‘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.

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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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.”

All Three Seasons of ‘Broadchurch’ to Stream on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Nov. 27

All three seasons of the crime thriller series “Broadchurch” will be available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and PBS Passport on Nov. 27.

The entire series will begin airing on PBS stations in 2022. 

Starring Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman and Emmy Award-winner David Tennant, “Broadchurch” (previously on Netflix) takes place in a seemingly calm and friendly seaside town that becomes wrapped in secrets when the death of an 11-year-old boy sparks an unwanted media frenzy. As the town’s locals start to open up about what they do and don’t know, it falls upon the police to catch the killer. 
 
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Set in Broadchurch, a fictional English town in Dorset, the series focuses on police detectives DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Colman) as they investigate the death of local 11-year-old Daniel “Danny” Latimer and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion and media attention on the town. The second season follows the dual storylines of bringing Danny’s killer to justice and a case from the past returning to haunt Hardy. The final season follows detectives Hardy and Miller as they try to solve another local crime that involves a serial sex offender, while the Latimer family goes to extreme lengths to move on from Danny’s death. 

‘Home Fires,’ More ‘Walter Presents’ Series Among Titles Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November

The period drama “Masterpiece: Home Fires,” the Australian drama series “RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service” and more “Walter Presents” series are among the titles heading to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November.

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Two seasons of the series “Home Fires,” based on the novel Jambusters, start streaming Nov. 7. The series opens in August 1939. War with Germany is all but certain, and the citizens of the isolated village of Great Paxford are each facing it in their own way. Men of fighting age are mostly enlisting or waiting to be called. Some of the women are joining the female military services; others already have essential jobs, such as farming; and still others are planning to “dig for victory,” planting gardens to reduce the need for food imports. Since German submarines will be attacking merchant ships, any task that adds to the nation’s self-sufficiency is vital. Frances (Samantha Bond, “Downton Abbey”), whose husband owns a local factory, believes that the Women’s Institute has an important role to play. Joyce (Francesca Annis, “Reckless”), the longtime president of the institute, vehemently disagrees and proposes suspending activities until the war is over. So begins a quarrel that mirrors the fragmentation affecting the wider world. In Great Paxford, this crisis ends up cementing the friendships of a group of women who have their own personal troubles, but who now have a shared mission that will lead them to their finest hour.

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Eight episodes of the drama “RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service” start streaming Nov. 11. Based on real-life stories and filmed on location in and around Broken Hill, this series captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast center where doctors, nurses, pilots and support staff of the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) negotiate the unique challenges of emergency retrievals across some of the most inhospitable places in the country. The series opens with a doctor escaping her past and joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service on a day in which a catastrophic emergency retrieval hits the team personally. Together they will deal with the fallout, while continuing their highly skilled work, fighting the clock and the elements to save people having the worst day of their lives.

Season two of “Walter Presents: The Defence” begins streaming Nov. 19. The Polish series adapted from a renowned crime-thriller novel follows the courageous and rebellious lawyer Joanna Chyłka as she fights for her clients till the bitter end. Season two sees Chyłka go head-to-head with murderers, gangsters, the police and even her own law firm.  After a double murder, Chyłka is assigned to defend the son of a well-known businessman; however, he refuses to say a word to anyone.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November include “Masterpiece: Dark Angel,” “The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes” seasons one and two, “Walter Presents: A Different View,” “Walter Presents: Madame K,” “Walter Presents: Sisters 1968” and “Walter Presents: The Empress.”

All Seasons of ‘Seaside Hotel’ Streaming on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

All eight seasons (40 episodes) of the Danish TV series “Seaside Hotel” are becoming available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September, with season eight debuting Sept. 17.

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Fondly known as “Danish Downton-by-the-sea,” the series follows the drama of the guests and employees of a seaside hotel. “Downton Abbey” meets “Agatha Christie” in this sleeper hit that began its first season in 2013, set in 1920s Denmark. Seasons one through five each follow a summer hotel season in the years 1928 though 1932. Seasons six through eight each follow a summer season in the years 1939 through 1941.

