Here’s your weekly round-up of the biggest television news stories this week.
– Last week saw the conclusion to the immensely popular Broadchurch and hot on the heels of the revelation of Danny Latimer’s murderer came the news that ITV have commissioned a second series of the show. But details on casting and potential storylines are being kept tightly under wraps and with production expected to start next year, it’ll probably be a while before we find out just what season 2 may have in store.
– It’s been a big week for renewals all round and BBC One also announced that its latest hit drama, The Village, would also be returning for a second series of six episodes, expected to be shown next year. Starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, the story follows a single village over a hundred years, told through the memories of one of its residents. Series creator, Peter Moffat (Silk) said that he has big plans for the next season as “the village moves away from the horror of war and into the roaring Twenties”.
– Staying with The BBC, they’ve also released the first images from their upcoming thirteen part series, The Musketeers. Based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, the new series will star Luke Pasqualino (Skins) as D’Artagnan with Tom Burke (The Hour), Howard Charles and Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) as Athos, Porthos and Aramis, respectively. Created by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), the show is expected on our screens in 2014.
– Keen to hop on the serial killer bandwagon, MTV have announced that they are turning the hit horror franchise, Scream, into a TV series. The slasher films, written and created by Kevin Williamson, are famous for their post-modern take on horror films and have been incredibly successful at the box office. The series will join the likes of Hannibal and Bates Motel in new shows based on popular horror movies. The new pilot is expected to be on screens in 2014 and Wes Craven, director of all four Scream films, is in talks to direct.
– 2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for television, but to keep us occupied until then though, Steven Moffat has given us a few tantalising clues as to what lies in store for this season’s Doctor Who finale, mysteriously titled “The Name of the Doctor”. Speaking to Digitalspy, the showrunner teased that the episode would not only introduce scary new villains known as The Whispermen but that the finale would “change the course of Who forever”. The series long mystery surrounding Clara would also finally be revealed and Moffat hinted that it’s “a surprise that no-one has got right so far”.