BBC One‘s adaptation of Susanna Clark‘s best seller Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will be airing across the pond the May. It’s sure to make its way to the States quickly, either through BBC America or the back channels of the Internet. Take a look at the trailer below, you’ll recognize quite a few of the players involved beginning with the two leads Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan. (more…)


If you were dreaming of some quality Brit TV this Christmas, it seems that BBC One has answered your wish. The network has announced that the new season of Sherlock will premiere on New Year’s Day with the first episode of the three-episode third season. That’s the good news. The bad news, at least it’s bad for American viewers, is that you’ll have to wait till January 19th. (more…)


A live broadcast hosted by Zoe Ball this Sunday will reveal the actor who will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Gallifreyan Time Lord known across space and time as simply, The Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat and 11th Doctor Matt Smith will be joining Ball on the special–along with whomever’s going to be playing the new Doctor.

The announcement is scheduled to air at 7pm, Sunday August 4th in the UK… and 11am PDT and 2pm EDT in the States.

The remarkably secretive casting process was done under the code name of Whodini, and apparently even the crew and other staff working with the soon-to-be 12th Doctor didn’t know what was going on.

Currently, an episode of Celebrity Mastermind is scheduled for that particular time slot on BBC One–most likely this will be preempted.

Furthermore, MSN UK just released this tweet regarding the announcement:

Don’t read too much into this, though–it’s believed that this message refers to the same announcement we’re talking about, and the official reveal of Twelve’s identity will be saved for Sunday.

Source: Bleeding Cool

It looks like the final spell has been cast on the set of BBC One‘s Merlin. BBC One announced the show will end with a two part finale this Christmas after five seasons. Fans were teased last Comic Con 2012 with the hopes of a sixth season and a series of movies by the co-creator and executive producer Johnny Capps, but alas it was not to be.

There’s talk about a spin-off of the show, but there’s no concrete talk about what the show would be about and what characters would be involved, other than the spin-off being set in the world co-creators and exec producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy brought to life. Both of whom WILL NOT be involved as they are leaving Shine TV, where Merlin is produced, to set up their own production company.

BBC One posted a press release which included a nice farewell to the show and included the thoughts of many of the shows principle creative and acting talent.

Co-Creators and Executive Producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy:

This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot. We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, the BBC, FME and all of our partners globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last five series. But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin’s remarkable and loyal audience around the world for their enthusiasm for the characters and Camelot universe.

Colin Morgan, who played Merlin:

From the beginning this was always going to be a five year journey that we embarked on and I think the show has run its natural course. The show has grown and grown each year and now we’ve arrived at its strongest point and we’ve achieved what we set out to do… I know this is the end, and I know this is goodbye, but thank you for being there on the journey with us because it has been a lot of fun!

Bradley James who played King Arthur:

The Merlin years have provided me with fond memories, great experiences and beloved friends and all the while we were supported by a devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honour of being King Arthur so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives, has been humbling.

Katie McGrath who played Morgana:

I have always said the success of the show has stemmed from our audience being able to relate to the characters on different levels – being based on the universally loved Arthurian legend is only a tiny part of its success – it’s a story about acceptance and growing up. The breathtaking finale of this series leaves you with no doubt that characters have been on their journeys and had their stories told – it’s completely the right time to draw our telling of the story to a close.

Angel Coulby who played Guinevere:

It has been a very special and memorable five years making Merlin. I feel extremely proud to have been part of such a brilliant show and such a great team. I think we’ve told the story we set out to tell, which ends with the fantastic two part finale by the way! I believe the key to any successful show is making sure you leave people wanting more!

Richard Wilson who played Gaius:

Firstly I would like to say that I’m extremely sad that Merlin has come to an end. Speaking as Gaius, I feel I have mentored the young wizard as far as I can – he is much smarter and greater than me now and I am simply exhausted!

BBC One Controller Danny Cohen:

Merlin’s mix of magic, adventure and humour quickly became a hit with BBC One audiences and has continued to thrill families over the last five years on Saturday nights. I admire the creators’ decision to end Merlin on a high, but also know that we will miss it in the BBC One schedule. On behalf of BBC One I would like to thank Shine and all those involved in the making of the show both on and off screen. I hope fans will tune in over the coming weeks to see the spectacularly dramatic final episodes, and we have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013.

Via: BBC One & Bleedingcool

Word is out that BBC America has joined the production team of BBC One‘s The Musketeers.

The 10-episode action drama inspired by Alexandre Dumas‘ classic novel, will be written by Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn, Survivors, Primeval). This Nerdbastard really enjoyed the BBC Survivors series and wished it could have at least been completed to a satisfying end.

BBC America GM Perry Simon said the series is a:

“Fresh and contemporary take on the beloved story and characters, the series bristles with vivid escapism and heroic action adventure.”

With shows like Sherlock, Merlin, and Robin Hood it is a good bet that the series will do well with BBC America viewers. There are sure to be some tweaks in the stories and characters.

What do you think, will you be tuning in when the show hits the air in 2013?

A few days ago we here at Nerd Bastards showed off the first promotional image for the second half of Doctor Who series 6. Now the BBC has released a new trailer to show off snippets of episodes 8-13.

“The second half of the series begins with Let’s Kill Hitler, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Richard Senior. And judging from the snippets we’ve seen so far, future adventures will feature Cybermen, the Silence plus the return of River, looking a little different…”

Season 6.2 will air on BBC America August 27 .

Via: Geek Tyrant

We have less then four weeks until the second half of Doctor Who series 6 hits the airwaves, but the first promotional picture has hit the who-niverse. It does turn into a bit of a mindfuck though, with not one, not two but 3 Ponds in one shot. Somebody pinch me.

From left to right we have a Silent, Rory, a Pond, The Doctor, a Pond  and… another Pond? Knowing how smart (and crazy) some Doctor Who fans can be someone will more then likely figure out why this shot takes place in a desert with lightening and a pyramid.

Check out the full size shot after the jump