'Endeavour' Season 5 Will Premiere in the U.S. This June

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in "Endeavour' (Photo: Courtesy of (C) Mammoth Screen/MASTERPIECE/ITV Studios)

It’s finally official: Endeavour Season 5 is headed to America! Of course, this is in no way surprising, given that the drama has already been renewed for a sixth season and PBS’ Masterpiece has aired every previous outing of the mystery series to date. But, we now know the most important factor: When we’ll be seeing the latest season for ourselves.

Endeavour Season 5 will premiere on PBS stations around the country beginning Sunday, June 24. Mark your calendars. [And insert appropriate cheers and celebratory noises here.)

‘Jamestown’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 2

Jocelyn, Alice and the parish priest in "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 201)

Previously on Jamestown: After over a decade of rough living, the men of the Jamestown settlement send off to England for the 17th century version of mail order brides. Three of these women – posh Jocelyn, spunky Verity and sweet Alice – arrive in Virginia, looking to start over and leave their dark pasts behind and build new lives in the New World with one another, and with the men to whom they are promised. Jocelyn seeks her own ambitions beside the kind but rather dull Samuel, Verity finds herself pledged to the town drunk, and Alice is set to marry Henry, a rough farmer who ends up raping her before she’s even been at the settlement for 24 hours. Luckily, her terrible husband-to-be has an extremely hot brother named Silas, who likes Alice so much he’s willing to let his own brother burn to death so they can be together. In short, this show is amazing and things are only going to get more insane from here. (If you need more detail, we have a full recap right here.)

Jamestown’s second episode is another overly dramatic ride, but one that’s perhaps a bit more realistic about the prospects of women during the time period in which this show takes place. Yes, Jocelyn, Verity and Alice are all still fascinating figures and certainly worthy and interesting characters in their own rights. However, it’s possible that the series’ premiere made us all a bit too optimistic about the lives these women might have a chance at leading here in the new world, for better and for worse. 

'National Treasure: Kiri' is Streaming on Hulu

Sarah Lancashire and Felicia Mukasa in "I(Photo Credit: Hulu)

Fans of Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, rejoice! You can now catch this wildly talented actress in the new Hulu mini-series National Treasure: Kiri. (And before you ask, it has nothing to do with Nicolas Cage on a American history scavenger hunt.)

This much buzzed about contemporary crime/mystery aired on Channel 4 in the UK back in January of this year, becoming that network's most watched drama series ever. Centered around the abduction and murder of Kiri Akindele, a young black girl in the foster care system, the four-episode mini-series examines the factors of race and family relationships in the aftermath of these tragic events.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 4

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Mumtaz Gani (Balvinder Sopal) (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

I think we can all agree last week’s episode of Call the Midwife left everyone rather gloomy and depressed. The Lunt family suffered devasting illness and loss, Magda’s desperate actions resulted in her departure from the Turners’ employ and a sacrificial breakup with Christopher left Trixie vulnerable enough to abandon her sobriety. Check out all the discouraging details here.

Thankfully, this latest installment provided viewers with a bit more of that reassuring hope we’ve come to expect from the midwives. Trixie and Sister Monica Joan make life-changing choices and a childless woman works through the pain of an unorthodox solution arranged by her Pakistani relatives.

‘Jamestown’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 1

The three leading ladies of "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 2017)

Get ready everybody, our new period drama obsession is here. Welcome to Jamestown.

For those of you who don’t know, Jamestown is a period drama from the producers of Downton Abbey. It’s set in the 17th century Virginia colony of the same name, and follows the story of three independent and very different women seeking a new life in the New World. The series, at the moment, is currently only available to stream online in the U.S. and, despite being a Masterpiece program, won’t actually air on television. You can see all eight episodes now on the PBS Passport service, an online member benefit that provides users with access to an online library of public television programming. Jamestown will also be streaming weekly on the Amazon PBS Masterpiece channel, but if you don’t want to wait to get your binge on, your best option is activating Passport right now.

Now, with all that technical business behind us, let’s get down to the fun part. Talking about the show.

British Actors You Should Know: Tobias Menzies

As you may have already heard, Tobias Menzies has been cast to take over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith in Season 3 of Netflix period drama The Crown. Menzies has signed on for the next two seasons, with shooting to begin this summer in the UK. He will be joined by Olivia Colman who will be playing Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter as the new Princess Margaret.

This 44-year-old actor has had a prolific career thus far and, if you watch much television, you’re sure to have seen him in something. But just in case Menzies' name or face is unfamiliar, we’ve put together a quick list of his credits to get you acquainted with the newest Crown cast member.

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