Episodes of ‘Alma’s Way’ Among Titles on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in May

New episodes of “Alma’s Way,” “Let’s Go Luna” and “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” are on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in May.
 
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Four episodes of “Alma’s Way” are streaming now in volume five of the series. In “Do the Waltzango/Big Brother Boot camp,” Eddie and Becka can’t agree on what kind of dance to do together, so Alma helps the pair create a brand-new, mash-up dance. Then, in “Checkers Champ/World’s Greatest,” André gets nervous about playing against grownups in a checkers tournament. Luckily, Coach Alma is there to help. In “Granny on the Go/Chacho’s Day Out,” Alma and Junior take Chacho to the playground, and in “Steggie Rescue/Alma Hits the Right Note,” Alma, Eddie, and Junior play a late-night game with Steggie at a sleepover.

Four episodes of “Let’s Go Luna” also are streaming now in volume 10 of the series. In “Give Me a Sign/Hip Life,” the gang visits Kumasi, Ghana, where Andy helps a friend celebrate his true artistic self by painting a new barber shop sign for his father. Then, in “Muddy Miracle/Fabuloso’s New Clothes,” Andy destroys Señor Fabuloso’s suit by mistake and must make things right before the Circo show in Kumasi. In “What a T-Wreck!/Way of the Gaucho,” disaster strikes when Andy helps a paleontologist assemble a dinosaur skeleton in Argentina.  Plus, in “Beetlemania/Robo Kid,”  Andy helps a lost pet find its owner in the huge city of Tokyo.

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Five episodes in volume 12 of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” start streaming May 20. In “Fishtastic/The Pink Ness Monster,” Pinkalicious and Peter are excited to go fishing at the beach. Pinkalicious realizes that there is more to being a magni-fish-cent fish besides the color of your scales. Then, in “The Secret Life of Henrietta/Photographer Peter,” Daddy agrees to let Pinkalicious and Peter borrow his old polaroid camera. In “Friendship Bracelets/The Upside Down O Matic,” Pinkalicious and Jasmine make each other friendship bracelets. In “Robotta’s Singing Delivery Service/The Rhyme Off,” Robotta responds to a command, and Pinkalicious and Peter get an idea to set up their own delivery service. Then, in “Pirate Dreamboat/Peter’s Megaphone,”  Captain Toothy McSquint returns and is amazed that Pinkalicious and Peter have found his long lost pirate ship.

‘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.

New Episodes of ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Among Titles Available on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

New episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Molly of Denali” are available on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

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Six new episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why” will be added to the PBS Kids Prime Video channel April 22, along with an hour-long special Elinor Wonders Why: A Wonderful Journey hitting the channel April 19. In A Wonderful Journey, the gang goes camping at Hidden Lake, where they meet an inventor named Bianca and find a way to help frogs that are being affected by a nearby road project. 

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Five new episodes of  “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will hit the channel April 15. In the new volume, Daniel and Katerina come up with a new way to play together in “Daniel and Katerina Listen to Each Other.”

Nine new episodes of “Molly of Denali” will also launch on the channel April 12. In a special two-part episode “Basketball Blues,” Molly is in a basketball shooting slump, and Tooey and Alaskan basketball star Kamaka Hepa try to help her out.

New Season of ‘Weekends With Yankee’ Among Titles Headed to PBS Living Channel in April

A new season of “Weekends With Yankee,” Great Performances: Roots of Latin Jazz, and the documentary Kea’s Ark are headed to the PBS Living channel in April.

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Due April 2 is season six of “Weekends With Yankee,” in which explorer Richard Wiese and series co-host Yankee Magazine senior food editor Amy Traverso take a tour of the spectacular fall foliage in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. They also see how Vermont wool is turned into yarn; find out how new life is being given to old sails in Portland, Maine; get a taste of old Paris infused with West African flavors in Boston; check out unexpected adventures such as the U.S. Toboggan National Championships; and discover the history of New England ingredients such as marshmallow fluff.

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Available April 4 is Great Performances: Roots of Latin Jazz, which examines the variety of Latin American music with the Raíces Jazz Orchestra, featuring two-time Latin Grammy-winning producer Tony Succar and musician, producer and educator Dr. Pablo Gil. Hosted by Grammy-nominee Sheila E., Roots of Latin Jazz reveals the unity between jazz music and Latin culture. Showcasing original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards, the film features Grammy-winning artists Richard Bona and Anaadi, among others. Location sequences capture the vibrancy of cities in the United States, Peru, Spain, Brazil and Cuba.

On April 1, the documentary Kea’s Ark will start streaming on the channel. In the 1980s, self-taught artist and engineer Kea Tawana designed and constructed a massive three-story high ark by herself in Newark, N.J., in an area fast becoming an urban wasteland. For years she had collected salvaged materials from abandoned buildings devastated by poverty and the 1967 riots. Kea’s Ark features archival clips of the ark’s construction and its removal after court challenges and protests to keep it failed, as well as interviews with artists, historians and friends who speak to the legacy of her vision. Although it no longer exists, Kea’s Ark remains a powerful symbol of hope in Newark and beyond.

Two Docs About Ukraine Added to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel has added two programs that deliver historical background on how the current situation has unfolded in Ukraine.   

