Masterpiece 2015

‘Wolf Hall’ to Premiere on Masterpiece in April 2015

Wolf Hall, the highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning-pair of Tudor-era novels, has an official American airdate! The drama will debut as part of the upcoming Spring schedule on PBS’s Masterpiece, and will premiere on April 5.

The six-part series will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, from lowly blacksmith’s son to chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Among other things, Cromwell was a chief architect of the English Reformation, helping to engineer the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon, in order to allow the king to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. He was also instrumental in Anne’s later fall from grace, negotiated Henry VIII’s fourth marriage to Anne of Cleves and instituted widespread (and extensive) religious reforms.

BBC ‘Poldark’ Remake Headed to Masterpiece in 2015

Good news for fans of lavish period dramas – the BBC’s splashy upcoming remake of the classic period drama Poldark is coming to America on Masterpiece in 2015.

Interestingly enough, the original Poldark also screened on Masterpiece Theater in the 1970s, and starred Robin Ellis in the title role. Poldark was one of the BBC’s first costume dramas and remains beloved on both sides of the Pond.

Set in Cornwall in 1793, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, a brooding British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War who finds his home life much changed. He finds his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin.

Julie Walters to Star in Period Drama ‘Indian Summers’, Slated for Masterpiece Airing in 2015

Prepare yourselves, Anglophiles, your next sumptuous period drama fix is here. Or it will be, in the not too distant future.

Titled Indian Summers, this forthcoming drama from Channel 4 and PBS stars iconic actress Julie Walters in a ten-part series focused on the final years of British colonial rule in India. Basically, it seems as though this series is meant to be a sort of Indian Empire Downton Abbey, telling the story of the decline of the British Empire and the rise of modern India, from all sides. (Or, that’s what I’d like it to be, so that’s how I’m choosing to interpret the initial plot synopsis at any rate.)

Walters, who is a two-time Academy Award nominee and played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, will be joined by an all-star cast that includes fellow Potter alum Henry-Lloyd Hughes, The Borgias Jemima West, Bedlam’s Nikesh Patel, Lilette Dubey, Mr. Selfridge’s Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott and many more. Indian Summers marks Walters’ first role since her appearance in Shakespeare miniseries The Hollow Crown a few years ago.

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