‘Little Bird,’ Season Two of ‘Hotel Portofino’ Headed to PBS Platforms in October

The series premiere of “Little Bird” and season two of “Hotel Portofino” are headed to PBS platforms, including the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel, in October.

Inspired by true events, “Little Bird,” premiering Oct. 12, follows the story of Indigenous woman Bezhig Little Bird on a journey to find her birth family and uncover the hidden truth of her past. It stars Lisa Edelstein and Darla Cointois.

Set in the beautiful Italian seaside town of Portofino, season two of “Hotel Portofino,” debuting Oct. 15, begins in the summer of 1927. The Hotel Portofino has overcome its early troubles and is starting to prosper. Bella must decide whether to accept her no-good husband Cecil back into her life in the face of her growing friendship with a handsome architect. The series stars Natascha McElhone, Mark Umbers, Oliver Dench and Louisa Binder.

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‘Tom Jones’ Among Titles Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April

“Tom Jones,” a new adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel, headlines the upcoming releases on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April.

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Four episodes of the “Masterpiece” dramedy “Tom Jones” start streaming April 30. In the series, Solly McLeod (“House of the Dragon”) stars as the handsome, resourceful title character, with Sophie Wilde (“You Don’t Know Me”) as the beautiful and bright, seemingly unattainable love of his life Sophia Western. He is a foundling of uncertain parentage, while she is an heiress. In 18th-century England, their class differences make their journey to find each other complicated and treacherous. Emmy-winning actress Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”) plays the seductive and vengeful Lady Bellaston, who comes between Tom and Sophia. 

Season two of the crime drama “Before We Die” begins streaming April 10. Lesley Sharp (“Scott & Bailey,” “Three Girls”) returns to head up the cast as Detective Hannah Laing, who joins forces with maverick detective Billy Murdoch, played by Vincent Regan (Troy, 300) in a desperate bid to protect her son Christian, played by Patrick Gibson (“The OA,” Guerrilla). The second installment of the series will not follow the same storyline of the original Swedish series, which the first season is based on, but will see Hannah pitched directly against Dubravka, played by Kazia Pelka (“World’s End,” “Casualty”), the matriarch at the head of the Mimica Croatian crime family.

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Twelve episodes in season two of the “Walter Presents” Italian crime dramedy series “Mafia Only Kills in Summer” start streaming April 14. The second season picks up when the Giammarresis decide not to flee and to instead return home, risking the possibility of mafia retaliation. The secret that Pia has concealed will begin to eat away at her and at her marriage; the reluctant mafioso, Massimo, would like to leave the Cosa Nostra; and the situation for the Giammarresi family becomes more complicated with each passing day. It is the time of the high-profile mafia killings, and the specter of an incredibly violent mafia war hangs over the Sicilian capital. While this bloody cowl enshrouds the city, the Giammarresi family must find the strength to stay united and survive.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April include season two of “Walter Presents: The Silence of Water,” due April 7; “Walter Presents: Transfer,” due April 28; “Walter Presents: Carmen Curler,” due April 28; and “Walter Presents: Malaka,” available April 28.

Season Three of ‘Sandition’ Streaming on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Starting March 19

The third and final season of “Sanditon,” the series based on the last unfinished novel from author Jane Austen, starts streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel March 19.

“Sanditon” wraps up with six final episodes, with the series finale landing on the channel April 23.

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“Sanditon” seasons one and two are currently streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel. Set amid the romantic intrigues of an English seaside resort in the early 1800s, the first two seasons of “Masterpiece” series, true to themes from other Austen novels, raised and dashed various matrimonial prospects for the heroines, played by Rose Williams (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) and Crystal Clarke (Empire of Light).

Williams appears as Charlotte Heywood, a young woman from the country whom fate has thrust into the social scene in Sanditon, which is vying to become the go-to spa for fashionable aristocrats and gentry. Although her father intends her to marry local farmer Ralph Starling (Cai Brigden, “Summer of Rockets”), Charlotte has attracted the attention of some of Sanditon’s most eligible bachelors — among them the enigmatic Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, “The Crown”), a landowner with a mysterious past.

Clarke’s character, Georgiana Lambe, faces an entirely different problem. A mixed-race heiress from the West Indies, she can’t trust any of her suitors, because in all probability they are only interested in her fortune. The two women bond over these courtship dilemmas as well as their resolve to forge their own destinies.

