PBS Promos

Category:Comedy

Preview 'Vicious' Starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, Premiering on PBS June 29

Gay comedy Vicious – starring acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi – will premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning June 29.

McKellen and Jacobi play elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart, who’ve been living together in a small central London flat for nearly fifty years. Their co-dependent relationship is largely focused around the two of them sniping at one another and walking the dog, but the two love each other deeply. Their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a new upstairs neighbor named Ash, played by Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon. Ostensibly, this will be a much less psychotic character than the one he plays in Westeros.

The sitcom aired in the UK last year, and its addition to the PBS roster marks a rather exciting foray into comedy for the network’s national Sunday night schedule which, I think it’s safe to say, is something we all hope continues into the future.

The first US trailer for the Vicious premiere at the end of the month has been released and, in an extremely pleasant surprise, it actually features different footage than the bits featured in the ITV promo last year. Huzzah. 

Category:Drama

‘The Bletchley Circle’ Series 2: Watch the First PBS Preview

The wait is almost over – Series 2 of popular, female-driven mystery series The Bletchley Circle premieres on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, April 13. The period drama follows the story of four women, who all possess the extraordinary ability to break codes and recognize patterns, skills honed during their time at the famous Bletchley Park during World War II, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Now, after the war, they use their unique skills to solve crimes.

Series 2 will be comprised of four episodes, rather than three and tell two separate, self-contained stories, each spread across a pair of sixty-minute installments. Stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachel Stirling,Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham are all set to return, and we can expect the addition of a new face to the gang, as well.

The official PBS trailer for Series 2 has arrived and actually looks quite a bit different than its ITV counterpart which was released to promote the show’s UK return earlier this year. It’s geared a bit more obviously toward those who may have missed out on Series 1, and focuses more on the premise behind the show – and the women who solve crimes – than on the actual plot of the mysteries themselves.

Watch for yourselves below:

Category:Drama

‘Call the Midwife’ Series 3 to Bow March 30: Watch the First PBS Trailer

The highly anticipated third series of heartwarming period drama Call the Midwife is officially set to premiere on PBS stations nationwide beginning Sunday, March 30.

Midwife’s third season will be comprised of eight new episodes and will run from March 30 - May 18. Stars Jessica Raine, Helen George, Pam Ferris and Miranda Hart are all back, with plenty of drama left from last season to deal with. After the dramatic events of the 2013 Christmas episode, Series 3 finds everyone’s favorite midwives in 1959 on the eve of the Swinging Sixties, and facing big changes on all fronts. 

Get details and watch the first PBS trailer below. 

Category:Theater

Benedict Cumberbatch Does Tom Stoppard For National Theatre 50th Anniversary

Britain’s National Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary last year – much like several other  well-known British institutions, including the Rolling Stones and, of course, Doctor Who. For those that don’t know, the NT is one of the UK’s two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. It presents a varied program, staging everything from Shakespeare and international classic dramas to new and modern works by contemporary playwrights.

In honor of this landmark birthday for a national institution, a star-studded celebration was held last Fall and broadcast around the country. This once in a lifetime event featured excerpts from many of the plays and musicals put on by the National Theatre over the past fifty years, performed by a wide array of British acting greats, as well as loads of archival footage. And by "wide array", we mean basically every fabulous British actor you can think of - including Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peneleope Wilton, Andrew Scott and lots more.  
Category:Drama

WATCH: The ‘Sherlock’ Cast and Crew Dish What’s Ahead in Series 3

As you may have heard, new behind-the-scenes documentary Unlocking Sherlock is streaming online in full prior to its on-air debut January 12, and it takes a look at how popular mystery series Sherlock came to be. This is, of course, all completely well and good and fascinating – the film is a totally worthwhile way to spend an hour or so of your time.

However, if you’re a Sherlock fan, what you probably really want to know about after a two-year hiatus is as much scoop as humanly possible on the new episodes, and what Series 3 will look like. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds. 

Category:Drama

‘Sherlock’ Plus ‘Downton Abbey’ Equals the Best Sunday Nights Ever in 2014

Basically, we’re all counting down to the New Year not because we want to celebrate turning over a new calendar page or anything, but because crossing into 2014 means that two of the most (if not absolute most) highly anticipated pieces of British television will be just days away from airing. Megahits Downton Abbey  and Sherlock are both set to return to US television screens this January, airing back-to-back on Sunday nights, and fans everywhere are basically beside themselves with excitement.

PBS has put together a special promo touting the fact that Sunday nights in January are about to become a Very Big Deal with the back-to-back airings of two of the networks biggest hits to date.  The new spot features snippets from both shows – sadly, predominantly from earlier seasons – along a similar theme that looks to the future.

Watch the new double-feature promo for yourselves below – and start getting excited for Sunday nights!

Category:Drama

WATCH: The PBS Preview for the 'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special

Get ready to head back to Nonnatus House – we’re just a few short days away from the Call the Midwife holiday special! And, to celebrate, PBS has released the first US preview for the popular 1950s period drama.

And, from the looks of things, we can expect more of the show’s trademark mix of heartfelt humor and emotion.

Watch the trailer for the holiday special for yourselves below:

Category:Drama

Watch: The First PBS Promo for Upcoming Holiday Special ‘Mr Stink’

Mr. Stink, a feature-length drama adapted from the popular children’s novel written by David Walliams, will premiere this December as part of PBS’s special line-up of holiday programming.

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville stars as the titular Mr. Stink - a role that seems quite a bit removed from the uber-posh Lord Robert Grantham. A particularly odiferous homeless man with more than a few secrets of his own, Mr. Stink is befriended by a lonely twelve-year-old girl named Chloe, who lets him stay in her garden shed.
Sheridan Smith, Isabella Blake-Thomas
and Johnny Vegas also star in this heartwarming holiday tale.

Watch the first trailer from PBS below to get a better feel for the show. It looks wonderfully ridiculous.

Category:Drama

Prepare Your Emotions: A Full 'Sherlock' Series 3 Trailer is Here

So, remember what I was saying earlier about a positive avalanche of new Sherlock material emerging over the past couple of weeks, by way of apology for making us all wait two years for Series 3? Well, the most awesome bit of all may have arrived at last. (And it’s so awesome, I’m breaking my own personal rule about posting on the blog twice in a row about the same subject.  I expect you’ll all forgive me.)

Yes, an actual full minute long trailer for Series 3 premiere  The Empty Hearse is here, and it’s amazing. There’s actual dialogue, and footage, and a fairly big emotional punch in the gut at the same time.

Category:Drama

New 'Downton Abbey' US Teaser Trailer!

We’re now just about two months away from the US premiere of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey and it seems fair to say that most American fans are beyond excited to see what’s in store for our favorite characters after the dramatic (and traumatic) events of Series 3.

As we inch closer to the Series 4 premiere date of January 5, 2014, more and more goodies pertaining to the new season are starting to appear courtesy of the lovely folks at PBS and Masterpiece, to help us get through the torturous final few weeks of waiting (and ease our annoyance at our British friends who are watching it right now!)

A brand new Downton teaser trailer has been released, complete with some new footage that isn’t part of the initial Series 4 trailer that was released back at the beginning of October. In this – sadly, quite brief – clip, you’ll get a look at many of your favorite returning characters, as well as some new faces, who primarily seem to be of the “potential love interest” variety.

Watch for yourselves below.

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