Arthur & George: A Masterpiece Mystery

  Although we tend to think of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 –1930) only in terms of his fabulous creation, Sherlock Holmes, the man actually led a fascinating and full life in addition to writing brilliant detective stories and  ...

The Brink, HBO

      This terrific new ten-part HBO series, part dark comedy, part cautionary tale, explores a geopolitical world crisis through the eyes of three unlikely men, whose streaks of bravery and immaturity may control “the fate  ...

Poldark

Soon Aidan Turner will join other Masterpiece hunks and heroes as the new heartthrob of the PBS set, as the star of the new romantic, rousing, atmospheric historical seven-part drama, “Poldark.” Smoldering Aidan Turner (UK series “Being Human” and  ...

Bessie

      Finally, a film about the life of iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith (1894 – 1937) will air on television. And it stars multi-talented Academy Award nominee Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifah (“Chicago”),  ...

Veep, Season Four

HBO’s award-winning “Veep” has reached new heights of political fun and games in the upcoming fourth season. The fabulous creative team and cast capitalizes on many clever new plot devices and developments when Veep Selina Mayer (brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finds  ...

Grantchester, Season 1, PBS

The U.K.’s newest mystery hit from ITV makes its first U.S. appearance on Masterpiece in six episodes starting January 18. With its winning combination of a delightful and appealing amateur sleuth, Anglican priest Sidney Chambers (James Norton, “Mr. Turner,” “Death  ...

Downton Abbey, Season 5, PBS

An extremely entertaining Season 5 of “Downton Abbey” continues the spellbinding costume drama created and written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. This season’s focus is the modernity of the mid-1920s. It is a time of expanding opportunities for the Crawleys  ...

Best of 2014: TV

Has the recent TV renaissance peaked? Probably not, given some of 2014’s strong debuts and continuing favorites. And while the big screen actually impressed me a bit more than the small one this year, the general quality of the best  ...

The Rise of ISIS, PBS Frontline

Sometimes a good documentary merely confirms what is generally feared to be true. But as any government official (or journalist) will acknowledge, confirmation is not an easy task. Layers of nuance and obfuscation have to be scrubbed away before the  ...

Death Comes to Pemberley, PBS

The Jane Austen spin-off industry has a strong contender in this opulent and engrossing adaption of “Death Comes to Pemberley,” based on the 2011 novel by P.D. James, the award-winning British mystery writer. The story imagines the lives of the  ...