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Netflix have unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming historical series Marco Polo, ahead of its premiere on Friday 12th December. Created by John Fusco (Hidalgo), the epic series will tell the story of the legendary explorer as he travels along the Silk Road and spends time in the dangerous court of Kublai Khan. Lorenzo Richelmy (Borgia) stars as the titular character, alongside Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (The Last Emperor) and Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas).

A US remake may be in the works, but Luther is also set to return to BBC One in late 2015 with two sixty-minute specials to wrap up the series. Idris Elba is confirmed to return, alongside series creator Neil Cross, who will write both episodes and said, “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out”.

The first image has been released for the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, showing stars Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Bertie Carvel (Babylon) in action as the titular characters. Based on the popular series of books by Susanna Clarke, the story takes place in England during the Napoleonic wars, when magic is set to make a return.
Strange-Norrell-First-LookHugh Laurie is set to guest star in the fourth season of HBO’s Veep. Created by Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It), the series revolves around the office of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she struggles with the day-to-day realities of working in modern politics. Details of Laurie’s character are being kept firmly under wraps, but his stint on the show could be something very special indeed.

ITV Encore has cast Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) in its new supernatural drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles. Set in 1827, it will see talented police investigator John Marlott discovering that a case involving the body of a dead child is not at all what it seems on first look. Director and co-creator Benjamin Ross described Marlott’s journey as one that would take him into, “an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario”.

In news that will surprise no one, Peter Capaldi has reportedly signed on to reprise his role as the Twelfth Doctor in next year’s ninth season of Doctor Who. Showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed the announcement this week, whilst also refusing to comment on whether companion Jenna Coleman would also be back. Guess we’ll have to tune in to the Christmas special to find out once and for all.

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