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PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule Revealed: Period Dramas, Mysteries, & More

PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule Revealed: Period Dramas, Mysteries, & More


While the Christmas season is already underway with several awesome specials coming to us over the holidays, PBS just announced their upcoming and awesome Winter/Spring 2018 schedule. From Victoria season 2, the release date of Little Women, to a drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, there are series for everyone to be excited about.

Take a look and be sure to mark your calendars! Note: I only include series relevant to The Silver Petticoat Review. For the full PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule, check out the official press release here.


PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

(Order By Release Date)

#1: Masterpiece Premiere: Victoria Season 2

Victoria, season 2; PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule Revealed: Period Dramas, Mysteries, & More

Credit: Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE

Official Synopsis: “The dazzling series returns with Jenna Coleman as the feisty rookie monarch, Tom Hughes as her smoldering consort, Prince Albert, and Dame Diana Rigg joining the acting ensemble. Season 2 takes place against the backdrop of the early years of the Industrial Revolution, when society is changing as fast as the queen’s growing family.”

When To Watch: Sundays, January 14-21, 9-11 pm, January 28-February 25, 9-10 pm ET

Why To Tune In: Because Victoria is an enjoyable period drama escape show. It’s also the perfect series to fill that January Downton Abbey void! And romantic. If you didn’t see Victoria Season 1 yet, you still have time to binge…

#2: Call the Midwife Season 7 Premiere

Official Synopsis: “Poplar welcomes Lucille Anderson, the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Tested as never before, the nuns and nurses face challenging issues, from leprosy, tokophobia and stroke to Huntington’s chorea and unmarried mothers.”

When To Watch: Sundays, March 25, 8-10 pm, April 1-May 6, 8-9 pm ET

Why To Tune In: Some shows lose their steam as the seasons progress, but not Call the Midwife. The quality of writing and acting remain top notch every single season. I’m sure season 7 won’t be any different. Plus, I’m looking forward to the new series regular!

#3: Masterpiece’s The Child in Time

The Child in Time | PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule Revealed: Period Dramas, Mysteries, & More

Credit: Courtesy of Pinewood Television, SunnyMarch TV and MASTERPIECE for BBC One and MASTERPIECE

Credit: Courtesy of Pinewood Television, SunnyMarch TV and MASTERPIECE for BBC One and MASTERPIECE

Official Synopsis: “A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan’s haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).”

When To Watch: Sunday, April 1, 9-10:30 pm ET

Why To Tune In: The cast alone implies a high-quality program. However, the film is also adapted from an Ian McEwan novel who knows how to tell a beautiful story.

#4: Masterpiece’s Unforgotten

Official Synopsis: Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers) star as police officers investigating the cold-case murder of a boy whose diary implicates four seemingly unconnected couples in a thriller that The Guardian (UK) hailed as “so much more than a satisfying murder mystery.”

When To Watch: Sundays, April 8-May 13, 9-10:30 pm ET

Why To Tune In: No one can do a murder mystery quite like the British.

#5: Masterpiece’s Little Women

Little Women | PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule Revealed: Period Dramas, Mysteries, & More

Little Women Photo Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC, and Playground

Official Synopsis: “As engaging today as in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s story follows sisters Jo (Maya Hawke), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Beth (Annes Elwy) and Amy (Kathryn Newton) who, together with Laurie (Jonah Hauer-King), journey to adulthood. The cast also includes Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker and Michael Gambon.”

When To Watch: Sundays, May 13, at 8-9 pm ET; May 20, at 8-10 pm ET

Why To Tune In: How can you not be excited about the new adaptation? Counting down the days…

#6: The Great American Read

Official Synopsis: Examine the power, passion and joy of reading, gauged through America’s 100 best-loved books chosen by the public. The multi-part series features reflections from everyday Americans, as well as figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds, culminating in the first national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Book.”

When To Watch: May 22, 8-10 pm ET

Why To Tune In: This show is for book lovers. Help choose the top 1oo American novels!

What shows will you be watching from the PBS Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule? Sound off below…


Featured image: Victoria/Credit: Courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE

About The Author

Autumn Topping

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile,” L.M. Montgomery. In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn’t stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she’s always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and also graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works at The New York Public Library as a YA Librarian.

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