Jessica Jørgensen | Dec 15, 2017 | 6
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
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
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
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