On this special day for London, we turn our thoughts briefly to the much anticipated DVD release of Kingdom Season One. This delightful comedy drama stars Stephen Fry as a Peter Kingdom, a small town lawyer in the Norfolk countryside. Cast regulars include Hermione Norris (MI-5), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Karl Davies (Game of Thrones) and Emma Thompson’s mother, Phyllida Law (Albert Nobbs). The DVD is expected to street in the fall.
Viewer alert: We can’t wait to see what Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, has cooked up for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, what with rumors of Mary Poppins, Voldemort and sheep. NBC’s coverage begins at 7:30pm ET.
Twenty Twelve finale: For those night owls who have followed this mockumentary on the foibles of the London 2012 deliverance team, the final two episodes on BBC America air Saturday night beginning at midnight ET. If you already know who shot Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), these are not to be missed. The complete series is slated for DVD, but the release date is still to be announced.
We had hoped to post a message or two from Comic-Con last week, but we found ourselves serving shoppers and visitors round the clock in the BBC America booth. There were a few stolen moments when we snapped a costume photo or two to send to Anglophenia (whose coverage was fantastic), but that was the extent of our journalistic contributions.
Thanks to all our booth visitors for their exceptional patience in negotiating our extended shopping line. Luckily, our video wall offered 45 minutes of previews, clips and fun features to pass the time and spark conversations. One shirtless shot of David Tennant (from the upcoming BBC America miniseries Spies of Warsaw) spurred a great deal of interest, as did the promo for Matt Smith in the Olympics drama Going for Gold, which airs next Wednesday, July 25th.
San Diego is a beautiful city with one on the most enviable summer climates in the country, and we were glad to see that the stars of Doctor Who had a chance to get out and about town:
We suspect that the only outdoor exposure some Comic-Con attendees get is waiting outside the convention center for their favorite panel:
In the spirit of Comic-Con, we are releasing Misfits Season One on DVD July 31st. This BAFTA-winning drama about unruly teens who develop superpowers was described by New York Magazine as “Heroes with Buffy-esque snark.” The DVD includes over 70 minutes of extras and an on-pack offer for a T-shirt in that “community service” shade of orange that is so trendy this summer.
Congratulations to BBC’s nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards!
Luther and Sherlock both garnered Best Miniseries nominations. Acting nods went to Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Idris Elba (Luther), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), and Emma Thompson (The Song of Lunch). Also in the running are writers Neil Cross (Luther), Steven Moffat (Sherlock), and Abi Morgan (The Hour), and directors Sam Miller (Luther) and Paul McGuigan (Sherlock). Sherlock also received seven technical nominations, including Outstanding Music by David Arnold and Michael Price.
Landmark nature series Frozen Planet earned five nominations, including Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and Outstanding Cinematography.
Twelve years after the wondrous Walking With Dinosaurs, the BBC has launched a fresh new voyage into the prehistoric era. There have been so many advances in CGI since 1999 that we are amazed to remember how largely Walking With Dinosaurs had relied on puppetry to bring dinosaur natural history into our homes. In a few short years, new breakthroughs in CGI made it possible for Primeval to deliver a different extinct species, sometimes several, in each episode. The field of paleontology has also enjoyed a wealth of new discoveries in the past decade, and Planet Dinosaurbrings it all together in an immersive visual experience with jaw-dropping action and charismatic monsters like this Spinosaurus, which, according to recent findings, may have been the largest carnivore ever to walk the earth. Coming soon to the Discovery Channel, Planet Dinosaur will be available on DVD August 21st. The DVD also includes the behind-the-scenes program How to Build a Dinosaur.