2014 TV Preview
2014 TV Preview
Here at UK Proxy Server we love everything about the start of a new year - why? Because it means there are a whole bunch of great new shows to tantalise our telly taste buds. Here's just a selection of what TV and Sports is coming your way in 2014.
What: Wolf Hall| Where: BBC2| When: unscheduled
Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance plays Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s ruthless political puppetmaster, in this adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker-winning novel, telling how the Tudor despot rid himself of first wife Catherine of Aragon and married Anne Boleyn.
Back for it's fifth series, many people said this drama had lost its way in 2013 but it has still kept its audience thanks to the brilliance of its cast. What the show needs this year is a major new character, someone to spin new plotlines. But downstairs staff must stay unchanged — how would we cope without Carson the butler and housekeeper Mrs Hughes? We shall see what later this year will bring.
What: The Casual Vacancy| Where: BBC1| When: unscheduled
BBC will bring J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults to life. This tale of a picture-box village riven by hidden enmities is going to be perfect for the small screen. The all-star cast includes Minnie Driver, David Thewlis and of course Helena Bonham Carter.
The hit drama of last year that had the nation at the end of their seats, Chris Chibnall’s tale of a provincial seaside town ripped asunder by lies will be back for a second series. ‘Take nothing for granted!’ he says. Olivia Colman will be back as DS Ellie Miller, and fans are desperate to see the return, so far unconfirmed, of David Tennant as DI Alex Hardy.
What: Happy Valley| Where: BBC1| When: March
A six-part serial by Sally Wainwright, who wrote the hit drama Last Tango In Halifax. Sarah Lancashire, who played a sniff head teacher in Last Tango, stars as police sergeant Catherine Crowther, trying to foil the kidnapping of a businessman’s daughter but haunted by the death of her own child.
What: Troy| Where: C4| When: February
Street magic featuring 24-year-old German conjuror Troy Von Scheibner, who specialises in performing stunts for ordinary members of the public who don’t realise they are being fooled — or filmed. ‘Magicians can come across as weird, dark and mysterious,’ Troy says. ‘I’m a normal human being – people just don’t expect the magic!’
What: Musketeers| Where: BBC1| When: Sundays, 9pm
One of the year’s biggest productions, stretching across ten episodes, this retelling of the classic adventure tale by Alexandre Dumas stars Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, the young swordsman who joins forces with King Louis’s bodyguard in 17th century Paris to foil the evil Cardinal Richelieu — played by new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
What: Hostages| Where: C4| When: Saturdays, 9pm
Tense U.S. drama, with Toni Colletteas the White House medic who is ordered to kill the President on the operating table by extremists who have taken her family hostage.
The BBC will bring you all the action from the RBS 6 Nations, offering comprehensive multi-platform coverage of the entire Championship. Live coverage starts in February 2014 on BBC TV and the BBC Sport website.
In 2014 Sochi will be the first Russian city to host the Winter Olympics. The BBC will bring 200 hours of network TV Coverage to you by presenters Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards but also will bring 650 hours of live action via six HD streams.
What: FIFA World Cup 2014| Where: ITV | When: June
The BBC and ITV have signed a deal with FIFA to broadcast the World Cup Finals in 2014. The agreement with FIFA is for the UK rights to all 64 matches at World Cup 2014 in Brazil with the BBC and ITV showing taking turns to show England games.
The Games will run over 11 days of competition from 24 July to 3 August 2014. It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland. BBC and BBC Sport Website will cover the event.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden and will be presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine. Hazel will join Huw Edwards in the commentary box for both ceremonies.
Once the Games start, the BBC’s base will be in Pacific Quay in Glasgow from where they will broadcast across all major TV and radio networks, online and on BBC Red Button across the 11-day Games.
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