PBS Announces 2014 Winter/Spring Schedule

The following is a guest post.

Britophiles in America can breathe a sigh of relief. PBS has finally announced their programming plans for the first five months of 2014. I know you’ll all want to jot these dates down, so grab a pencil and paper and let’s crack on, shall we?

Downton Abbey

Currently airing in the UK, series four of this international phenomenon is set to premiere in the States on Sunday, January 5th at 9:00 pm. The eight episodes in this series will run through February 23rd.

While the cast has been sworn to secrecy, we do know that the story picks up six months after the death of Matthew. There will be new attitudes, new fashions and new characters, as well as some disturbing events…according to the rumblings I’ve heard in the “spoilerverse”anyhow.


In an unusual turn of events, the BBC has not yet announced its Sherlock air dates so PBS has apparently beaten them to the punch. On three consecutive Sundays starting January 19th at 10 pm, Sherlock fans will delight in a trio of new mysteries, “The Empty Hearse”, “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow.”

New cases aside, we’re all breathless to find out how Sherlock cheated death in “The Reichenbach Fall” episode. If you just can’t wait until January, I’ve obtained the answer from a very reliable source:

The bigger picture, of course, is that for three glorious weeks, viewers will get treated to a double dose of quality British telly – Downton from 9-10 and Sherlock from 10-11:30. Sunday afternoons might require a preemptive nap…

Call the Midwife

This highly anticipated and well-loved show returns for a third series on Sunday, March 30th at 8:00 pm and runs eight weeks through May 18th.

(Good news! We do get to see the CTM Holiday Special much sooner- more about that in another post.)

Call the Midwife is set to return in May.

As we return to the East London neighborhood of Poplar in 1959, we hope to learn the fate of Nonnatus House, perhaps witness the wedding of Sheila (formerly Sister Bernadette) and Dr. Turner and catch a glimpse of Chummy and Peter’s bundle of joy, little (or perhaps, not so little) Fred.

Mr. Selfridge

Also airing from March 30th to May 18th at 9:00 pm, PBS brings back this popular period drama about American entrepreneur Harry Selfridge and his pioneering London department store. Series two takes us ahead five years to 1914. Which begs the question, will the Great War affect business and, more importantly, will it hamper Harry’s chance to reunite with his family?

Mr. Selfridge on PBS


The Bletchley Circle

Former WWII code breakers at Bletchley Park, this circle of four very smart cookies are back this spring for a second series. For four Sundays from April 13th to May 4th at 10:00 pm, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean will no doubt put their noses where they don’t belong and eventually solve a mystery the proper authorities never could.

The cast of Bletchley Circle

As these dates approach, please check your local listings since some PBS affiliates may not follow the parent network schedule.

Which series are you looking forward to most? What programs would you like to see PBS (or other networks) offer in the coming year?

Carmen is an American wife and mother of two college students who live away from home. With her yellow lab Malcolm by her side, she watches and writes about British television for her own blog Everything I Know about the UK I Learned from the BBC. Read more of Carmen’s posts here.


  1. Andy says

    No spoilers (I promise), but I am watching the new series of Downton Abbey as it airs in the UK and can confirm this season is really excellent with some very surprising story lines!

    • says

      Silk was a part of the Masterpiece Mystery series and they do that in the fall. More episodes are being made so I’d look for it to be coming back in Fall 2014.

  2. Meghan says

    I am SO excited for Downton & Sherlock!!! I just could never get into Call the Midwife… but Downton and Sherlock are by far my two favourite shows on television!

  3. Marc Bridgham says

    CTM and Bletchley were two of my favorite discoveries from last year that I didn’t know wee coming back. Delightful news

  4. heather says

    Hoping that PBS can pick up “The Escape Artist” with David Tennant. Though more likely it will be on BBCAmerica.

    • says

      Yes, I was just thinking about where I could track down The Escape Artist, Heather:) I agree, BBC America usually handles all the David Tennant projects.

  5. Cindi says

    Thank God for British shows. Without them I’d have nothing to watch. Special interests are Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge! And Bomb Girls from Canada is also great.

    • Emily A says

      Last Tango in Halifax will be back some time in 2014. Per search on the internet, there will also be a third season. Didn’t see it on PBS schedule yet for 2014. I think it aired in the fall in 2013.

  6. marcia smith says

    Im a fan of all the english shows on PBS. I would love to see a series of Anne Perry’s Charlotte Pitt mysteries.

  7. Haas says

    I love all the shows from PBS. So glad to see that Derek Jacobi and “Last Tango In Halifax” will be back in June and July!

  8. Joan says

    I just saw the last installment of
    “Breathless”. All I can say is I am
    Going to be ‘breathless’, waiting
    For the next season.
    So happy there is British TV.

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