Channel 4 have released a trailer for three new interconnecting series from Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who). Titled Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, each series will focus on different characters as they explore the ‘passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life’. Cucumber, showing on Channel 4, stars Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It) and Freddie Fox (The Three Musketeers) whilst Banana on E4 stars Hannah John-Kamen (Happy Valley) and Letitia Wright (Chasing Shadows). Tofu meanwhile, will stream online and will be an ‘anarchic guide to sex inspired by the dramas each week’.
The BBC have released the first trailer for Wolf Hall, their adaptation of the acclaimed series of novels by Hilary Mantel which is set to premiere on January 21st. The six episode season has been written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and will combine the stories of the first two Thomas Cromwell novels by Mantel – Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl) stars alongside Damian Lewis (Homeland), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean).
BBC Two’s The Fall may have ended on a cliffhanger last year, but series creator Alan Cubitt has teased that a third series may be on the horizon. Although no official greenlight has been granted by the BBC, speaking at a recent press tour in the US, Cubitt said, “I’m very confident there will be a third season”. Fingers crossed we finally get some resolution for Gillian Anderson’s DSI Stella Gibson.
Netflix announced that their original series Marco Polo would be returning later this year for a second season, for another ten episodes.
A teaser trailer has been released unveiling the premiere date of Netflix’s first Marvel show, Daredevil, which will become available from 10th April 2015. Star Charlie Cox (Stardust) also confirmed that all thirteen episodes of the series will be released at once, allowing viewers to binge the series in one glorious weekend.
Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, also confirmed that discussions are taking place surrounding a possibly fifth season of Arrested Development. The online streaming service is keen to do a further season about the dysfunctional Bluth family, but finding time in all the actors’ schedules is proving difficult.
John Travolta (Grease) has signed on to star in American Crime Story, the true crime anthology series from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story). Travolta will play Robert Shapiro, O.J. Simpson’s defence attorney.
Season four has yet to premiere, but HBO have already announced that Girls will be returning next year for a fifth season. The renewal comes as no big surprise given the show’s popularity and critical acclaim.
And finally, it seems barely a TV news roundup goes by without some Doctor Who news and this week’s fix comes in the form of a casting announcement – Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) will guest star in the new series. All that is known about Kaye’s appearance is that he will play a character called Prentis, which has led fans to speculate that he will perhaps appear in the premiere episode titled The Magician’s Apprentice. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.