PBS Promos

The Bletchley Circle Premieres April 21 on PBS!

Critically acclaimed mystery series The Bletchley Circle is making its way to PBS stations around the country (ours included!) starting Sunday, April 21. The three-part series follows the lives of several women who were code-breakers at decryption facility Bletchley Park during World War II. The four returned to civilian life following the war, but are reunited when a string of ghastly murders baffles the police and presents the ladies with a different sort of deadly pattern to solve.

The drama stars South Riding’s Anna Maxwell Martin alongside Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and SurvivorsJulie Graham (though I expect a lot of you will really recognize her from her guest appearance on Doc Martin).

Sound interesting? Watch the PBS preview for the new series below – which shows you a bit more about what the series is like.

The First PBS Trailer for Call the Midwife Series 2 is Here!

The highly anticipated second series of hit period drama Call the Midwife will premiere in the US on March 31. (Our lucky friends across the pond are currently watching Series 2 as we speak and we are all very jealous of them, obviously.)

Happily, however, we’ve only got to wait a couple more weeks before we can return to Nonnatus House, and here’s your first look at the new season from PBS. Granted, this clip doesn’t show us very much in the way of storylines for the new season, but it’s still lovely to see some new footage, no matter how innocuous it may be.

Call the Midwife Set to Return to America for Christmas, Series 2 Premieres in the Spring

Santa is bringing a present a bit early to everyone that loves hit series Call the Midwife! It’s official: the period drama will be back on American televisions much sooner than almost anyone could have imagined, with a special Christmas installment premiering at the end of December and the highly anticipated second series set to bow in the Spring.

The 75-minute Call the Midwife holiday episode is scheduled to air on Christmas Day in the UK and will premiere here in America on Sunday, December 30. This is extremely exciting news, as this means we’ll all only have to avoid reviews and spoilers (and Twitter and Facebook and the internet generally) for a few days before we can see it for ourselves. Huzzah!

In the Christmas special, newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant and Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. It looks like another wonderful installment of a series that somehow manages to to exude genuine charm and heart rather than gross sentimentalism (not always a given when dealing with this sort of subject matter).

Furthermore, viewers can look forward to seeing even more of the women of Nonnatus House this Spring, as Series 2 of Call the Midwife will bow at 8pm on Sunday, March 31, just before the Masterpiece premiere of Mr. Selfridge starring Entourage’s Jeremy Piven. (So, there’s yet another bit of quality drama to look forward to in the coming months!) The second series will feature eight episodes (up from Series 1’s six) and the lag time between UK and US transmission is much, much shorter this time around. A positive trend? Let us hope so! More information about Series 2 should start surfacing over the next few weeks as UK promotion gets under way. Check out the first PBS promo for the holiday special below and let us know what you think!

 

Downton Abbey Behind-the-Scenes Special Coming This November

For everyone who’s marking off days on a countdown calendar until Downton Abbey Series 3 arrives Stateside on January 6, there is a little bright spot coming up over Thanksgiving weekend to give you a bit of a Crawley fix while we wait. (Our countdown stands at 53 days, just in case you were keeping track.)

PBS stations nationwide are set to air Downton Abbey Revisited, a behind-the scenes preview special that will refresh everyone’s memory about the events of the series’ first two seasons, as well as offer some hints at what’s to come for all our favorite characters in the new episodes.

Hosted by Angela Lansbury, the 90-minute special will premiere on November 25. It will feature clips recapping all the major plot points from the first two seasons – but, let’s be honest, us loyal Downtonistas already know all that stuff (hands up if you can recite most episodes?). Don’t worry, there will be goodies includedfor us too, such as behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creator Julian Fellowes and his Emmy-nominated cast and, most importantly, a few new clips and tidbits about the twists and turns waiting for us all in Series 3.

Click through and watch the promo for this special clip show - and let us know what potential Series 3 storylines you're most interested in finding out more about!

Upstairs Downstairs Series 2 Premieres on Masterpiece Tonight!

We’re heading back to Eaton Place as the second season of the BBC’s continuation of beloved series Upstairs Downstairs arrives in America at last on Masterpiece Classic tonight.

Series 2 comprises six episodes, doubling the size of Series 1 and leaving plenty of room to pack in a lot of romance, political intrigue and social upheaval for residents both the upstairs and down in the year leading up to World War I. Per the official series description, Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam’s family is now complete with the addition of two small children, but Sir Hallam is drawn into dangerous waters by his preoccupation with the threat of Nazi Germany and the return of troubled Lady Persie. Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American multi-millionaire Casper Landry, and Sir Hallam’s aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead. Meanwhile, life downstairs adjusts to the absence of Rose and the addition of the spirited new nursery maid, Beryl. With upstairs and downstairs harboring life-changing secrets, and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come to a halt. Dun dun dunnnnn. Click through for a preview of Series 2 of Upstairs Downstairs - are you looking forward to another season of this show?

