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Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals He Was Once Abducted in South Africa

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about being abducted in South Africa eight years ago in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Cumberbatch and two friends had been driving back to the set of To the Ends of the Earth north of Durban when car troubles put their journey on pause. "It was cold, and it was dark. I felt rotten. We were wary because that's a notoriously dangerous place to drive. Then, poof, the front-right tire blows," Cumberbatch recalled. "So we got the spare, but that meant getting all of our luggage out. We were like sitting ducks, adverts for -- not prosperity necessarily but materialism."

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The Weekend Playlist: Foyle's Cold War, A Second Look at Orphan Black

Foyle's War

One war makes way for another as the incredibly durable Foyle's War, in its seventh Masterpiece Mystery! season on PBS, transitions from post-World War II intrigues to the ethically murky spy games of a burgeoning Cold War. "I haven't got the requisite capacity for deceit," grumbles former police DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, radiating crisp intelligence and decency), who once again is denied his dreams of retirement when MI5 spooks reel him in, fresh off the boat from America.

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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens to Lend His Voice to The Tomorrow People

Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens has joined the cast of The Tomorrow People — sort of.

The Downton Abbey star, who left the acclaimed drama after last season, will lend his voice to the new CW series, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Ask Matt: RIP Bunheads and The Glades, Plus Downton, Fall TV Promos and More

The Crazy Ones

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Recently, Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered some of the cast to film a goodbye dance to the much-beloved ABC Family series Bunheads. I admit it, watching it made me a little misty. I wish more creators respected their fans and casts enough to provide such closure. Do you think such series codas will, or should, become more common? Also, do you think they are a good or bad thing for fans and show runners? Meaning: Does it just prolong the fans' agony of letting a favorite show go by keeping them hoping for one more taste and, on the creative side, label creators as undesirable to work with if they're unable to let their failed ideas go, potentially preventing them from getting future projects produced because no one just wants a copy of something that didn't work elsewhere?

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VIDEO: Watch Downton Abbey's First Full Trailer for Season 4

Downton Abbey

Things don't look so good for Mary (Michelle Dockery) in the Season 4 trailer for Downton Abbey.

 Although the new season picks up after the shocking death of Mary's husband Matthew, Mary will still have to process it. "You have a straightforward choice," the Dowager Countess warns Mary. "You must choose either life or death."

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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery: Lady Mary Won't Be Happy for a Long Time

Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech

[Spoilers! The following contains information about the first three seasons of Downton Abbey. Read at your own risk.]

Downton Abbey's Lady Mary may be in mourning, but will we get to see her eventually find happiness this season?

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Downton Abbey Downstairs Scoop: Anna Dances, Mrs. Hughes Subs, and Daisy Gets Nasty

Sophie McShera

Matthew who?

On the upcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey, the Crawleys upstairs may be mourning the recent death of their heir, but those downstairs are suffering from an additional loss: O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran). Beyond the absence of the scheming lady's maid, the servants will also have to contend with new-fangled kitchen gadgets, a familiar face returning and ongoing internal strife (we blame Thomas!).
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FX Orders Drama Pilot Hoke Starring Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti

FX has given the green light to drama pilot Hoke, which will star Paul Giamatti, the network announced Wednesday.

Based on Charles Willeford's series of novels, Hoke is... read more

Cat Deeley's Watchlist: What Show Made Her Skip Showering All Weekend?

Cat Deeley

What show caused Cat Deeley to not shower for a weekend?

"I am loving Downton Abbey, it's my absolute fave," the So You Think You Can Dance host says in her celebrity Watchlist video. "It was a bit of a gray weekend and I think my husband and I wore track suits for the whole two days and didn't shower. In fact, I don't even think we brushed our teeth! We were disgusting."

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Poll: Will You Watch Downton Abbey Season 4?

Michelle Dockery

[Spoiler alert! The following contains important details from Downton Abbey's Season 3 finale. The Dowager Countess would be very disapproving if you read ahead without having watched it first!]

The fourth season of Downton Abbey is fast approaching, but in light of how it left off, will you tune in?
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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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