– First up is the brand new trailer for the upcoming 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who – The Day of the Doctor. Set to air on the 23rd November on BBC One, the special will star series regulars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, alongside guest stars John Hurt, David Tennant and Billie Piper. Plot details are being kept heavily under wraps, but we know it will involve a huge secret concerning the Doctor’s history. Have a look below:
– Peep Show creators, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain’s new series, Babylon, has been given a full season order from Channel 4, before production on its pilot is even completed. The new show stars James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) and Brit Marling (Another Earth), with a pilot directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and looks at the inner politics of the police force. The series will air on Channel 4 sometime in 2014.
– David Tennant is set to return to our screens next week in BBC One’s The Escape Artist, with a premiere set for 9pm on Tuesday 29th. The three-part series also stars Tony Kebbell (Black Mirror), Ashley Jensen (Extras) and Sophie Okonedo (Mayday) and tells the story of a brilliant barrister, famous for his winning streak, who acquits the prime suspect in a brutal murder investigation only to have his victory come back with devastating consequences. You can watch the new trailer below:
– BBC One’s popular crime drama Ripper Street is also set to return to our screens this month and, ahead of the second series, a new trailer has been released. It features series regulars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg alongside newcomers David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Leanne Best (Doctors) and follows the continuing exploits of H Division, tasked with policing the streets of Whitechapel shortly after the Ripper murders. The new series starts at 9pm on 28th October and you can have a look at what’s to come below:
– ITV have announced that the highly anticipated fifth season of The Vampire Diaries will make its UK premiere at 9pm on October 29th. The new series will pick up some time after the events of the previous season, with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) having spent the summer together, enjoying their new relationship. But with college on the horizon and Silas still on the loose, it’s unlikely to stay quiet for long.
– And finally, ahead of its big finale on Tuesday, comes the news that ever popular The Great British Bake Off will be returning for a fifth series and moving to BBC One in 2014. The baking contest is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and follows thirteen amateur bakers as they compete in weekly contests to be crowned the greatest and has been a runaway success for BBC Two. Charlotte Moore, BBC One Controller, said of the move: “I’ve championed The Great British Bake Off from the very start and believe the time is absolutely right to bring the show to an even broader audience on BBC One”.