US Airdates

PBS Confirms 'Victoria' Season 2 Will Air in January 2018

A photo of Victoria, Albert and their daughter from "Victoria" Season 2. (Photo: Courtesy of GARETH GATTRELL/ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE)

It’s official: The highly-anticipated second season of popular period drama Victoria will premiere in January 2018 on Masterpiece.

Victoria’s first season was quite a success here in the U.S., clocking in at over 16.2 million viewers. That’s the second highest-rated PBS drama in 20 years – second, of course, only to the mega-popular Downton Abbey. So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Victoria is getting the exact same scheduling treatment Downton did.

BBC Drama ‘My Mother and Other Strangers’ Comes to Masterpiece in June

Aaron Stanton, Hattie Morahan and Owen McDonnell in they key art for "My Mother and Other Strangers" (Photo:  Courtesy of Steffan Hill/BBC 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

New period drama My Mother and Other Strangers is headed to PBS’ Masterpiece this summer. The five-part series premieres on Sunday, June 18 at 8pm, just ahead of the debut of the third season of popular mystery drama Grantchester.

The wartime drama chronicles the story of the Coyne family, who live in a remote village in Northern Ireland during World War II. But their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of hundreds of American fighter pilots, when a U.S. air base is established nearby. 

'Prime Suspect' Prequel Comes to Masterpiece This Summer!

The three leads of "Prime Suspect: Tennison". (Photo:  Courtesy of ITV Studios and NoHo Film & Television for ITV and MASTERPIECE)

The highly anticipated prequel to beloved crime drama Prime Suspect finally has an airdate!

The drama, greenlit to some degree thanks to the success of ITV’s popular Inspector Morse prequel franchise, Endeavour, will premiere on PBS beginning June 25, as part of this summer’s Masterpiece Mystery line-up. Though it was titled Prime Suspect 1973 during its ITV airing this past March, the series will be called Prime Suspect: Tennison here in the U.S., I suspect for issues of clarity. But whatever you call it, it’ll be interesting to see the character that Dame Helen Mirren made famous once more. 

'King Charles III' to Premiere on Masterpiece This May

Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles (Photo:  Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

The award-winning play King Charles III will be coming to a PBS station near you this May. Masterpiece presents a television adaptation of the Tony-nominated show, starring the late actor Tim Pigott Smith. He also performed the lead role in both the Broadway and West End productions, the latter of which won the Olivier Award for Best new Play in 2015.

The 90-minute drama airs Sunday, May 14 at 9pm. So mark your calendars now!

'Endeavour' Season 4 Will Air on Masterpiece This August

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in "Endeavour" Season 4. (Photo: ITV)

The highly anticipated fourth season of mystery series Endeavour finally has a US airdate! The Inspector Morse prequel will premiere on PBS this summer as part of Masterpiece Mystery, beginning on Sunday, August 20 at 9pm.

Stars Shaun Evans and Roger Allam are back as the young Endeavour Morse and his mentor, Detective Fred Thursday.

Season 4 is once again penned by acclaimed writer Russell Lewis and is comprised of four episodes, entitled “Game”, “Canticle”, “Lazaretto” and “Harvest”. 

'Grantchester' Season 3 Comes to Masterpiece in June

James Norton and Robson Green in "Grantchester" (Photo: ITV)

Good news for mystery fans! The new season of popular period mystery Grantchester will air in the U.S. this June. The drama’s third season will begin on Sunday, June 18 at 9pm. (So mark your calendars now!)

Stars James Norton and Robson Green will be back as the crime-solving duo of vicar Sidney Chambers and his partner Detective Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama is based on the “Grantchester Mysteries” books author James Runcie, and Season 3 will likely map to the third novel in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil.

Joanne Froggatt Serial Killer Drama ‘Dark Angel’ to Premiere on Masterpiece in May

Joanne Froggatt as Mary Cotton in "Dark Angel" (Photo: : Courtesy of Justin Slee/World Productions and MASTERPIECE)

The only truly great thing to come from the end of Downton Abbey is watching the popular period drama’s cast members move on to new projects. Michelle Dockery is busy playing a con artist on TNT’s Good Behavior. Dan Stevens is a powerful mutant on FX’s X-men drama Legion. Lily James played Cinderella, Natasha Rostova in War and Peace and a zombie-fighting version of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet.

Now it’s Joanne Froggatt’s turn. Froggatt, who played long-suffering ladies’ maid Anna Bates on Downton, has a new drama coming to Masterpiece this spring. And her role couldn’t be more different than sweet Anna Bates. She’s starring in Dark Angel, a drama that tells the story of infamous Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton. The series will premiere as part of the spring Masterpiece lineup, on Sunday, May 21st.

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