Question: Is there any chance the Inspector Lewis series will have more new episodes? I have become a big fan of the lead actor and his new sidekick, despite having seen only one installment of the original Inspector Morse. Thanks for any information you can provide!
Answer: WGBH tells me that Inspector Lewis will be back with new mysteries next year, part of a very busy lineup that, as previously reported, will also include Kenneth Branagh as Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, plus the return of David Suchet as Hercule Poirot and, new to the role, Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple ...
Question: I've enjoyed reading the Maisie Dobbs mystery books by Jacqueline Winspear, and I thought I had read somewhere that the story had been sold to the BBC to be made as a series of movies. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find where I read that. My hope is that the movies will be made and will eventually be broadcast on my local PBS station as part of the Mystery! series. Kind of a long shot, I know. I also know from reading your columns (which I enjoy very much, thank you) that you know a little something about the Mystery! series. Have you heard anything about the possibility of these movies being made?
Answer: At the moment, I'm told there are no immediate plans to bring these stories to the Mystery! franchise. Which isn't to say a series isn't being developed from these books (I have no information on that), and there's no question it would be a great fit, especially for fans of the Foyle's War series. (For those not yet in the loop, the Maisie Dobbs novels are about a female
Question: I am a huge fan of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre/Mystery! series. One of my favorites is The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Sharon Small is excellent as Barbara Havers, and her chemistry with Nathaniel Parker as Inspector Lynley is one of the best on TV. Series 5, which aired in the U.S. this year (2007), was definitely the best so far, particularly In the Blink of an Eye. It is a sign of good TV when one keeps thinking about a show, and this episode haunted me for days. I was very much looking forward to Series 6, but I've heard rumors that the show has been cancelled by the BBC. It's bad enough that the writers' strike is ongoing and that reality shows are taking over the airwaves. Now this show is gone for good? Say it ain't so!
Answer: My WGBH contact tells me that more Lynley episodes are on their way this summer — what actual season that constitutes, I'm not quite sure — but this will be the last batch. British series have a tendency to produce far fewer episodes than their U.S.
I'm beginning to think the fall season will come as a relief, a break from the congestion of summer's TV glut. Everyone's in the game these days, with a seemingly endless supply of new and returning shows on cable, while the networks keep launching reality concepts in hopes of finding the next breakthrough. (Sorry, CBS, but that Survivor rip-off Pirate Master isn't it.) Each week brings a fresh crop of contenders, so here's a sampling of the latest wave of the summer season, an eclectic mix of drama, reality and documentary. The good news? There's something for nearly everyone.
Hey Paula Thursdays, 10 pm/ET, Bravo The hook: Getting a peek into the celebrity fishbowl of Paula Abdul's hectic life.Was I hooked? Hardly. Celebreality is the emptiest form of guilty pleasure, and this pathetic time-waster is no different. As perky Paula pouts and pr
Question: Perhaps it's too soon, but do you have any idea which new series will be airing on PBS' Mystery! this summer/fall? As one of the few who choose to report on the quality television airing on PBS, you tend to be my source for this information every year. I, for one, hope there are some new Inspector Lynley Mysteries on the horizon! Thanks for your help.
Answer: You're in luck. I checked, and PBS was ready to release the titles for their "Summer of Mystery!" Starting June 3, here's what to look forward to: two new episodes of Jericho (the Robert Lindsay series, not the postapocalyptic thriller on CBS) and four new episodes each of Foyle's War (one of my faves), Miss Marple and, yes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries ...