One year, six months, and thirty days. This virtual eternity in TV time is what “Peaky Blinders” fans had to endure waiting for the BBC gangster epic to return after binging its 2nd season along with their 2014 Thanksgiving turkey. But mercifully, the devilish delay is over. Yesterday Netflix finally released Season 3, and now “Peaky Blinders” is back! Set in 1920s Birmingham, the dark, stylish drama stars Irish actor Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, a tortured WWI hero turned mastermind of his family’s criminal enterprises. Don’t miss this great Deadline interview with Murphy and director Steven Knight to get the whole scoop on the new season, and check out the trailer above to whet your appetite for what’s to come. And if you’re new to “Peaky Blinders,” don’t worry. Swing by EPL to pick up Seasons 1 and 2 and get yourself caught up in no time. This show is not to be missed.
The BBC has commissioned J.K. Rowling’s latest book The Casual Vacancy for a television series. Rowling said she’s thrilled: “I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”No date or length of series has been finalized yet, but according to this short article in the Huffington Post, suggestions for the cast are already in the works. Interesting choices. Check it out here.
After hearing at least two programs speaking about the new Sherlock, I decided it was a good time to mention it here. The BBC‘s 3 part series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead and Martin Freeman as Watson has become quite famous in Britain over the past few months. Sunday night, on Oct. 24th at 9 pm, it will start airing on PBS. Apparently, you can expect a terrific production. Some reviewers were concerned that a contemporary Holmes might detract from the essence of Conan Doyle’s character, however, the writers have updated the detective in clever ways. As David Bianculli says, the new Sherlock doesn’t rely on cocaine when he’s nervous, he prefers to slap nicotine patches on his arm. Reviews indicate the characters are funnier than in past versions, also.
Robin Young, host of Here and Now on WBUR presented a discussion on the 21st century Sherlock Holmes. NPR’s David Bianculli absolutely raved about the show.