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PBS MASTERPIECE Winter Spring 2019 Schedule • Period Dramas

Period Dramas added to Prime Video in January 2019

Your PBS Masterpiece Winter – Spring 2019 Schedule is right here: the subsequent few months promise to be a royal good time on PBS!

This listing is split into 4 elements: Interval Dramas on PBS and Masterpiece (detailed descriptions of the costume dramas within the primetime line-up, with premiere and return dates), Historical past of British Royalty Exhibits on PBS (like these with historian Lucy Worsley), You Might Additionally Like (different upcoming historical past or interval associated PBS packages that aren’t interval dramas), and Wait! The place’s My Present? (PBS interval dramas which might be over, returning, and in improvement).

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Kicking all of it off on Sunday, January 13, “Victoria” returns to Masterpiece and finds the younger Queen dealing with a disaster that threatens to finish her reign. Immediately following “Victoria” is the premiere of a brand new two-part collection, “Victoria & Albert The Wedding ceremony,” that includes historian Lucy Worsley as she oversees an genuine reimagining of some of the well-known weddings of all time. If you wish to re-watch “Consolation and Pleasure,” the Season 2 finale of “Victoria,” it’s airing at 7:30 PM on January 13th, proper earlier than the premiere of Season three.

And from royal weddings to royal bedchambers, on Sunday, January 27 Worsley snuggles up with Britain’s previous monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets and techniques hiding inside a number of the most secluded areas in an encore presentation of “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber.”

Additionally a part of PBS’s regal lineup of royal programming that includes tales of the British monarchy, is “Margaret: The Insurgent Princess.”

If further historic / costume / interval dramas are added to the 2019 Spring PBS Masterpiece lineup, or to PBS programming basically, they’ll be listed right here, so that you’ll need to bookmark this web page.

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Interval Dramas on PBS and Masterpiece

Victoria – Season three
Premieres January 13 at 9PM ET on MASTERPIECE

It’s 1848, and revolution is breaking out throughout Europe. In Britain, one lady stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman (“Physician Who”) stars because the younger however fearless monarch, dealing with a disaster that threatens to finish her reign.

Persevering with the story of Victoria’s rule over the most important empire the world has ever recognized, the brand new season of the drama introduces fascinating new historic characters, together with Laurence Fox (“Inspector Lewis”) because the vainglorious Lord Palmerston, who crosses swords with the queen over British overseas coverage. Additionally vexing the queen this season is Kate Fleetwood (“Harlots”) as Victoria’s devoted however troubled half-sister, Princess Feodora, who seeks refuge at Buckingham Palace resulting from political unrest again house in Germany.

Different new characters embrace John Periods (“Outlander”) as reformist Prime Minister John Russell, and Lily Travers (“Kingsman”) because the beguiling Duchess of Monmouth.

Returning are Tom Hughes (“Dancing on the Edge”) as Victoria’s devoted, obsessive husband, Prince Albert; Nell Hudson (“Outlander”) because the queen’s chief dresser, Nancy Skerrett; Ferdinand Kingsley (“Borgia”) as Charles Francatelli, the royal chef and cookbook king; plus a number of others.

As Season three will get underway, Victoria is pregnant together with her sixth youngster. However she has a lot else on her thoughts, mainly the Revolutions of 1848, when the downtrodden all through Europe start agitating for the overthrow of aristocratic rule.

In England, this discontent results in Chartism, a set of calls for for common male suffrage, the key poll, equal illustration for voters and different reforms that have been thought-about radical by main political figures throughout Victoria’s reign. As with many crusades, passions are aroused on each side—typically violently. On the time, who knew if occasions may end up just like the French Revolution, which resorted to widespread use of the guillotine? (In case you are rusty in your Brit historical past, you’ll need to learn this text on Chartism earlier than you watch that will help you get probably the most out of Season three.)

Ardour can also be a problem within the bed room at Buckingham Palace, the place Victoria is reluctant to danger extra pregnancies. Mother and father now of six, Victoria and Albert discover themselves at odds about their offspring, particularly the troubled Bertie, the position of the monarchy, and more and more with one another.

eight episodes

Seasons 1 & 2 are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

Season three is AVAILABLE to STREAM January 14.

Episodes of VICTORIA, SEASON three shall be AVAILABLE to STREAM weekly on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel and PBS PASSPORT beginning Monday, January 14 by means of Monday, March four when the complete season is accessible. The Season three DVD is accessible April 16, 2019. Order it right here. 

