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?
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.
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.