The returning cast includes Flora Mitchell as Colbourne’s tomboyish young daughter Leonora and Eloise Webb (“The Queen’s Gambit”) as his rebellious niece Augusta, who falls for a questionable admirer. Kris Marshall (“Death in Paradise”) reprises his role as Sanditon’s tireless promoter Tom Parker, joined by Kate Ashfield (“A Confession”) as his principled wife Mary and Turlough Convery (Les Misérables) as his ebullient brother Arthur.

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Also back are Anne Reid (“Last Tango in Halifax”) as the imperious Lady Denham, Jack Fox (“Cheaters”) as her dissolute nephew Edward, and Sophie Winkleman (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) as Charlotte’s high-society friend Lady Susan, who happens to be the king’s mistress.

Romantic possibilities this season are enhanced by new cast members, including Emma Fielding as the financially distressed Lady Montrose, who arrives in Sanditon to snare matches for her grown children: Lydia (Alice Orr-Ewing, The Theory of Everything), who is an independent-minded young woman; and Lord Henry Montrose (Edward Davis, Emma), a duke whose title alone is an attractive selling point, if he is perhaps less suitable in other ways. James Bolam (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) plays Rowleigh Pryce, a crusty investor whom Tom Parker is courting to bankroll a new hotel in Sanditon, subject to Landy Denham’s approval, of course. It turns out that Pryce and Lady Denham share a very interesting past.

And there is Liam Garrigan (“The Pillars of the Earth”), who appears as Alexander Colbourne’s brother Samuel, a London attorney whose legal help is crucial as the plot approaches its climax. An eligible bachelor himself, Samuel gets caught up in the Sanditon marriage market.

Crime Thriller Series ‘DI Ray’ Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Feb. 20

The crime thriller series “DI Ray,” executive produced by Jed Mercurio (“Line of Duty”) and starring Parminder Nagra (“The Blacklist,” Bend it Like Beckham), will start streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Feb. 20.

The four-part series, set in Birmingham, England, will also premiere on the PBS app for viewers with PBS Passport, an added member benefit that provides extended access to a digital, on-demand library of PBS programs.

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The series introduces viewers to Leicester-born Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage. Rachita receives the promotion she’s been waiting for when she’s asked to join a homicide investigation. However, on her first day she’s told the murder to which she’s been assigned is a “culturally specific homicide.” Rachita’s heart sinks as she suspects she’s a “token appointment,” chosen for her ethnicity rather than her ability. Still, Rachita sticks to the case, determined to both find the killer and call out the obvious biases her colleagues are bringing to the investigation. It’s far from easy as the case isn’t a run-of-the-mill murder; it involves delving deep into the dangerous world of organized crime. Rachita didn’t count what the case stirs up inside her; the realization that she’s been burying a personal identity crisis her whole life.

The series also stars Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones”) as her boss DCI Kerry Henderson; Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”) as DI Martyn Hunter, who is also Ray’s fiancé; and Maanuv Thiara (“Landscapers”) as PS Tony Khatri, Rachita’s partner.

Season Three of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Streams Jan. 8 on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

The third season of Masterpiece’s “All Creatures Great and Small” will begin streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Jan. 8.

The series is based on the best-selling memoirs by veterinarian James Herriot. Nicholas Ralph stars as the young James Herriot who, in season three, is struggling to balance his growing responsibilities at the veterinary practice with his responsibilities as the newly wedded husband to Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton). Helen, herself, faces difficulties letting go of her old life on the family farm with her father and sister and finding her new place within the walls of Skeldale House.

Callum Woodhouse returns as Tristan Farnon who has at last passed his exams and must now face the world as a qualified vet, while Anna Madeley returns as motherly housekeeper Mrs. Hall who is beginning to open herself up to a future outside of her duties managing the household.

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As war with Germany looms on the horizon, Siegfried Farnon, the irrepressible but unpredictable proprietor of Skeldale House, played by Samuel West, contends with painful memories of his own experiences during the First World War, when he served in combat with the Army Veterinary Corps. And Patricia Hodge is back as Mrs. Pumphrey, the eccentric owner of Tricki, the pampered Pekingese.