Mrs. Wilson
Premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9PM ET on MASTERPIECE

Starring Ruth Wilson (“Jane Eyre”), Mrs. Wilson is a strong three-part drama impressed by the memoir of Ms. Wilson’s grandmother and household historical past.

Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the collection follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is fortunately married till her husband, Alec, dies and a lady turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the actual Mrs. Wilson. Alison is decided to show the validity of her personal marriage – and Alec’s love for her – however is as an alternative led right into a world of disturbing secrets and techniques.

Alexander Wilson was a author, spy and secret service officer who served within the First World Struggle earlier than shifting to India to show as a Professor of English Literature, the place he started writing spy novels. Within the 1930s he loved nice success together with his novels being reviewed in The Telegraph, Observer and the Occasions Literary Complement amongst others. He handed away in 1963.

Wilson will star alongside Iain Glen (“Recreation Of Thrones”), Keeley Hawes (“The Durrells of Corfu”), Anupam Kher (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Fiona Shaw (“Harry Potter”) within the new interval drama written by Anna Symon (“Indian Summers”). Learn extra about it right here. 

three episodes

The DVD is on the market April 2, 2019. order it right here. 

Name the Midwife – Season eight
Premieres March 31, 2019at 8PM ET on PBS

“Name the Midwife” follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus Home, who go to the expectant moms of Poplar, offering the poorest ladies with the absolute best care.

Collection eight begins in 1964. Miriam Margolyes who performed Sister Mildred within the Christmas particular will visitor star in episode 1. Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), and Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins) might be added to the forged. Helen George will probably be again as Nurse Trixie Franklin, after a season away. Victoria Yeates and Charlotte Ritchie gained’t be returning.

Seasons 1 – 7 are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

Les Misérables
Premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9PM ET on MASTERPIECE

MASTERPIECE on PBS and BBC One announce a brand new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s basic novel “Les Misérables” from multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies.

The six-part drama adaptation stars Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Javert on this landmark drama adaptation. They’re joined on this epic occasion drama by Lily Collins, within the position of Fantine.

With a hanging depth and relevance to us at present, Victor Hugo’s novel is testimony to the struggles of France’s underclass and the way far they need to go to outlive. The six-part tv adaptation of the famend ebook will vividly and faithfully deliver to life the colourful and interesting characters, the spectacular and genuine imagery and, above all, the unimaginable but accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.

The distinguished British forged additionally consists of Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber (“Satisfaction and Prejudice and Zombies”) as Cosette, Josh O’Connor (“The Durrells in Corfu”) as Marius and Erin Kellyman as Éponine. Learn extra about it right here. 

6 episodes

Historical past of British Royalty Exhibits on PBS

Victoria & Albert: The Wedding ceremony
Premieres Sunday, January 13 and Sunday, January 20 at 10 PM ET

Take pleasure in a recreation of the marriage that modified British matrimonial ceremonies endlessly. This two-part collection, hosted by Lucy Worsley, celebrates an everlasting love that was to soften the nation’s coronary heart and set the usual for generations of brides to return.

A BBC Studios manufacturing for PBS, this entertaining collection supplies an insider’s look into the flowery planning that went into some of the well-known weddings of all time: the romantic 1840 union of Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert. With the assistance of a staff of specialists, Lucy oversees the meticulous recreation of crucial parts of the marriage celebration, scouring historical past books, archives, newspapers and even Victoria’s personal diaries for particulars. The right accompaniment to the newest season of MASTERPIECE’s hit collection “Victoria,” “Victoria & Albert: The Wedding ceremony” is a singular celebration of an everlasting love that captured the creativeness then and now — and a marriage that set the usual for generations of future brides in all places.

Lucy is joined by meals historian Annie Grey, clothes skilled Harriet Waterhouse, army historian Jasdeep Singh and extra. From the bouquet and the superbly tiered cake to the music for the ceremony and the marriage robe — Victoria’s game-changing white gown began a practice that also lives on — every component has been rigorously researched, remade by hand, and eventually put to make use of in a joyous recreation of the large day itself. All through, Lucy and her workforce unpack and discover the hidden iconography and symbolism of this massively vital wedding ceremony. They uncover new insights into Victoria and Albert’s relationship, each private and non-private, and shed fascinating new mild on the broader implications of the marriage. The collection reveals how the pomp and pageantry secured the nation’s unwavering consideration as Victoria gained favor together with her topics and invented the fashionable very best of marriage.

