On PBS, also on the 4th, will be the first new Downton Abbey episode.
The next night, January 5th, Broadchurch begins its eight-part series two. You can watch a promo here.
Finally, or firstly, don’t forget the Call the Midwife holiday special airing on December 25th on PBS. Here’s a preview.
Two new crime dramas begin next week on the BBC.
Hinterland is set in Wales. DCI Tom Mathias, fresh from the Met in London, will investigate four separate crimes. The first concerns the dark past of a former children’s home. The show will air on Monday, April 28th at 9. Here’s a promo.
Interesting Fact: The filming of Hinterland appears to have been quite the undertaking – brutal weather aside; they had to film all the scenes with dialogue twice. Once in English and once in Welsh!
Reminder: Series 2 of The Bletchley Circle and Series 3 of Call the Midwife are currently airing on Sundays on PBS. You can catch up on the first few episodes of both online.
These shows have already aired (or are currently running) in the UK, but US fans won’t have to wait for too long —
Series 3 of Call The Midwife will debut on March 30th.
The second series of The Bletchley Circle will begin on Sunday, April 13th.
Last Tango in Halifax, series 2, will air starting June 29th.
Visit PBS for more information about these and other shows coming in 2014.
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.
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.
Amidst all the new tv drama premieres in the UK here are two PBS shows for North American viewers:
First, Call the Midwife season two began showing on Sunday nights on March 31st. Fans can look forward to seven more episodes, as well as (eventually) a Christmas special, of this glass half full drama about midwives working in East London in the 1950s. The first episode is available online at PBS.
Second is The Bletchley Circle starting on Sunday, April 21st. This three-part murder mystery is set in post WWII London. A group of women use the top-secret code breaking skills that they acquired during the war to track a serial killer. You can check out a promo here.
Aside: For UK Endeavour fans the date for the series one premiere has now been set – Sunday, April 14th at 8pm on ITV.