Call the Midwife Christmas Special on PBS

Call the Midwife’s Christmas special is set to air on the BBC on December 24th and for once North American viewers will not have to wait much longer — PBS has announced that it will air the special on December 29th.

Season 3 of the series will begin airing on PBS on Sunday, March 30th, 2014.

 

Holiday Season on the BBC

The BBC is cramming a lot of excellent drama into the end of this year and the beginning of the next. 

Last Tango in Halifax will complete its second series on December 24th, Call the Midwife has its Christmas special on the 25th, the adaptation of P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley will air its three episodes on December 26th, 27th and 28th, and on December 30th will be the one-off adaptation of mystery novel, The Thirteenth Tale, starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Now for the new year — not only is Sherlock returning on New Year’s Day, but episode two (John’s wedding!) will follow quickly on the 5th.  On January 6th, Father Brown returns for the first of 10 new episodes, with a new episode airing each weekday afternoon.  Also returning in the first week of January is long-running series Silent Witness.

Happy Holidays!

Poirot Soon to Solve his Last Case

The final four episodes of ITV’s Poirot begin with The Big Four on Wednesday, October 23rd.  The Belgian sleuth will be reunited with Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.  By the time the last episode (Curtain) airs David Suchet will have brought to life each of Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories.

Here is a short promo/tribute.

New BBC Drama Trailer and 2 shows Available Online at PBS

The BBC’s fall/winter schedule is looking good – The Paradise series 2, Death Comes to Pemberley, Last Tango In Halifax series 2, and much more.

You can check out the trailer here.

For fans of The Paradise there is also a summary of what to expect in series 2 and a brief promo.

US viewers can now indulge in all of the 1870s lavish department store drama of the first season on Sundays on PBS.  You can watch the first episode here.

Also available online for a limited time at PBS is the first series of the very charming comedy/drama Last Tango in Halifax.  The last of the six episodes will air this Sunday (October 13) at 8.

Reminder: Foyle’s War is Back on PBS and Still Life Comes to the CBC

Tonight (Sunday, September 15) at 9pm, Foyle’s War returns to PBS after over three years.  The new seventh series is set in the post war era with Foyle now working for MI5.  You can watch a preview here.

Still Life, the adaptation of Louise Penny’s first Gamache book, will also air tonight on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

BBC and ITV Fall/Winter Drama Trailers

You can see the ITV trailer here.  Watch for artful references to classic series of the past – Prime Suspect, Morse — as well as for glimpses of Vera, Whitechapel, The Bletchley Circle, Poirot, Downton Abbey…

The BBC’s promo is here and gives hints of Sherlock, Quirke, Ripper Street and much more.

Very slick and exciting!

Whitechapel Series Four Starts Tonight

Fans of the wonderfully atmospheric crime drama Whitechapel will be happy to know that series four debuts tonight (Wednesday, September 4th) at 9 on ITV.

The series will be divided into three two-part stories.  You can read a synopsis of the first episode here and watch a clip here.