Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TV Shows - win some (Foyle's War), lose some (Wire in the Blood)

A press release from ITV has good news and bad news. Wire in the Blood is out but Foyle's War is in, plus details of more Poirot (including Murder on the Orient Express) and Marple. From The Stage:

ITV has commissioned a new series of Doc Martin and three more episodes of Foyle’s War.

The broadcaster’s decision to recommission the dramas follows the news that another long-running favourite, Wire in the Blood, has been axed, and that doubt hangs over the future of popular series Heartbeat.

In its announcement today, ITV said Foyle’s War, created by Anthony Horowitz and starring Michael Kitchen, will return with three new episodes, while Martin Clunes will reprise his role as Doc Martin in a new eight-part series to be filmed in Cornwall.

Elsewhere, ITV director of drama Laura Mackie has also commissioned eight new Agatha Christie films, including Murder on the Orient Express. This will star David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, and will run alongside three other Poirot dramas.

At the same time, Julia McKenzie - who later this year will make her first appearance as Jane Marple - will begin production on four new Marple films.


Mack said...

Hurray for more Foyle's War.

I've never seen Wire in the Blood but I just checked and found that our public library has it on DVD so after I finish The Wire I'll take a look.

Speaking of TV shows, are you interested in the Red Riding trilogy that will appear on Channel 4? I am really curious how they pull it off.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen Wire in the Blood but I have the DVDs waiting! Also read the books of course. Foyle's War - got and have actually watched the first two series of this - mistakenly thought it would be a good family viewing DVD - daughters not in the least interested. Me and "Prof Petrona" quite liked them, but not quite enough to get any more....
Interesting that there was quite a fuss when Foyle's War was cancelled, now it seems it is revived. So one might assume the same is in store for Wire in the Blood, if enough viewers make their voices heard?

Dorte H said...

I like "Wire in the Blood". I don´t like the idea of new Miss Marples, however. Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right! Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple. Nobody even comes close.