“In 1840, two 20-year-olds turned crucial energy couple on earth,” stated Worsley. “The wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg was a pivotal second in British historical past. It was a political union that turned the best royal love story of all.”

2 episodes

The DVD is accessible March 26, 2019. Order it right here. 

Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
Sunday, January 27 at 10 PM ET

See how the rise and fall of the royals’ beds displays the altering fortunes of the monarchy. Lucy Worsley will get into mattress with Britain’s previous monarchs to uncover the secrets and techniques of the royal bedchamber. She reveals that the obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. The truth is, the rise and fall of the royals’ magnificent beds displays the altering fortunes of the monarchy itself.

Host Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets and techniques of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Courtroom to Hever Citadel to the good English nation manors, Worsley exhibits the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these personal areas have been as soon as very public hubs of English politics and coverage. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies have been held, royal births have been noticed by crowds wanting to confirm the child’s intercourse. Even the method of making royal infants befell in a semi-public context, Worsley says, as a result of everybody had a stake in its consequence.

The eventual creation of personal chambers advanced as a response to the overwhelmingly public nature of royal bedrooms, and political views ultimately have been relegated to workplaces and the Homes of Parliament. However “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber” provides viewers entry to the regal pomp and detailed work of those internal chambers – detailing the lavish designs of royal state beds and “pulling again the covers” on the political intrigue that occurred behind closed doorways.

Watch the TRAILER


Out there on DVD. Order it right here. 

Margaret: The Insurgent Princess
Premieres Sunday, February 10 and Sunday, February 17 at 10 PM ET

Find out how Princess Margaret’s life and loves mirrored the altering world through the 20th century. This intimate two-part collection profiles Princess Margaret, whose life and loves mirrored the social and sexual revolution that reworked the western world through the 20th century.

This new particular, that includes uncommon footage and interviews with those that knew her greatest, provides unparalleled perception into Margaret’s turbulent life and occasions. Her distinctive place because the Queen’s youthful sister in a altering Britain left her free to experiment and push boundaries, but she was eternally judged by a public and press starting to query the very concept of a monarchy. Whereas Margaret typically adopted the inflexible guidelines underneath which she was raised, she additionally stepped outdoors these guidelines and into scandal. A sophisticated and contradictory princess, her story parallels her period, when the principles of social norms have been being rewritten and a freer, extra egalitarian society was rising.

Margaret cast her personal method by turning into a rule-breaking trendsetter and an keen participant within the pleasure of a swinging 1960s London. Her loves have been passionate if not all the time clever, from Peter Townsend, a married aide to her father, to her dashing but philandering husband Lord Snowden, to the much-younger Roddy Llewellyn. However it was her relationship together with her sister that was maybe crucial, the lady towards whom she outlined herself all her life.

“Margaret: The Insurgent Princess” presents new interviews with a number of of her closest associates together with Woman Anne Glenconner, Woman Jane Rayne and Jane Stevens; biographers Christopher Warwick, Craig Brown and Anne de Courcy; journalists Clive Irving of the Day by day Categorical and Doris Bacon of AP and lots of others. They reveal Margaret as the primary really trendy princess — a celebrity who launched a flash of Hollywood glamour into Buckingham Palace and paved the best way for Diana, Kate and Meghan. A lady craving for escape in a post-war world wanting to shrug its personal oppressive constraints, Margaret turned a strong and unpredictable drive, reflecting and driving elementary modifications in our attitudes concerning the monarchy, movie star, marriage and intercourse.

2 episodes

The DVD is accessible April 23, 2019. Order it right here. 

Royal Wives at Warfare
Sunday, March 10 at 10PM ET

In the event you missed this the primary time it aired on PBS, you’re in luck – “Royal Wives at Warfare” is again. Take a recent take a look at the abdication disaster of 1936 via dramatized monologues by the 2 ladies at its coronary heart, the Queen Mom and Wallis Simpson, as they appear again on the dramatic occasions that led to Edward VIII’s choice to surrender the throne.


Out there on DVD. Order it right here. 

