Kingdom

UKTV – Saturdays from 27 November, 6pm

This six part drama follows the fortunes of Peter Kingdom, an affable country solicitor in the picturesque Norfolk town of Market Shipborough. In this series, Peter has found a new lease of life for himself, free from the shackles of his wayward brother who now rests in peace. The flood has long retreated and everybody is finally able to get on with their lives. And life is never dull for Peter who, along with his business partner Lyle, seeks to resolve the legal issues the locals bring to them from trying to help an Iraq war victim’s bid for compensation to encountering animal liberationists at work.

Starring: Stephen Fry (Qi, Last Chance to See), Hermione Norris (Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Cold Feet), Karl Davies (Dead Clever, a Very British Sex Scandal, Emmerdale), Celia Imrie (After You’ve Gone, The Commander, Calendar

Girls) and Phyllida Law (Miss Austen Regrets, Foyle’s War, The Waiting Room).

UKTV – Saturdays from 16 October, 6pm

Stephen Fry is left holding the baby in the next series of Kingdom.

Stephen plays affable country solicitor Peter Kingdom, whose compassion and humility have won him huge respect in the small Norfolk town of Market Shipborough. At the end of the first series, Peter was told he was to be an uncle by a woman who arrived out of the blue. Peter then finds himself having to learn all about feeding times and changing nappies when baby Daniel (the son of Peter’s missing brother Simon), moves in. He happily takes on the role of godfather and is the perfect parent. Lyle’s legal career is flourishing and he has made a new departure into local, and global, green issues – changing light bulbs with vigour and directing good recycling practice in the Kingdom office.

Beatrice is causing raised eyebrows at the local Women’s Institute and seems to be moodier than her usual whimsical self. Mr Snell is slightly more presentable than when we last saw him, and is beginning to show his gentlemanly side in a burgeoning courtship with Gloria. This simple existence is, however, swiftly thrown into disarray with the whirlwind reappearance of Simon Kingdom at the end of episode one…

Starring: Stephen Fry (QI, Wilde), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones, Calendar Girls, After You’ve Gone), Hermione Norris (Spooks, Wire in the Blood, Cold Feet) and Karl Davies (Dead Clever, Dolphins, Emmerdale).

TORCHWOOD, Series 2

UKTV – Saturdays from 16 October, 8.30pm

If it’s alien, it’s ours.

Bigger and bolder than before, Russell T Davies’ hit drama series returns for thirteen new adventures with Captain Jack and his alien-fighting team. With fearsome new aliens, compelling new storylines, and amazing guest stars the second series will take the close-knit Torchwood team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache… and a life changing event for one member of the team.

Set in Cardiff, the high-octane new episodes take Torchwood on journeys to the 51st Century and World War I. The team battle a rogue Time Agent, investigate alien sleeper cells, save a stranded creature from horrific abuse, and come face to face with an entity that may well be Death itself. Captain Jack will have his work cut out as the stakes get higher and his team are stretched further than ever before.

Following Episode 1 is the Torchwood: Declassified special. We go behind the scenes of this thrilling series and talk exclusively to stars of the show John Barrowman and James Marsters, plus creator Russell T Davies.

Starring: John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Titans, Central Park West), Eve Myles (Coldtiz, Belonging, These Foolish Things, Doctor Who), Burn Gorman (Bleak House, Low Winter Sun, The Best Man), Naoko Mori (Absolutely Fabulous, Hiroshima), Gareth David Lloyd (Absolute Power, The Bill).

Guest Stars: Freema Ageyman (Doctor Who), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville) Richard Briers (Monarch of the Glen, The Good Life) Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, The OC).

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Kingdom

UKTV – Saturdays from 4 September, 6pm

Stephen Fry plays Peter Kingdom, a compassionate solicitor whose life is overshadowed by the mysterious death of his brother. The series follows Peter’s life as he takes on responsibility for everyone’s welfare.

Set in the picture postcard town of Market Shipborough, a beautiful Norfolk town bordering the fens and the sea, the six-part drama focuses on Kingdom’s dysfunctional family, the people he works with and the town’s residents.

In the centre of the town, overlooking the market square, stands an impressive Georgian building with a brass plaque on its door – ‘Kingdom and Kingdom. Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths’. This is the home and workplace of local solicitor Peter Kingdom. Intelligent, patient and hard-working, he is a figure of strength and goodwill in the local community.

At Kingdom and Kingdom we meet Gloria, his loyal and sensible receptionist, Lyle, his young and confident clerk, Milly, his dog, Beatrice his troubled and lustful younger sister and a flow of colourful and often eccentric people who walk through the doors in search of legal advice.

Peter Kingdom is at the centre of this story. As he drives around in his beloved Alvis, investigating case after case, we see the town through his eyes, we meet people who turn to him for help; we are intrigued and often amused. But underneath all of the noise and clatter of clients, locals and his nutty sister Beatrice, there is one quietly lingering mystery and a secret sadness endured by this popular lawyer.

Without warning, six months ago, Peter’s half-brother and partner Simon left his clothes on the beach and disappeared into the sea. His body has not been found and it will be seven years until he can be officially declared dead. Peter puts on a brave face in his day to day work, but he is deeply troubled by his brother’s

disappearance . As he gathers information Simon’s story only becomes more complicated. Night after night he visits the beach where Simon died, stares out across the endless sea, and wonders what went wrong.

Starring: Stephen Fry (QI), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones, Calendar Girls, After You’ve Gone), Phyllida Law (Pinochet in Suburbia, Waking the Dead), and Tony Slattery (English Harem, The Crying Game).


Starts Saturday 21 July 8.30pm, on

The brand new Kingdom series sees the return of Stephen Fry in his first ITV drama series since Jeeves and Wooster, ten years ago, as a country solicitor with the human touch.

Stephen Fry plays Peter Kingdom, a compassionate solicitor whose life is overshadowed by the mysterious death of his brother. The series follows Peter’s Life as he takes on responsibility for everyone’s welfare.

Set in Market Shipborough, in the beauty of the Norfolk landscape the six-part drama focuses on Kingdom’s dysfunctional family, the people he works with and the town’s residents.