Hit British Drama Call the Midwife Premieres This Sunday!

The BBC’s highest rated new drama series is coming to America this weekend – Call the Midwife premieres on Sunday, September 30!

Call the Midwife is set in the East End of London in the 1950s and tells the story of young Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), a newly qualified midwife who begins work at a nursing convent, Nonnatus House. The plot follows the stories of Jenny and her fellow midwives as they care for expectant mothers in the economically-deprived neighborhoods of London’s East End. It’s a very sweet and moving story about class and poverty and love and community and I think that almost everyone is really going to enjoy it. To be fair, the series can occasionally get a bit saccharine given the subject matter, but is generally excellent and a wonderful way to spend an hour on Sundays for the next six weeks.

Click through to preview this new drama for yourself, watch a couple of clips and take a look behind-the-scenes to see how much detail has gone into in recreating the atmosphere of 1950s London.

Extended Trailer For Downton Abbey Shows Us Some New Faces in Series 3

Finally, we get a bit of a longer look at Series 3 of Downton Abbey! Masterpiece has released a full trailer for the new season and despite its smaller-than-we’d-all-like size (it clocks in at a bit over a minute), it’s packed full of interesting tidbits about the continuing saga of the Crawley clan and everyone connected to them.

There are multiple zingers from Dame Maggie Smith, a few more seconds of the arrival of Shirley MacLaine’s Martha, a surprisingly hopeful moment for Edith, a look at Matt Milne as new footman Alfred, and a sweet scene between Anna and Bates. Unexpectedly, there’s basically no footage featuring Matthew and Mary – Dan Stevens has a blink and you’ll miss it line in an early snippet, but there’s no sign of Michelle Dockery at all. Wonder what that might mean for our favorite on-again/off-again couple? (I seriously don’t think I can take them having more problems. Just saying.)

Click through to take a look for yourself and leave your predictions for the new season in the comments (get them in before everyone from the UK starts trying to spoil us silly in a week or so!)

Another New Downton Abbey Clip Arrives: Watch the Dowager and Martha Face Off

It seems pretty clear that while everyone ever is eagerly (rabidly? fanatically? intensely?) anticipating the return of Downton Abbey, what we all most want to see in Series 3 is Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess throw down with newcomer Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine. As Cora’s American mother, Martha will obviously be bringing a new sensibility into the stoic English estate, and seems certain to clash quite frequently with the more traditionalist Violet.

Luckily, we can get another taste of what's in store for us in Series 3 now - Masterpiece has released another new clip from the new season, and it's basically made to satisfy our need to see as much of Dame Maggie vs. Shirley as we can possibly get.

Click through for another sneak peek at the new season for yourself and let us hear your thoughts in the comments. Just 133 days to go! (Sigh. Yet another reason I wish I lived in the UK!)

Get a Look at Call the Midwife with the Series’ First PBS Preview

Hit British drama Call the Midwife is coming to PBS stations this Fall starting September 30th. The series scored as BBC One’s highest-rated new drama since 2001 when it aired in the UK earlier this year.

Call the Midwife is set in the East End of London in the 1950s and tells the story of young Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), a newly qualified midwife who begins work at a nursing convent, Nonnatus House. The plot follows the stories of Jenny and her fellow midwives as they navigate the crowded East End streets teeming with children, workers and a culture remarkably different from the wealth English countryside in which she was raised. It’s a sweet and generally moving story about poverty and class and love and community, and I’ve a feeling that everyone’s going to love it once it airs here.

So, click through for a look at the first PBS trailer for the show, which gives you a good feel for its tone and cast of characters.

Sherlock Series 2 is Almost Here – So Watch Another New Masterpiece Promo!

FYI, the Friday News Roundup will return next week with a special double edition. With all this WETA UK excitement around here, it’s…possible that I am completely the tiniest bit behind on my news reading. Thanks for understanding, folks!

We’re just 16 days away from the Series 2 premiere of Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery! That's like two weeks! Practically nothing! (You can all expect the use of exclamation points and all caps around here to increase in direct proportion to how close we are to these epiosodes airing. You have been warned.)

Anyone want to see another new promo for the upcoming (amazing) episodes? Obviously. So, click through and have a look at the second official Masterpiece trailer, just released last week.

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