Season three begins in spring 1939 as James and Helen prepare to walk down the aisle. With a new stake in the business, James is trying to expand the veterinary practice by joining a government program to test for tuberculosis in cattle. The initiative pays well, but it is looked upon with suspicion by the local farmers who run the risk of their farms being shut down if a positive case is found. 

‘Van der Valk’ Season Two Among Series Hitting PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September

The second season of Masterpiece Mystery’s “Van der Valk” is among the series streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September.

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Season two (six episodes) of the English crime drama “Van der Valk” starts streaming Sept. 25. Marc Warren (“The Good Wife”) reprises his role as Commissaris Piet Van der Valk in the second season of the Amsterdam-set police drama. Each episode tackles a different crime including the grisly and theatrical murder of a lawyer; pieces of a body delivered to the wealthy heirs of a diamond company; and the death of a cellist from a prestigious orchestra.

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Six episodes of the “Walter Presents” French crime drama “The Chalet” start streaming Sept. 23. In the small and isolated village of Valmoline in the French Alps, Manu and his pregnant fiancé Adèle are getting married at a remote Chalet where Manu used to vacation in the summer when he was young. A small bridge is all that connects the Chalet to the outside world. As soon as Manu and his childhood friends attend the wedding cross the bridge, a huge rock falls from a cliff and destroys part of it. They are stranded and completely cut off from the world. Twenty years earlier a family who wanted to start a new life at the Chalet vanished without a trace, and history is about to repeat itself.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September include “Walter Presents: The Room,” due Sept. 2; “Walter Presents: Truth, Season 1,” coming Sept. 9; “Walter Presents: The Silence of Water, Season 1,” due Sept. 16; and “Walter Presents: Rosy Abate, Season 1,” coming Sept. 30.

Seasons of ‘Guilt,’ ‘Walter Presents’ Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in August

The second  season of “Guilt” from “Masterpiece Mystery” as well as “Charité” and “Redemption” from “Walter Presents” are among the international programs streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in August.

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Four episodes in season two of “Masterpiece Mystery: Guilt,” set in Edinburgh, Scotland, premiere Aug. 28. In the English crime drama, when disgraced lawyer Max McCall (Mark Bonnar) is released from prison, he finds himself entwined in a gripping new story with characters old and new, as they battle the consequences of their actions amidst shocking new developments. Emun Elliot returns as Kenny, and Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”) joins the cast as Maggie.

“Charité”

Six episodes of the German drama “Walter Presents: Charité” debut Aug. 12. The series follows the staff of Berlin’s world-famous hospital where medical history is being made. When Ida is saved at the prestigious Charité hospital in 1888 Berlin, Germany, she has no money to cover the cost. In lieu of payment, she begins to work off her debt as a nurse. There she witnesses history being made as she gets an inside look into cures for tuberculosis and diphtheria and discovers her passion for medicine.

“Redemption”

Eight episodes of the Italian crime drama “Walter Presents: Redemption” premiere Aug. 26. In the series, Valerio is an ex-cop who has received devastating news that his estranged son Ettore has committed suicide. Unable to believe his son would do such a thing, Valerio begins to hunt for the truth behind his son’s death. As he pledges to obtain justice for his son, the investigation also proves to be Valerio’s last chance to come to terms with his troubled past, both as a man and a father.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in August include “Walter Presents: Troubled Waters,” debuting Aug. 5; “Walter Presents: Blood Oath,” coming Aug. 19; and “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family,” debuting Aug. 28.

‘Ridley Road,’ ‘Walter Presents’ Titles Available on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in May

“Masterpiece: Ridley Road,” “Walter Presents: They Were Ten” and “Walter Presents: Ben” are among the titles hitting the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in May.

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Available now is “Masterpiece: Ridley Road,” a four-part political thriller based on Jo Bloom’s novel. The series is set in a swinging 1960s London, which is also seething with antisemitic violence incited by homegrown neo-Nazis. Inspired by true events, the series stars newcomer Agnes O’Casey as Vivien Epstein, a young Jewish hairdresser who fits right into London’s mod scene, while secretly infiltrating the British neo-Nazi hierarchy on behalf of Jewish antifascists. O’Casey is joined by Rory Kinnear (No Time to Die) as Colin Jordan, the leader of Britain’s post-World War II Nazi movement; Tom Varey (“Game of Thrones”) as Jack, Vivien’s true love, who mysteriously disappears at the outset of the series; Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”) as Vivien’s cagey uncle Soly, a secret operative for the 62 Group, which is combatting the resurgence of fascism; and Tracy-Ann Oberman (“After Life”) as Soly’s shrewd wife, Nancy.