You Might Additionally Like

Tuesday, January 22 at 9:00 PM ET

For these of you interested by the historical past of the Edwardian period: In the summertime of 1910, an unimaginable wildfire devoured greater than three million acres throughout the Northern Rockies, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a disaster that may outline the company and the nation’s hearth coverage for the remainder of the 20th century and past. “The Massive Burn” supplies a cautionary story of heroism and sacrifice, vanity and greed, hubris and, finally, humility within the face of nature’s scary energy. Impressed by the best-selling ebook by Timothy Egan.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Doubt from Minnesota Opera
Premieres Friday, January 25 at 9PM ET

Did you watch the 1960s-set interval drama “Doubt” about suspicion resulting in a battle of wills at a Bronx Catholic faculty? You might also need to watch this adaptation for the opera, starring Christine Brewer, Adriana Zabala, Matthew Value and Denyce Graves.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Surviving the Mud Bowl
Tuesday, January 29 at 9PM ET

within the Nice Melancholy? Journey again to the 1930s, when mud storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. Illness, hardship and demise adopted, but individuals stayed, refusing to surrender on their land and lifestyle.

Premieres Friday, February 1 at 9PM ET

Followers of Winston Graham’s “Poldark” collection might need to catch this: Watch composer Nico Muhly’s reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel about a gorgeous, mysterious lady in 1960s England who assumes a number of identities. Starring Isabel Leonard within the title position alongside Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland. Robert Spano conducts. 

NATURE: Wild Method of the Vikings
Premieres Wednesday, February 13 at 8PM ET

Love the interval collection “Vikings”? Now you possibly can expertise the pure world by means of the eyes of the Vikings. From the killer whales of the North Sea to the volcanic mounts of Iceland, see the deep historical past and cultural respect the Vikings had with the land and sea. Ewan McGregor narrates.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Nero Information
Wednesday, February 20 at 10PM ET

Historical past buffs: Take a better take a look at the life and legend of Nero, the notorious Roman emperor, as a forensics profiler makes an attempt to seek out out what historical past might have gotten improper about his alleged tyranny.

Premieres Sunday, February 24 at 12PM ET

This could possibly be enjoyable: Watch Puccini’s blazing love story set within the Wild West based mostly on David Belasco’s play “The Woman of the Golden West” starring Eva-Maria Westbroke and Jonas Kaufmann. Marco Armiliato conducts.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: King Arthur’s Misplaced Kingdom
Wednesday, March 27 at 10PM ET

Uncover new archaeological proof at Tintagel that means the legend of King Arthur began in a affluent and complicated buying and selling village in Fifth-century Britain following the departure of the Romans. 

Friday, March 29 at 9PM ET

See Shakespeare as by no means earlier than in an all-women manufacturing of “Julius Caesar” set in a jail. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Harriet Walter as Brutus, Jackie Clune as Julius Caesar and Jade Anouka as Mark Antony. 

Reconstruction: America 
Tuesdays, April 9 -16 at 9PM ET

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the historical past of the transformative years following the American Civil Conflict, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself within the face of profound loss, large destruction and revolutionary social change. 

Wait! The place’s My Present?

It’s Over

The Anne of Inexperienced Gables Collection: L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Inexperienced Gables, The Good Stars, and Hearth & Dew are a part of a trilogy and have all aired on PBS. No additional installments are anticipated. AVAILABLE to STREAM. 

MASTERPIECE: The Assortment: The gripping household drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris trend home is over, however is AVAILABLE to STREAM.

MASTERPIECE: Little Ladies: The story of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they navigate what it means to be a younger lady: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, old flame, loss, and marriage, is over, however is AVAILABLE to STREAM. Learn extra about it. 

MASTERPIECE: The Miniaturist: Sure, that was the ending! The haunting, luxurious interval thriller based mostly on the favored novel by Jessie Burton is over, however is AVAILABLE to STREAM. Learn extra about it. 

PBS: The Lady in White: The distinctly trendy tackle Wilkie Collins’ beloved thriller novel, combining romance, intrigue, and hazard in an exciting experience from the corridors of English nation homes to the dankest, deepest corners of the Victorian madhouse, is over, however is AVAILABLE to STREAM. Learn extra about it.         

It’s Returning

MASTERPIECE: The Durrells in Corfu
The Durrells Season four will air within the fall of 2019

The 1930s-set collection based mostly on naturalist Gerald Durrell’s much-loved trilogy of novels stars Keeley Hawes, Josh O’Connor, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone and Milo Parker. This would be the ultimate season. Learn extra concerning the collection.

