The Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Watchlist: Coming Back Next Season!

Oh thank God.

Rather than focusing this week on one upcoming project, I’m thinking it’s time for me to tackle this news of the announcements of two shows returning soon and put a few minds (much like mine) at ease.

According to BBC News, fans of two major mystery series will be able to start breathing again in 2011 — because they’re making my “stupid unresolved cliffhanger” tag obsolete, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

First up, the most recent and relevant to the blog, this season’s “Luther,” featuring Idris Elba of “The Wire” as the now-fan-favorite detective struggling to resolve his job and his married life after severe psychological trauma.  Viewers like yours truly found themselves screaming at the television as the credits rolled and we realized there was no way in hell the blip-length scenes scattered throughout were going to resolve the scrape certain characters found themselves in.  Fortunately, the Beeb have announced that two one-hour specials are about to go into production, hopefully with the intention of taking care of what is far beyond being a loose end.  Is it just to test the waters for a new full-length series, or will the show be wrapped satisfactorily?  After that series finale, either suits me.

Speaking of wicked cliffhangers — to quote a friend, Steven Moffat “appears to have forgotten to deliver the fourth episode of ‘Sherlock’ to the BBC.”  The Moff is at once brilliant and cruel, but he is not wholly without mercy.  The modern remake of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes will be returning for three more episodes in autumn 2011 with “baffling new puzzles, old friends and new enemies.”  More than a year to go, but certainly worth the wait.

“Sherlock” and “Luther” will be returning to BBC One next year.  At least there is some justice in the world.

  • Michael O’Brien

    One of the most trying things about watching excellent British television is that they have a very truncated idea of how long a ‘season’ is.

    It’s worth the wait though, and makes buying the DVDs easier.