In the series, when an 18-year-old girl from a working-class family starts work at this rural beach hotel, her father warns her not to fraternize with the bourgeois guests, but as secrets about each guest begin to unravel, the seemingly idyllic rural life is much more dramatic than Fie expected. The hotel owner is immediately charmed by her good looks and quickly promotes her to chambermaid, which causes shockwaves through the normally strictly conventional hotel. The owner’s wife is wary, the other maids are jealous and the local young farmer is intrigued by this pretty new addition to his client’s staff. As the annual visitors settle into their rooms, Fie begins to learn about old habits and new secrets, as their chambermaid unwittingly becomes party to betrayal, murder and unexpected desires.

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When the seaside hotel opens its doors in season eight, the year is 1941 and WWII becomes harder to dismiss from everyone’s mind. A life with rationing marks, scarcity of goods and German soldiers in the street has long since become commonplace. The Germans have moved closer and have now taken over the neighboring hotels only 1 kilometer from the beach hotel. However, this does not stop the spa hotel’s regulars from packing their suitcases and checking in as usual.

‘Guilt,’ ‘Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Among Series Streaming on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September

The new “Masterpiece” new dark comedy “Guilt” as well as season four of the mystery series “Frankie Drake Mysteries” and four international “Walter Presents” series are coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in September.

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Four episodes of “Masterpiece: Guilt” start streaming Sept. 5. 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.

“Frankie Drake Mysteries”

Ten episodes in season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” debut Sept. 3. 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.

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“Walter Presents” programs due on the channel in September include the Polish crime mystery series “The Defence,” the German period drama “Hotel Sacher” and the French crime thriller “Witnesses.”

Seven episodes of “The Defence” start streaming Sept. 3. Adapted from the renowned crime-thriller novel by Remigiusz Mróz, the series follows a well-regarded lawyer who agrees to help her friends when their baby goes missing. Joanna Chylka is a capable, uncompromising, courageous and rebellious lawyer in a legal world that is full of stubborn and power-hungry men. When 3-year-old Nikola Szlezyngier disappears without a trace and the police find no evidence of kidnapping, the child’s parents become the main suspects. Desperate, they decide to contact Chylka, an old friend, who agrees to undertake their defense despite other cases piling up on her desk and mountains of evidence indicating the couple’s guilt.

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Six episodes of “Hotel Sacher” start streaming Sept. 10. Based on true events, the series explores the renowned owner and hotel’s reputation and the tales they kept behind closed doors. In the series, the imperial era is about to end; but what will replace it? One key, or rather many keys, lay in the hands of Anna Sacher, the domineering proprietor of the Hotel Sacher, the most distinguished hotel in Vienna. The city is the center of Europe, where the aristocracy still sets the tone and servants must know where they belong. And Anna, the unchallenged “Queen of Vienna,” makes sure that the “upstairs” and “downstairs” folk keep to themselves. They know they can rely on her discretion. At the center of all this are two couples, the independent-minded publisher Martha and her unsuccessful writer-husband Max; and the romance novel authoress and princess, Konstanze and her socially committed husband Georg. Living on the edge, their destinies get intertwined as they conduct passionate but doomed affairs. There is another figure waiting in the wings to take a place on the chessboard of a new society: Marie. The illegitimate child of Georg — who had no idea of her existence — escapes the miserable conditions she was raised in and claims her rightful place.

Two episodes of “Witnesses” start streaming Sept. 10. In the series, set in the coastal town of Le Tréport in Normandy, France, three bodies with no apparent connection are discovered in a show home of a house developer. The police find the deceased man, woman and teenager staged as if they were a living family. Detective Sandra Winckler arrives at the morbid scene to search for clues leading to the perpetrator but instead comes across a photo of ex-police officer Paul Maisonneuve. The retired policeman is forced to return to work in order to get to the bottom of the grim mystery.

Other programs available in September include “Jamaica Inn,” “The Making of a Lady,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “Mayor of Casterbridge, “Kidnap & Ransom, Season 1 & 2,” “Capital Angel of Death, Season 1” and “To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters.”