Here’s your weekly round-up of the biggest television news stories:
– After the short teaser a couple of weeks ago, BBC One have released a full trailer for their upcoming historical epic, The White Queen, set to be shown this summer. The ten part series focuses on several key women caught up in the War of the Roses, including the Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville who conspires to marry Edward IV of the House of York and becomes the titular queen. Based on Philippa Gregory’s popular set of novels, The Cousins’ War, it stars Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, James Frain, Janet McTeer and Amanda Hale. Check out the new trailer below:
– The first images of the new series of Luther were released this week by the BBC, giving us a glimpse into the upcoming third season of the popular detective drama. Starring Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Warren Brown, Paul McGann, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Nikki Amuka-Bird and created by Neil Cross, the new series sees Luther back with the Metropolitan Police Service and struggling to investigate two major crimes whilst fighting off attempts from an ex-policeman to ruin his career.
– Showtime have released the trailer for the eighth and final season of Dexter, set to air later this year. Starring Michael C. Hall as everyone’s favourite serial killer who moonlights as a blood spatter analyst by day, it will be set six months after the events of last season and finds his sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), still struggling to come to terms with LaGuerta’s murder. Meanwhile, newcomer Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling) arrives in Miami to assist on a case but could also shed some light onto Dexter’s traumatic past.
– After the success of The Politician’s Husband, Paula Milne is set to work on a new Cold War drama for BBC Two called Legacy, based on a novel by Alan Judd and set in the murky world of espionage in 1970s London. The ninety minute drama will tell the story of Charles Thoroughgood who discovers a shocking secret about his father’s past and is the first commission for Slim Film + Television, an independent production company run by Simon Crawford Collins. Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC said, “Legacy is a brilliant twist on a classic genre – a Cold War spy thriller with an emotional beating heart”. The thriller will form part of the channel’s Cold War season, set to explore the dramatic history of the time.