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There’s a lot to feast your eyes on in this week’s round up of television news, thanks to a number of exciting new trailers and casting announcements…

– First up is the trailer for the new BBC show, The White Queen. The ten part series, set to be shown this summer, is based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’ War and follows the lives of several key women during the War of the Roses. Rebecca Ferguson stars as the Lancastrian Elizabeth Woodville who conspires to marry Edward IV, head of the opposing House of York and finds herself crowned as the titular queen. It boasts an impressive cast including James Frain (The Tudors) and Amanda Hale (Ripper Street) and although it’s only a teaser trailer that’s been released so far, it certainly looks very exciting.

 

 

– The BBC has also released the first glimpse of their upcoming crime drama, The Fall, written by Allan Cubitt (Murphy’s Law) and starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time). Hailed as a new Prime Suspect, the hotly anticipated show tells the story of DSI Stella Gibson (Anderson) who travels to Belfast in order to help find a serial killer. Ben Stephenson, head of BBC Drama, said that it is sure to keep “viewers on the edge of their seats”.

 

 

– The trailer for the latest season of HBO’s True Blood was also released this week, teasing that this will be “the beginning of the end”. Season six of the popular vampire drama will follow the continuing exploits of the denizens of Bon Temps and sees the return of telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) as well as vampires Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård). The trailer gives us glimpses into all the characters, so check it out to spot your favourite…

 

 

– Quashing the hopes of fangirls everywhere, Merlin star, Colin Morgan, has dismissed the rumours of a follow up movie. The popular BBC series ended its five year run on Christmas Day 2012 but there had been rumours of a possible film to continue the story. Speaking to the Telegraph, Morgan said “I don’t think there will be any more” citing his desire to pursue other roles: “As an actor, you need to be versatile. You need to challenge yourself”. But with series co-creator Julian Murphy seemingly enthusiastic about the idea, who knows if this is the last we’ll hear of a Merlin movie?

– Following on from the incredible success of Broadchurch, comes the news that Chris Chibnall’s next crime drama will star (deep breath) Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Tim Pigott-Smith (The Hour), Tom Chambers (Waterloo Road), Tom Beard (Hunted), James Wilby (Titanic) and James Fox (Sherlock Holmes). The two part series, titled The Great Train Robbery will tell the story of the infamous heist from both sides – cops and robbers, and is set to coincide with its 50th anniversary.

– And finally, as more news trickles out about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special comes the announcement that none of the old Doctors are set to appear, apart from David Tennant. Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, told DigitalSpy that none of the “20th century Doctors” had been asked to return. It seems a shame that an episode aimed at celebrating the long history of the show would neglect such a huge part of its heritage, especially since so many of the older Doctors were apparently keen to cameo. We’ll have to see what else showrunner, Steven Moffat, has in store for us this Autumn…

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