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marcie

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« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2012, 12:45:17 AM »

Masterpiece Mystery 2012 presents the best British mysteries. See the complete 2012 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY schedule.   

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Inspector Lewis: Indelible Stain
July 29, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
A controversial American academic is found strangled after a guest lecture at Oxford, leading Lewis and Hathaway to narrow down a list of motives that includes politics, ambition and vengeance, in order to find their culprit.
 


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Inspector Lewis: Fearful Symmetry
July 22, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a darker side of Oxford while investigating the murder of a suburban babysitter. Will the babysitter's secret life help the detectives unravel a tangled web of lies and deceit to find their killer?


Inspector Lewis: Generation of Vipers
July 15, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Suspicions abound as Lewis and Hathaway investigate the death of a lovelorn Oxford professor. Was her death caused by an embarrassing Internet leak, or something much more sinister? Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre) guest stars.


Inspector Lewis: The Soul of Genius
July 8, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Botany, rivalry and secrecy collide when Lewis and Hathaway attempt to find the killer of an obsessed professor. Kick off the new season of Inspector Lewis with The Soul of Genius. Celia Imrie (Cranford) co-stars.


Endeavour
July 1, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Before his signature red Jaguar, before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, deductive powers already running in high gear. Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) portrays Endeavour Morse, the low man on the force returning to Oxford with no track record and his future on the line.


ZEN: Encore Episodes (from 2011)

Three 90-minute mysteries — Sundays, June 10, 17 & 24, 2012
 What does an honest cop do when corruption rules on both sides of the law? Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell, Middlemarch), based on the novels by British crime writer Michael Dibdin, brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. Check your local listings to see if the programs are broadcast on your PBS station.


Sherlock Holmes: The Reichenbach Fall
May 20, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
The crime of the century is just a prelude for the unhinged criminal mastermind, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott, Lennon Naked), when he poses the diabolical and inescapable "final problem" to Sherlock.
 


Sherlock Holmes: The Hounds of Baskerville
May 13, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Sherlock and Watson track a gigantic hound to Baskerville, where the military is conducting top-secret experiments. But whether demonic or dubious, something is stalking the moors.


Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Belgravia
May 6, 2012 at 9pm

One 90-minute episode
Picking up from Season 1's gripping cliffhanger, the whip-smart Irene Adler (Lara Pulver, True Blood) takes on Sherlock in a game he is ill-prepared to fight...love. Watch online through 6/5/12


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marcie

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« Reply #41 on: May 13, 2012, 12:45:46 AM »
Don't forget Sherlock Holmes on Sunday night! This episode is The Hounds of the Baskerville.

There is a short video on the "making of" this episode at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/sherlock2_hound_modern.html. It looks like the actor who plays Mycroft wrote the script!!

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« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2012, 06:58:45 AM »
I thought the redo of The Hound of The Baskervilles extremely poorly plotted out.

All of the critics here are writing that 50 Shades of Gray is pure porn.

Babi

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« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2012, 08:46:29 AM »
 The writers did have to reach quite a bit to bring the 'Hound' into modern times. I'm not sure
it entirely worked, but the new Holmes/Watson team continue to delight me.  I like the new
Watson better than the old, but I suppose they are both adapted to their times.
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Phyll

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« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2012, 10:05:39 AM »
I thought it was just plain fun.  You do have to suspend your credulity a bit but then it isn't meant to be reality, is it?  And, of course, British mystery writers do love "red herrings"....the more, the better.  Did you notice that for the first time (I think) they attributed Asperger's to Holmes?  Not sure I really agree with their diagnosis.  But, my only basis for comparison, admittedly, is my grandson and he is diagnosed with "high functioning" Asperger's. 
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Frybabe

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« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2012, 10:47:31 AM »
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Did you notice that for the first time (I think) they attributed Asperger's to Holmes?

No, I missed that Phyll. As a stand alone the production did okay, but in comparison, I much prefer that they didn't stray as far afield as they did. I will be watching it again on Saturday when my station rebroadcasts it.

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« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2012, 01:02:30 PM »
I watched it but now wish I had watched  the Housewives instead.  Doubt I watch Holmes next week.  I have always liked the man who plays Watson in it.

Frybabe

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« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2012, 04:34:09 PM »
Here we go, a new CBS show scheduled for the fall:
 
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“Elementary,” a contemporary Sherlock Holmes series based in New York instead of London with Lucy Liu as Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes

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« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2012, 06:50:13 PM »
Tonight on PBS is a 2 hr special on Johnny Carson.  It comes on a 8 pm here (Texas).  It is also repeated a 3 a.m. Tuesday, Wed, and Fri.  I have DVR'd it to watch later.  It should be good.
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Babi

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« Reply #49 on: May 15, 2012, 08:33:18 AM »
 Lucy Liu as Watson?!!!!  Oh, please, no!  I like Lucy Liu well enough, but NOT as Watson.
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Phyll

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« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2012, 10:10:33 AM »
Lucy Liu!!!  That's ridiculous!

