We finally got a glimpse of what’s to come in the BBC’s upcoming Poldark reboot this week, with the release of a moody first-look trailer. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars in the new adaptation, based on the novels by Winston Graham, as Ross Poldark, a man who returns from the American War of Independence to find his old life in ruins. The original 1970s series was massively popular, but the trailer looks promising indeed.
Whoopi Goldberg has signed on to co-star in Dolores & Jermaine, a new multi-camera comedy for ABC. It tells the story of a millennial (Jermaine Fowler) who moves in with his strict grandmother (Goldberg), a former cop and football fanatic, and finds he needs her old-school parenting as much as she needs his youthful enthusiasm.
BBC Two have also released a trailer for Banished, a new drama from Jimmy McGovern (Accused) which looks equal parts beautiful and brutal. Set in 1788 in New South Wales, Australia, it tells the stories of the inhabitants of the first British penal colony as they struggle to survive in an inhospitable and foreign land. Russell Tovey (Being Human) stars alongside David Wenham (Top of the Lake), Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour) and MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street). Banished premieres from 9pm on Thursday 5th March.
After starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and The Fall, Jamie Dornan has found his new role in Netflix’s Jadotville. The streaming giant has acquired the rights to the feature film, which is being written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine) and directed by Richie Smyth, based on the 1961 siege of an Irish UN battalion in the Congo. Dornan will play Commander Patrick Quinlan, who led his 150 men to safety against an opposing force of 3000.
We also have a suitably nail-biting trailer for Sky One’s newest medical drama, Critical, from Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty). Starring Lennie James (Low Winter Sun), the series follows a group of medical professionals who work in the Medical Trauma Unit, a unit which deals with only the most seriously injured and where every patient’s life hangs in the balance.
Sky Atlantic has renewed The Tunnel for a second season. Originally based on the Scandinavian series The Bridge, the new season will depart from its source material and feature a brand new story, picking up after a plane mysteriously crashes into the English Channel.
Jaimie Alexander (Thor) has been cast as the lead in NBC pilot, Blindspot, from Greg Berlanti (Arrow). Written by Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis) it tells the story of a woman found naked in the middle of New York’s Times Square and covered in strange tattoos which point to a larger conspiracy.