London and with it, opium, Triads and Chinese immigrants looking for a better … Continue reading
BBC America’s Ripper Street Season 2 returns this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10pm ET/PT with eight new episodes. This season finds the Metropolitan Police’s H Division battling new evils that threaten to disrupt the delicate peace struck at the end of Season 1. All the same characters are back, but the pairings have changed. It’s still 2-2-1, but this season, the “1” is Inspector Reid (Matthew MacFadyen, pictured). Joining the cast for Season 2 of Ripper Street is David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Malwe (Game of Thrones) and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood). Season 2 … Continue reading
BBC America presents Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Jan. 29: This four-part miniseries stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming, the playboy who became a World War II British naval intelligence officer who later became the creator of fiction’s consummate spy, James Bond. The series premieres Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10pm ET/PT on BBC America. From BBC America: There’s no questioning the iconic status of the man they call 007, but before his thrilling adventures hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming. Stylish and explosive – BBC AMERICA’s Fleming: The Man Who Would … Continue reading
“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
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
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
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
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