PBS Promos

Category:Drama

Watch: The Extended PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’

We’re a little over a month away from the US premiere of the highly anticipated Tudor-era series Wolf Hall and PBS has released a new, extended trailer with a ton of heretofore unseen footage from the period drama.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son who rose to greatness in the court of Henry VIII, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful and influential men in England. Cromwell, among many other things, was one of the primary architects behind the Protestant Reformation in England and helped engineer the dissolution of King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might wed his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Homeland’s Damian Lewis plays Henry VIII and Claire Foy plays Anne Boleyn. They’re joined by a rather fantastic array of British talent, including Jonathan Pryce, Jessica Raine, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Whatley and more. 

Category:Drama

Watch the First PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’ Coming In April

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) is set to air on Masterpiece this April and PBS has released its first teaser trailer for the Tudor-era drama.

The six-part series follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, a lowly blacksmith’s son who eventually became one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the primary architects of the English Reformation and helped to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance stars as Cromwell, along with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Upstairs Downstairs’ Claire Foy, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce and more. (Yeah, the cast for this is pretty amazing, right?)  

Category:Drama

Watch: Masterpiece Releases New ‘Downton Abbey’ ‘Official’ Series 5 Trailer

We’ve got just over a month to go until Downton Abbey Series 5 premieres in America, and promotion surrounding the new season is starting to kick into high gear.

In addition to a flurry of interesting behind the scenes clips and cast interviews, PBS has released what it’s calling the “official” Series 5 trailer, a new thirty second spot that highlights the many secrets being kept by the various members of the Crawley family and their staff.

Dun dun dun.

This new trailer is an interesting combination of moments we’ve seen previously – in either the first teaser or the early Season 5 trailer – along with a handful of tantalizing new shots. Just enough to help stoke the fires of excitement speculation just a bit higher, yeah?

Category:Drama

Watch: New ‘Downton Abbey’ Trailer to Help Americans Make It Through to January

PBS has provided American fans of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey with another fun little tidbit to help us all along on the long, long road to January and the US premiere of Season 5.

A new trailer has been released, which certainly seems to set the new season up as something that’s both incredibly dramatic, and incredibly emotional.

Set to a rather intense technopop backing track, we’re treated to shots of almost all the major characters, though Anna is merely heard instead of seen. There’s also no sign of Daisy, Tom or Isobel Crawley that I can tell, and it’s left for viewers to assume that Mrs. Hughes must be talking to Carson, offscreen in that bit of the scene you can’t see (I do, if only because in my world, Mrs. Hughes is almost always talking to Carson!) It’s likely that this because they featured those three characters fairly prominently in the first US Series 5 trailer but that’s just a guess. 

Category:Drama

Watch the New US Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey’ Series 5

It’s that time of year again where we American Downton Abbey fans seethe with unspoken jealousy toward our friends in the United Kingdom who officially started the new season of everyone’s favorite costume drama

While we’re obviously not quite as lucky as our friends across the pond (though, really, when are we ever when it comes to entertainment), we aren’t completely without Downton-related goodness . Masterpiece has released a brand-new US trailer promoting the Series 5 premiere.

Happily, this new clip features footage that we didn’t see in the original UK trailer released earlier this Fall, so even though they’re interspersed with snippets from its British counterpart, there’s plenty of new stuff for us to dissect.

Category:Drama

PBS Releases New Trailer for 'Death Comes to Pemberley,' Which Debuts This October

Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley – based on the popular novel of the same name by P.D. James – will officially premiere on Masterpiece in the US beginning October 26.

The lavish period drama imagines the lives of everyone’s favorite literary couple – Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy – six years into their marriage.  As the couple prepares for a ball at their magnificent Pemberley home, Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia returns, and brings a murder mystery along with her.

PBS has just released the first American trailer for the drama, which seems to assume (probably fairly correctly) that many of us haven’t read the novel and might need a little more backstory on this particular drama. It’s a pretty good overview of what the drama will look like, and features footage we didn’t see in the original UK trailer!

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.  

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