The Johnny Carson special was very interesting.  I actually managed to stay awake clear until the end!  He was a complicated man....as so many of these very public people are.
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« Reply #51 on: May 20, 2012, 01:26:37 PM »
I typed in Judi Dench . BBC movies into my Library the other day.  Got so many DVD they have there with her in.  Watched a good one last night."Notes on a Scandal". was good.
Did not realize that she had been in so many movies.  Think I requested 10 of them.

marcie

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« Reply #52 on: May 20, 2012, 07:42:58 PM »
Wow, JeanneP, that's wonderful you found 10 films with Judi Dench. I don't think you can overdo Judi!!

marcie

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« Reply #53 on: May 20, 2012, 08:43:12 PM »
Don't forget to watch Sherlock Holmes tonight. He matches wits with his nemesis, Moriarity, again!

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« Reply #54 on: May 21, 2012, 04:46:28 AM »
And the actor playing Moriaty is so good, IMHO!

Frybabe

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« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2012, 08:01:29 AM »
I forewent the episode last night to watch the Jesse Stone movie. Sherlock was replayed at 1:30am, but I didn't want to be up all night. I will have to wait now until Saturday to catch the episode. For some reason, Comcast has not put this series in their On Demand this season.

Babi

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« Reply #56 on: May 21, 2012, 08:37:41 AM »
 When we have scheduling conflicts, we simply tape the show we have to miss at it's next
featured time.  On the local schedule, Masterpiece Mystery has a second run about 1:30 on
Monday morning.  That was the one we had to tape for last week's episode.
"I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey."  John Burroughs

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« Reply #57 on: May 21, 2012, 09:06:46 AM »
Ancient VHS not hooked up. No DVR.

marcie

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« Reply #58 on: May 21, 2012, 10:16:02 AM »
I watched THE KILLING instead of PBS last evening but will watch Sherlock On Demand.

Frybabe, on our Comcast, I have found the Sherlock episodes by going to ON DEMAND/LOCAL SHOWS/LOCAL TV/MASTERPIECE.

Frybabe

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« Reply #59 on: May 21, 2012, 05:49:45 PM »
I'll try again Marcie. I didn't see anything in Local, so I tried Nature; PBS was in there, but no Masterpiece. Every once in a while Comcast changes how they list programs so I have to hunt for them. There are one or two stations and programs they used to cover on On Demand but are no longer there, BBC America being one.

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« Reply #60 on: May 22, 2012, 01:25:52 AM »
Frybabe, I think I found BBC America under TV Networks. You're right that they sometimes move things around and it's very difficult to find some programs.

I watched The Reichenbach Fall. Rosemary, the actor who plays Moriarity is very good.  He can really play a psychopath! I thought the episode was good.

Spoiler alert: Apparently there is a clue in the episode to what happens to Holmes that everyone is missing. See the interview with Sherlock Holmes writer Steven Moffat at http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/jan/20/steven-moffat-sherlock-doctor-who

One thing I noticed was that some woman with a watch grabbed Watson's hand as he was reaching for Sherlock's hand (so he couldn't take his pulse?) but that doesn't explain how Sherlock did what he did!

rosemarykaye

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« Reply #61 on: May 22, 2012, 05:28:39 AM »
Marcie - my daughter says she worked it out but she won't tell me! 

Babi

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« Reply #62 on: May 22, 2012, 08:24:21 AM »
 It didn't occur to me that gesture of stopping Watson's hand was significant, MARCIE,
but now that you point it out it very well could be. I had assumed the unknwn person was
just restraining him from attempting impossible aid. Now, I wonder if the woman was the
young scientist that Sherlock visited last. It's going to take a major 'spin doctor' to
convincingly explain how Sherlock survived and made it all the way to 'burial' without
someone shouting 'FRAUD!' again.

  Ah, ROSEMARY, I perceive that your daughter is a tease, albeit a very smart one. 8)
"I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey."  John Burroughs

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« Reply #63 on: May 22, 2012, 09:46:47 AM »
I keep trying to figure it out but don't think I've been successful.  I have read that some think Holmes dressed Moriarty in his black overcoat and pushed him over the edge.  I don't buy that.  Moriarty was already dead from self-inflicted gun shot and the falling figure's legs were moving all the way down.  I'm wondering about the garbage truck that obscures the view of the body briefly?  And the cyclist that knocks Watson down?  Is Watson dazed and semi-conscious and hallucinates the whole thing?  (I hope that isn't it....I hate that sort of easy solution!)   I compliment the writers that they have made it not easy to figure out.  I'm looking forward to the solution next year.