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin is a new documentary profile of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It charts the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader. It explores the man behind the series of game-changing media appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. 

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Frontline: Putin’s Road to War follows the inside story of what led to Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. It presents the events that shaped the Russian leader, the grievances that drive him, and how a growing conflict with the West exploded into war in Europe.

Ken Burns Doc ‘Benjamin Franklin’ Headed to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4

A new two-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, Benjamin Franklin, will launch on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 4.

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The program explores the life and work of one of the most consequential figures in American history — a prolific writer and publisher, a groundbreaking scientist and inventor, a world-renowned diplomat and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. This dramatic re-creation of Franklin’s mind and world is scripted exclusively with Franklin’s own words, preserved from letters and diaries, bringing to life intimate conversations with the viewer. 

In addition to Emmy-Award winning Mandy Patinkin providing the voice of Franklin, Benjamin Franklin includes interviews with some of the country’s leading scholars of early American history, including Franklin biographer Walter Isaacson, who also served as a senior advisor to the project.

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Franklin, whose life has been celebrated as a quintessential American story, was anything but typical. His 84 years spanned nearly the entirety of the 18th century — an epoch of revolutionary change in science, technology, literature, politics and government — change that Franklin himself helped to advance. He launched the first public library in America, organized a volunteer fire company, and founded an academy that eventually became the University of Pennsylvania. His annual publication, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” set a model for future humorists such as Mark Twain and contained maxims that are still part of our shared lexicon. There were also his famous experiments with electricity, which led to one of his most important inventions — the lightning rod.

Six New ‘Walter Presents’ Titles Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April

This April, PBS Distribution is adding six new international programs from “Walter Presents” to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel, including “Munch” and “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer.” 

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“Munch”

The French legal drama “Munch” debuts April 15. It follows Gabrielle Munchowski, a lawyer who bends the law to get her way and will stop at close to nothing to defend her clients. Running a law firm with her friend and associate Hubert Bellanger, Munch and her team take on tough cases, defending the innocent and marginal, against all odds. Bold and irreverent, she will cross any line.

The darkly comedic Italian drama series “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer,” based on the film of the same name, debuts April 22. Set in 1970s Sicily, it follows Salvatore, a young boy whose family becomes unintentionally entangled with the Palermo mafia. Nothing escapes the 10-year-old’s gaze as he sees everything going on around him, from the mafia’s oppression and his crazy family dynamic to the magnificence of his first love Alice.

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The British dramatic thriller “The Trick” starts streaming April 22. It’s the true story of Philip Jones, the world-renowned professor and director of climate research at the University of East Anglia who was the eye of an international media storm and victim of cyberterrorism that led to the 2009 Climategate scandal. In November 2009, the IT servers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K., were hacked and hundreds of emails stolen. Days later the stolen emails were posted online and an international media storm exploded. Jones and his team found themselves in the middle of a major investigation with their 30 years of research being questioned in the first “fake news” attack. “The Trick” charts the professor’s (Jason Watkins) unjustified persecution and the ultimate exoneration of both Jones and the science, while his wife Ruth (Victoria Hamilton) stands fiercely by his side throughout it all.

Crime Series ‘Annika’ Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel April 17

Six episodes of the new show “Annika” will premiere on PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on April 17.

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The series will have a television broadcast in fall 2022.

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Set on a scenic river amid Scottish lochs, Glasgow has an unusually high rate of slayings connected to water in the new crime series starring Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax) as D.I. Annika Strandhed, the speedboat-driving head of the city’s newly-formed Marine Homicide Unit.  
Fishing bodies from the waters, Strandhed and her newly-formed unit face a steady stream of murders. Confiding her thoughts directly to viewers, Annika juggles baffling cases and a rebellious teenage daughter. Annika’s strikingly effective M.O. is to link the crime under investigation to her obsessive reading of literature and mythology. 

Season Two of ‘Sanditon’ Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel March 20

Season two of “Sanditon” will begin streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on March 20.

Episodes one and two will be available to stream the evening of the broadcast premiere on PBS on March 20. New episodes will launch weekly.

The romantic drama inspired by Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel returns with original cast members Rose Williams as the high-spirited heroine Charlotte Heywood and Crystal Clarke as the independent West Indian heiress Georgiana Lambe. Filled with new handsome and eligible men, season two brings more adventure, scandal, intrigue and romance to the coastal resort.

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Distribution Solutions Inks Physical Media Sales and Distribution Deal With PBS

Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, has inked a deal to handle physical media sales and distribution of PBS Distribution content to mass retail accounts in the United States and all accounts in Canada. 

“This is very exciting to be in business with PBS Distribution who is widely loved and respected worldwide,” said Distribution Solutions president Ben Means in a statement. “Their impressive catalog of drama, children, lifestyle, and documentary content elevates our ability to provide the masses with the best public media content on the market.” 

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“We are thrilled to be launching our partnership with Distribution Solutions,” Joe Barrett, VP of sales for PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “Their expertise in fulfillment, logistics and account management, coupled with a unique focus on independent content, positions us for an exciting future of opportunities to deliver quality public media content.” 

The first new physical PBS releases distributed by Distribution Solutions will be available for purchase beginning in March 2022.