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.

‘This Emotional Life,’ ‘Dr. Barry’ Among Titles Available on PBS Living Channel in February

“This Emotional Life” and “Dr. Barry” are among the shows available on the PBS Living Channel in February. 

PBS Living is available on Prime Video and Apple TV channels. The subscription rate is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

Due Feb. 16 is season one of “This Emotional Life.” The series explores ways people can improve social relationships, learn to cope with problems such as depression and anxiety, and become more positive and resilient individuals. Host Daniel Gilbert, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, talks with experts about the latest scientific understanding of human emotions and how we can find support for the issues we all face. Each episode weaves together scientific perspectives with the personal stories of ordinary people, complemented by insight from celebrities such as Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, John Leguizamo, Katie Couric and Richard Gere, among many others.

Available Feb. 8 is season one of “Dr. Barry.” The series follows a big-hearted veterinarian who leaves his job at a corporate vet office to start his own practice helping animals in need. Dr. Barry and his new team struggle to build his new veterinarian practice in northeastern Canada, while using all the resources and friends he can find to help injured and orphaned animals of all kinds. Each episode tracks the story of a regular patient, a special rescue, or an animal release and looks at one of Dr. Barry’s special projects to help animals at risk.

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Season one of “Wonders of Mexico” starts streaming Feb. 1. In the series, viewers journey through the seasons and discover the diversity of wildlife and a mosaic of vast landscapes in the country. The series explores Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula — home to the Maya and a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars and vibrant tropical birds. Then viewers travel south to discover black bears, fiery volcanoes, exquisite birds and millions of monarch butterflies. Finally, they journey across northern Mexico and witness a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes and bats hunting scorpions to tiny owls living in giant cacti, Mexico’s animals have found clever ways to inhabit Mexico’s landscape and survive against the odds.

Other titles coming to the PBS Living Channel in February include Israel: The Royal Tour, Mexico: The Royal Tour and Trinity: Classically Irish.

Season 2 of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Streaming Jan. 9 on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Season two of “All Creatures Great and Small” will be available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel on Jan. 9.

Subscribers can binge season one now on the  PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

With an ensemble cast headed by Nicholas Ralph (“The Most Reluctant Convert”) as James Herriot, the series also stars Academy Award-winner Rachel Shenton (“The Silent Child”) as Helen Alderson, Samuel West as James’s charismatic but eccentric boss, Callum Woodhouse as Siegfried’s womanizing and carefree younger brother, Anna Madeley as Mrs. Hall and newly added cast member Olivier Award-winning actress Patricia Hodge (“A Very English Scandal”) as Mrs. Pumphrey.

The climax of season one saw Helen call off her impending wedding to wealthy landowner Hugh (Matthew Lewis, “Harry Potter”), after having developed a close friendship with James. After working hard to become accepted by the local farmers and prove himself indispensable, James became a senior vet in the Skeldale House veterinary practice. Following years of half-hearted effort, Tristan believed he had finally passed his veterinary exams. Siegfried, however, learned that Tristan failed once again, but didn’t have the heart to tell him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hall was heartbroken when she was unable to reconnect with her estranged son.

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As season two opens, James returns from Glasgow where he has been visiting his parents for Easter. While there, he is offered a job at a modern local veterinary practice and must decide between staying home in Glasgow with his elderly parents or returning to his new life in Yorkshire.

‘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.”

New Seasons of ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ ‘Poetry in America’ Headed to PBS Living Channel in January

New seasons of “Antiques Roadshow” and “Poetry in America” are among the programs streaming on the PBS Living channel in January. 
 
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Streaming starting Jan. 4 is season 26 of “Antiques Roadshow.” The show reveals more secrets behind family heirlooms and flea market finds, including a spectacular appraisal that marks a series first and a never-before-seen treasure that even wowed their experts. Among the many discoveries this season, fans will see a classic car appraised for the first time ever — due to its Paul Newman-signed dashboard. An unsigned light fixture, rescued after years being stored in a chicken coop, is identified as a custom-made Louis Comfort Tiffany treasure. A 1926 illustration once featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post is revealed to be the highest-valued find of the season.

Subscribers can go for jaunts around the countryside of Great Britain in classic cars as antiques experts compete to uncover the most unique finds in four newly released seasons of “Antiques Road Trip,” streaming beginning Jan. 4. Their adventures take them off the beaten path and allow them to indulge their passion for the past, learning about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history. Intriguing finds in these seasons include a filthy kilim rug, ancient Roman nails, a French sunburst clock, caryatid carvings and more.

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In the “Poetry in America” series, guests read and discuss unforgettable American poems with host Elisa New. The poems in season three take viewers from tight-knit Cuban neighborhoods in Miami to Robert Frost’s green Vermont, from the antebellum South to the cold interstellar bodies of the cosmos. Special guests range from poets to pop stars, ambassadors to young students. The season starts streaming Jan. 22.

Season Eight of ‘Finding Your Roots’ Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Jan. 5

Season eight of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” will start streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Jan. 5.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. During a limited-time promotion Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be available to new subscribers for 99 cents per month for two months. 

Exploring the mysteries and surprising revelations hidden within the family trees of popular figures, season eight includes 10 episodes of examinations and ancestral discussions with 21 subjects, including Terry Crews, Tony Danza, Kathryn Hahn, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Leslie Odom Jr., Pamela Adlon, Regina King, André Leon Talley, Erin Burnett, Mario Lopez and Anita Hill, among many others. 
 
In the episode “Activist Roots,” Henry Louis Gates explores the family trees of Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Anita Hill, introducing two women who’ve made profound sacrifices for social justice to the ancestors who made sacrifices for them. 
 
Then, in “Children of Exile,” Henry Louis Gates explores the poignant roots of chef David Chang and actor Raúl Esparza — two men whose families fled their homelands to live in exile, never to return. From war-torn cities in North Korea to shark-infested waters off the shores of Cuba, Gates sets off to recover the stories of individuals who came to America against all odds and built a better life for themselves. 

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Spanning the globe, season eight maps family trees and uncovers lost ancestors from the United States and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as Poland, Ireland, Russia and Korea.