I just read an article that (on purpose, as a joke) called the actor who portrays Holmes, Bandersnatch Cumberbund.   I think that is hilarious!
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« Reply #64 on: May 22, 2012, 07:21:41 PM »
Hmm, the garbage truck, Phyll! That was a good observation.

Ok. Watson was knocked down by the cyclist... so he couldn't see the instant that Holmes apparently hit the ground. Could Holmes have first landed in the garbage truck... which was conveniently driven there at the right moment?

We know that Holmes has a number of people that he calls on to help him. The coroner lady could have rounded them up. All of the "witnesses" could have been Holmes' "people."

That could have been fake blood under Holmes' head.... put there by one of the "witnesses" who so quickly gathered at the scene. We don't know that the body was dead.

Rosemary, how can we MAKE  your daughter tell us!!!  :)

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« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2012, 07:25:27 PM »
LOL, Phyll, re Bandersnatch Cumberbund. His real name is quite unusual in itself!

I had to look it up: "A Bandersnatch is a fictional creature from Lewis Carroll's 1872 novel Through the Looking-Glass and 1874 poem "The Hunting of the Snark". Although neither poem describes the appearance of a Bandersnatch in great detail, in "The Hunting of the Snark" it has a long neck and snapping jaws, and both works describe it as ferocious and extraordinarily fast. "

Frybabe

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« Reply #66 on: May 22, 2012, 08:10:49 PM »
Marcie - I found it! The reason I didn't see a Sherlock before is that they aren't keeping it up very long. So I didn't catch the other listings. I was looking too soon. They didn't list it until today, and it will only be up until 5/26. What a show!

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« Reply #67 on: May 22, 2012, 08:40:04 PM »
Oh, great, Frybabe. I'm so glad you were able to watch it. Yes, they have only been keeping them up a week.

I also have noticed that some programs on various channels sometimes don't get uploaded 24 hours after the broadcast as they are supposed to be.

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« Reply #68 on: May 23, 2012, 06:21:22 PM »
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« Reply #69 on: May 25, 2012, 08:09:43 AM »
Two fake suicides -- HOUSE AND SHERLOCK??

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« Reply #70 on: May 25, 2012, 08:24:52 AM »
 I get the idea House won't be miraculously returning.  I think the show is definitely
over, and Hugh wants to get on with other things.
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« Reply #71 on: May 25, 2012, 10:37:55 AM »
I hadn't thought about that, Kidsal. And both House and Sherlock faked their suicides ostensibly for their friends: House so that he could spend Wilson's last months with him instead of being in prison and Sherlock so that Watson, Mrs. Hudson and Inspector Lestrade would not be killed.

Hugh Laurie is going on a world tour with his jazz band, The Copper Bottoms. See a clip at http://hughlaurieblues.com/

There is a nice interview with House about the series at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2012/05/hugh-laurie-house-end.html




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« Reply #72 on: May 25, 2012, 06:38:39 PM »
Spoiler alert:

A fan has figured out 10 points on how Sherlock is alive at the end of the last episode.

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120117181412AAgPxPU

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« Reply #73 on: May 25, 2012, 06:39:22 PM »
This Sunday my local PBS station is showing the annual National Memorial program.

Babi

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« Reply #74 on: May 26, 2012, 08:31:11 AM »
 By George, I think he's got it!  Excellent reasoning, don't you think, MARCIE?  This
theorist, whoever he is, has considered everything in a manner that would make
Sherlock applaud.   8)
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« Reply #75 on: May 26, 2012, 12:09:06 PM »
An aside - Just noticed that BBC America is showing a marathon of The Tudors today.

Jean

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« Reply #76 on: May 26, 2012, 09:14:33 PM »
Babi, yes, it's very good deducing!

Thanks, Mabel. I missed the first seasons and never caught  up with the Tudors.

Babi

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« Reply #77 on: May 27, 2012, 08:18:05 AM »
 My daughter had the complete set of the Tudors,  on loan from a friend.  She spent hours
watching it.  I watched parts of it, but some things I found a bit too much.  I haven't got the
slightest bit of voyeurism in me.
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« Reply #78 on: May 27, 2012, 04:18:40 PM »
I re-watched Sherlock last night. One of the things the article didn't mention was that just before Sherlock went off the roof, he insisted that John keep his eyes on him. Thus there is another clue that he didn't want John seeing what was going on at ground level.

Can hardly wait until next season.


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« Reply #79 on: May 27, 2012, 08:09:03 PM »
Frybabe, could point about that request from Sherlock!