PBS Promos

The Final Season of ‘Wallander’ Airs on PBS Stations This May

One last time: Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander. (Photo: : Courtesy of Steffan Hill/Left Bank Pictures (Television) Limited/Yellow Bird 2015)

Sir Kenneth Branagh returns to PBS stations nationwide in his Emmy-nominated role as Inspector Kurt Wallander for a final run of the beloved mystery series Wallander beginning on Sunday, May 8.

Based on the novels of the late Henning Mankell, the series’ fourth and final season will be comprised of three feature-length episodes – The White Lioness, A Lesson in Love and The Troubled Man – as Wallander is forced to face toughest battle yet as he starts to lose his memory. His greatest fear is that he is succumbing to the same disease that felled his father: Alzheimer’s.

Despite his concerns, Wallander keeps burning his candle at both ends, dodging knives, bullets, vicious dogs, homicidal motorcyclists, and a sense that he is losing his focus. Will mishap, medical leave, suspension, or a well-earned retirement be his final exit from this punishing profession? 

PBS Releases a New Trailer for Final Season of ‘Downton Abbey‘

PBS and Masterpiece have released another trailer for the highly anticipated final season of Downton Abbey that is basically meant to capitalize on the fact that fans everywhere are basically drowning in a sea of emotions as they count down the days to the Season 6 premiere. (There’s also an earlier trailer here, in case you missed that and want to double whammy yourself with feels. Just FYI.)

This clip is 100% meant to capitalize on all of your nostalgia and affection and OMG, I still miss Matthew how is it possible it’s been like three years by interspersing voiceovers from the new season with clips of many of your favorite moments from episodes past. Along with an incredible ton of references to various permutations of the word “end” or “ending”.

PBS Previews ‘Indian Summers’, Premiering on Masterpiece in September

Lavish period drama Indian Summers begins on Masterpiece this September. The nine-part stars the always amazing Julie Walters as the glamorous doyenne of a group of English socialites living in India in 1932 during the time of the British Raj.

The series has something of a Downton Abbey meets Jewel in the Crown vibe – the promos indicate that there are plenty of class issues, ill-advised romantic entanglements, beautiful sets and incredibly gorgeous costumes to go around.

PBS has released a new trailer that not only features Walters at her sort of overdramatic, fabulous best, but also adds in a bit more context than some of the initial British promos – you know for those of us who aren’t quite as familiar with this time period and/or location in history.

‘Vicious’ Season 2 to Premiere on PBS Stations This August

The highly anticipated second season of Vicious, the ITV sitcom starring acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi as a bickering, co-dependent gay couple is coming to America at last!

This is great news, since we’ve been waiting quite a while for the show to continue – Season 2 was commissioned way back in September 2013 and originally aired here in the US last summer. Due to the very busy schedules of both its leads, it took quite a bit of time for new episodes to be produced, but now we can finally see the continuing adventures of Freddie and Stuart for ourselves.

Get Your First Look at the Upcoming ‘Sherlock’ Special

I’m officially home from a wonderful long weekend at San Diego Comic Con, also known as nerd nirvana. I saw a lot of cool stuff and geeked out about a lot of things, so bear with me as I recap a few of them.

Probably the best thing I saw at Comic Con this past weekend was a panel featuring several members of the Sherlock cast and crew, including creator Steven Moffat, executive producer Sue Vertue and star Rupert Graves.

The group chatted and took questions from fans for roughly an hour, touching on wide ranging topics from the show’s upcoming Victorian special episode to how to write comedy to what makes Sherlock so popular. It was a very enlightening and entertaining panel, just from a topical sense – and that’s before they dropped the first new Sherlock footage we’ve seen in the better part of two years.

Period Drama 'The Crimson Field' Begins June 21 on PBS

Heads up for those who love dramatic World War I stories! Period drama The Crimson Field finally comes to America this week on PBS stations nationwide.

The six-part series tells the story of World War I’s frontline medics – their hopes, fears, triumphs and tragedies. In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers works together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. The hospital is a frontier: between the battlefield and home front, but also between the old rules, hierarchies and a new way of thinking.

Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, MI-5’s Hermoine Morris and Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones star as volunteer nurses who must deal daily with injuries, casualties and death. (In some ways it’s a bit like Call the Midwife but set during the Great War.) These women arrived in France in 1915, as part of the Voluntary Aid Detachments (or VADs), who were the first volunteers at the field hospitals there.

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