'Endeavour' Season 4 Will Air on Masterpiece This August

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in "Endeavour" Season 4. (Photo: ITV)

The highly anticipated fourth season of mystery series Endeavour finally has a US airdate! The Inspector Morse prequel will premiere on PBS this summer as part of Masterpiece Mystery, beginning on Sunday, August 20 at 9pm.

Stars Shaun Evans and Roger Allam are back as the young Endeavour Morse and his mentor, Detective Fred Thursday.

Season 4 is once again penned by acclaimed writer Russell Lewis and is comprised of four episodes, entitled “Game”, “Canticle”, “Lazaretto” and “Harvest”. 

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 4

Sisters Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) and Winifred (Victoria Yates) enjoy the Chariot Races   (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

Despite the backdrop of a close-knit community celebrating the opening of a new park with maypole dances and chariot races, tragedy or near-tragedy dominates in this week’s Call the Midwife. Mothers who can’t bear children are juxtaposed against those who can but can’t afford to keep them.

'Grantchester' Season 3 Comes to Masterpiece in June

James Norton and Robson Green in "Grantchester" (Photo: ITV)

Good news for mystery fans! The new season of popular period mystery Grantchester will air in the U.S. this June. The drama’s third season will begin on Sunday, June 18 at 9pm. (So mark your calendars now!)

Stars James Norton and Robson Green will be back as the crime-solving duo of vicar Sidney Chambers and his partner Detective Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama is based on the “Grantchester Mysteries” books author James Runcie, and Season 3 will likely map to the third novel in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 3

Nurse Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie) peddles to her next appointment  Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

In this week’s episode of Call the Midwife, Sister Ursula’s obsession with efficiency contributes to a near fatal oversight. The Turners' maternity home faces the threat of closure and Shelagh suffers a dangerous setback in her miraculous pregnancy. Finally, a sorely missed member of the Nonnatus crew returns to Poplar, but brings with her troubling questions about another of their number.

If you feel a bit fuzzy about where we left off last time, you can get up to speed with our previous recap here.

Jenna Coleman Not Leaving 'Victoria' Any Time Soon

Jenna Coleman on the throne she apparently plans to keep for a while. (Photo: Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

The big period drama news of the moment is that Claire Foy is planning to hang up her crown. Yes, the actress who won all sorts of critical and fan acclaim playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix original series The Crown will depart the series following its second season. Apparently the show’s going to jump forward in time during Season 3, and will require the use of older actors to play Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (Sniff.)

Understandably, this news has left some fans full of worry that the other big period drama telling the story of a queen’s reign might follow suit in the near future. But fans of Victoria can rest easy – star Jenna Coleman, who plays the titular queen has no plans to go anywhere just yet. (And it sounds like the show itself really doesn’t want her to.) 

Period Drama 'Home Fires' Will Live on in Novel Form

Some of the ladies of "Home Fires"  (Photo: Courtesy of © ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

The second season of period drama Home Fires is currently airing on PBS’ Masterpiece. Unfortunately, the series’ second season is also its last, as it was canceled back in 2016 by UK network ITV just after Season 2 aired. As a result of this surprise move, the drama ends on something of a cliffhanger, apparently, and fans in the UK (and likely soon to be the US) were devastated.

But now the story of Home Fires will finally be continued - in a series of novels that will pick up where the show left off. 

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