Seasons 1 – three are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

Endeavour Season 6 will air in the summertime of 2019

Shaun Evans charms audiences together with his portrayal of the 1960s cerebral and solitary Detective Constable Morse in “Endeavour,” written by “Inspector Lewis” creator and Inspector Morse author Russell Lewis. A 1969-set “Endeavour” will return for its sixth collection, however with out Lewis Peek (DC George Fancy) and Dakota Blue Richards (WPC Trewlove). Spoiler: Endeavour is porting a brand new moustache.

Seasons 1 – 5 are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

MASTERPIECE: Grantchester
Grantchester Season four will air in 2019

The story of a younger vicar and a veteran cop who be a part of forces to unravel baffling murders round a placid English village within the 1950s will return to PBS MASTERPIECE for a fourth season, and will probably be the final for James Norton. When “Grantchester” returns with Season 5. there can be a brand new vicar: search for Tom Brittney, who chances are you’ll already know from “Outlander” and “Name the Midwife.”

Seasons 1 – three are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

Poldark Season 5 will air within the fall of 2019

How time has flown, watching our favourite Cornish 18th century man Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) face trials and tribulations on the house entrance, in love, in politics, and within the enterprise world.

The fifth season of “Poldark” would be the final. Debbie Horsfield stated her last collection will comply with the lives of the Poldarks and the Warleggans within the ten-year interval between the occasions of books seven and guide eight: “In ‘The Stranger from the Sea’ Winston Graham made many references to developments that occurred within the ‘hole’ years. A lot may also be inferred. There are, in fact, additionally historic occasions and other people of the time, each in Cornwall and in London. Collection 5 will draw on all of those to comply with the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes on this intervening interval.”

Seasons 1 – four are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

It’s Coming

The Chaperone
In theaters March 29, 2019

MASTERPIECE’s first function movie will reunite the author, director and star of “Downton Abbey.” “The Chaperone,” based mostly on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel, can be scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and star Elizabeth McGovern, (Woman Grantham). Learn extra about it right here. Learn extra about it. 

Downton Abbey Film
In theaters September 20, 2019

Over 6 seasons, the hit tv collection adopted the lives of the Crawley household and the servants who labored for them on the flip of the 20th century in an Edwardian English nation residence. Quickly, we’ll be capable of watch the film from Focus Options, and see how the saga continues. Learn extra about it.

Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears
Coming in 2019

For these of you who’ve watched Phryne Fisher on PBS and wished for an additional season (which isn’t occurring), right here’s some comfort: The tales of a glamorous sleuth preventing crime in 1920s Melbourne – makes the leap to the large display. On this extremely anticipated unique feature-length film, “The Crypt of Tears” will ship the standard delights to “Miss Fisher’s” devoted fan base.

Filming has wrapped and the film is at present in post-production. “Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears” will premiere with a theatrical launch in Australia in 2019, and could be anticipated worldwide shortly after. Learn extra about it.

Launch date TBA

Written solely months earlier than Austen’s dying in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and barely wild!) Sidney Parker. When an opportunity accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside city on the make, and the characters whose fortunes rely upon its business success. The twists and turns of the plot, which take viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, expose the hidden agendas of every character and sees Charlotte uncover herself… and finally discover love. Learn extra about it. The eight episode mini-series will air on PBS MASTERPIECE.

Filming is predicted to start in Spring 2019.

It’s on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel

Frankie Drake Mysteries: Set towards a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the collection that includes the fearless, adventurous and astute Frankie Drake who defies expectations, is immersed in each the actual Toronto of the 1920s and the world of thriller and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci (“Murdoch Mysteries”). Watch it NOW 

Jamestown: 1619. On what looks like the sting of the world sits Jamestown, Virginia. For 12 years, it has been populated solely by males, however the settlement is shaken up when the primary ladies land on this wilderness. The disruptive new arrivals are instantly thrust into a brand new world of want, energy, and survival. Jamestown returns for a second season of dazzling adventures in love, warfare, and diplomacy. Even the purest of loves might be examined. The facility of politics will influence the entire group, because the battle for supremacy continues. From the makers of “Downton Abbey.” Learn extra about it. Watch it NOW 

Please observe: a few of the titles right here is probably not obtainable all over the place, so verify your native listings. 

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