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Burton-and-Taylor1– The folks over at BBC One have released the first trailer for the newest season of Luther, set to return to our screens in July. The third series of the moody crime drama, starring Idris Elba as the bad tempered detective, will find Luther struggling to investigate two new crimes whilst defending his job from an ex-policeman, hell-bent on ruining his reputation. The series also stars Warren Brown, Ruth Wilson, Paul McGann, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Nikki Amuka-Bird. Click here for a look at the all new trailer.

– ITV’s Morse prequel, Endeavour, has been renewed for a second season following a very popular first outing which saw it ranked as one of the channel’s highest rated dramas. The second season will consist of four more two hour episodes and is slated to air sometime next year. Series writer, Russell Lewis, said, “We’re truly delighted by the audience’s reaction to the first quartet of Endeavour stories, and very grateful to ITV for the opportunity to further embellish the legend. As to where we’ll be going next time out..? 1966. The year of Revolver. In the Bodleian. With Miss Scarlet”.

– The first images have emerged of Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter in the new one off drama, Burton and Taylor. The programme, which is set to air on BBC Four later this year, is a biopic written by William Ivory about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s time together performing in Noel Coward’s play, Private Lives, in 1983 during what was a very tempestuous time for the pair.

– A new series has been commissioned by Channel 4 which will tell the story of what would happen to the country if the national grid stopped working. From the makers of the documentary, The Plot to Bring Down Britain’s Planes, the new docu-drama, titled Blackout, will follow the nation’s descent into chaos following the terrorist attack on the national grid and will employ a documentary style approach in order to give the show a unique feeling. No word on casting yet, but with an autumn premiere already scheduled, expect news of this within the next few weeks.

– In other commissioning news, BBC One have decided to team up with The Jim Henson Company to make a new Saturday night entertainment programme called The Puppet Game Show. Featuring a host of brand new puppet characters, the show will be part game show and part sitcom, following two celebrities each week as they complete a series of challenges in order to win £10k for a charity of their choice, as well as sketches following the comedic backstage antics of the cast and crew, headed by puppet host, Dougie Colon (it’s pronounced Cologne). Derek McLean and Brian Henson are executive producing with the aim of seeing this on our screens later this year.

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