“Walter Presents: They Were Ten” premieres May 6. The six-episode French psychological thriller follows 10 people who are invited to a remote tropical island and then murdered one by one for mysterious reasons. Each traveler, five men and five women, has committed a murder in their past. The series is based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel And Then There Were None

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“Walter Presents: Ben,” debuting May 13, is a six-episode French crime series. In the series, Bénédicte “Ben” Marceau, a divorced news reporter, and her daughter Rose relocate to Ben’s hometown of Nantes 25 years after she ran away as a teenager. Starting a job at the largest local newspaper as a crime reporter, she becomes immersed in the death of a student. As she digs deeper into the story of why she was killed, painful memories of why she left home at the age of 16 begin to resurface.

Other titles coming to the channel in May include season one of “Lucy Worsley Investigates,” due May 15; “Walter Presents: Swoon,” due May 20; season three of “Walter Presents: Berlin Dance School,” due May 20; and season two of “Walter Presents: Nina,” due May 27.

‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ Among Programs Due on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January

The new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days is among the titles streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January.
 
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In the new, eight-episode limited series from “Masterpiece,” which begins streaming Jan. 7, viewers join adventurer Phileas Fogg, played by Emmy Award-winner David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Broadchurch”) as he sets out on a quest to travel around the world in 80 days. As a man who has spent the last 20 years in a comfortable leather armchair at The Reform Club, he needs all the resilience he can muster and the assistance of a quick-witted Frenchman Passepartout played by Ibrahim Koma (“As Far as I Can Walk”). Joining them on the road is a Daily Telegraph journalist (Leonie Benesch, “Babylon Berlin”), who came up with the whole crazy idea in the first place.

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Also coming to the channel is season two of the murder mystery series “Vienna Blood,” which begins streaming Jan. 9. In the series, a Sigmund Freud student and an Austrian detective team up to solve some of the most mysterious and deadly cases in the early 1900s. 

Season two of the “Walter Presents” program “The Wall: Chateau Murders” begins streaming Jan. 28 on the “Masterpiece” channel. The French series follows the story of two investigators coming together to solve the many murders and assaults in Quebec City.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January include “My Mother and Other Strangers,” “Prime Suspect: Tennison,” “Walter Presents: Below the Surface,” “Walter Presents: King of Warsaw,” “Walter Presents: Moscow Noir” and “Walter Presents: St. Maik.”

‘Masterpiece Mystery! — Guilt,’ Season Four of ‘Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Among PBS Titles Due on DVD in September

Masterpiece Mystery!: Guilt,” season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” and several documentaries are among the titles coming to DVD in September from PBS Distribution.

The dark comedy series “Masterpiece Mystery! — Guilt” is due in a two-DVD set Sept. 14. In the series, a drunken drive home from a wedding lands two brothers in increasingly hot water, as they commit more and more serious crimes to hide their culpability in a hit-and-run. Mark Bonnar (“Line of Duty,” “Catastrophe,” “Unforgotten”) and Jamie Sives (“Valhalla Rising,” “Mean Machine”) star as the brothers, with Ruth Bradley (“Grabbers,” “Flyboys,” “Pursuit”) as the victim’s niece, who falls for her uncle’s killer.

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Season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” comes out in a three-DVD set Sept. 7. The season opens with our intrepid detectives Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) alongside their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary is able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments and her newly acquired medical skills. As always, amid high-stakes danger, excitement, intrigue and friendship, the women find their balance in their lives outside of work. Frankie has a European race car-driving beau; Trudy’s dreams of home-sweet-home are closer than ever; Mary falls for the wrong fellow; and Flo starts a family.

Also due on DVD in September are the documentaries Exhumed: A History of Zombies on Sept. 14; Downing of a Flag on Sept. 7; Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets, Volume 2 on Sept. 14; and The Mysteries of Mental Illness on Sept. 28.

The self-help title Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with D.J. Vanas comes out on DVD Sept. 14.

Coming for the kids in September are Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One, due Sept. 14, and PBS Kids: 15 Girl Power Adventures!, available Sept. 7.