Expedition Unknown S01E01 Amelia Earhart

The show is vintage Josh Gates. If you liked Destination Truth, you should like Expedition Unknown.

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

I’ve always wanted the excuse to read the Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell story and, now, I can catch the tale on TV. The BBC has adapted the book into a mini-series to play sometime in 2015. The story are set in the nineteenth Century with a man, Mr Norrell, who uses magic to benefit the government in it’s battle against Napoleon.

If you want a head-start on the series check out —

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.

Ripper Street cut

I was saddened to learn that Ripper Street has been cancelled.

Period crime drama Ripper Street has been axed by the BBC after it failed to pull in a big enough audience.

The occasionally grisly Victorian-era show will end when the second series winds up in just under a fortnight on BBC One.

I can’t help but think that the show could have made it given more time.

source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/bbc-axes-ripper-street-over-2883556

Sherlock Holmes -The Illustrious Client

A change of pace for the Holmes fan as Sherlock is tasked to stop a forthcoming marriage. How can Holmes persuade  a woman that her fiance is a philanderer and womanizer?

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The Duchess of Wiltshire’s Diamonds

The Rivals of Sherlock Homes – The Duchess of Wiltshire’s Diamonds

Detectives who were literary contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Buy the complete set @ Amazon: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set 1

Ripper Street

ripper doctorIf you love Victorian-era drama that is on the darker side, I think that you will appreciate a show titled “Ripper Street.” The series is set in 1889 shortly after the last Jack the Ripper murder.

Each episode is a stand-alone crime drama starring Matthew Macfadyen (Detective Inspector Edmund Reid), Jerome Flynn (Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake) and Adam Rothenberg (American surgeon and former Pinkerton agent Captain Homer Jackson). The series is a bit dark and includes scenes of violence and nudity as opposed to something along the lines of a Murdoch Mysteries. Ripper Street is more like Copper. The series has eight episodes with a second season of eight episodes due in 2014.

Murdoch Mysteries season 3

I have finished season 3 of the Murdoch Mysteries. I have loved every minute of these Victorian and occasionally steampunk mysteries. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it centers around a 1890s era Toronto detective William Murdoch. The cast includes Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, Hélène Joy as Doctor Julia Ogden, Thomas Craig as Inspector Brackenreid, and Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree.

This season:

  • “The Murdoch Identity” Murdoch, amnesia, and an assassination plot
  • “The Great Wall”
  • “Victor, Victorian” One of my favorite episodes on so many levels
  • “Me, Myself and Murdoch”
  • “This One Goes to Eleven”
  • “Blood and Circuses”
  • “Future Imperfect”
  • “Love and Human Remains”
  • “The Curse of Beaton Manor”
  • “Hangman”
  • “In the Altogether”
  • “The Tesla Effect” Microwave gun how steampunk is that?

One thing puzzled me… Doctor Julia Ogden refused Murdoch’s advances insisting on a condom (The Green Muse). However; this season, the good Doctor said that she couldn’t have children?

Hands down my favorite episode was “Victor, Victorian”. Of course, I love the glimpse into the Victorian era Masons. Although, I imagine that the robes were a means to disguise the stars for some shock value and not Masonic. Maybe the Brothers up North will clue me in…

Awesome series, I urge the steampunkers and the Neo-victorians to check it out.

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