A moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit expectant mothers, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
Created by Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey has quickly become the most-watched program in PBS’ history. Led by Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and many others, the all-star cast brings to life the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family and their servants in the English countryside. Spanning the years of pre-war England through the storms of World War I and into the social upheaval of England in the 1920s, viewers are captivated by the grand estate whose inhabitants are shaped by romance, heartbreak, scandals, and betrayal.
Sherlock Holmes is updated for a new generation with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Martin Freeman as Watson. The combination of Sherlock's intellect and Watson's pragmatism helps them forge an unbreakable alliance as they solve a series of baffling crimes together.
Wahoo – get out there and explore! The Magic School Bus takes teacher extraordinaire Ms. Frizzle and her enthusiastic, inquisitive students on cliff-hanging field trips into the human body, inside an ant colony, and far out into space. The series, based on the best-selling Scholastic books, transforms the world into a fresh and funny science laboratory - each time with a new destination.
Aimlessly roaming the universe, the ramshackle crew of spaceship Red Dwarf encounters alien pods, mutated viruses and distorted time. This international Emmy award-winning series boldly goes where no one in their right mind would even bother, taking viewers on a joyride three million years into the future.
Created by Daisy Goodwin, this ambitious drama presents the early years of one of history’s greatest monarchs. A saga of interlocking circles from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles, and unrequited love, at the center of which stands the new Queen (Jenna Coleman)—a strong, complex, and willful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon.
It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it.
With 28 Emmys and a slew of other prestigious awards, Disney's resident way-cool scientist knows how to get kids fired up about science. From Earth science to complex discussions on genetics, Bill Nye's enthusiasm for all things science is contagious.
Home Fires follows a group of inspirational women in a rural English community where the shadow of World War II is casting a dark cloud over their lives. The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war. As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world. Inspired by the book Jambusters, Julie Summers’ enthralling history of the Women’s Institute in WWII, the six-part series stars acclaimed actresses Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Reckless) as bitter rivals, as well as Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey), Ruth Gemmell (Fever Pitch), Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel), and Ed Stoppard (Upstairs, Downstairs).
He's surly, self-centered, rude, and uptight, but he's the only doctor in town. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) stars as Doc Martin, a hotshot London surgeon forced to change careers when he develops a fear of blood. Relocating to a sleepy, scenic Cornish fishing village, he offends everyone in town and falls in love with a beautiful teacher.
This is the story of a troubled woman drawn ever deeper into a career of casual murder, while her loved ones and friends, who were also her victims, never suspected a thing. Golden Globe-winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) portrays the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, a child of the northeast England coal fields who dreamed of escaping the hard life of a miner’s family.
From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies comes this enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about love and marriage. Marianne wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby. Her sister Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment. Will the sisters find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the six-hour miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. From humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past, Thomas Cromwell (Rylance) is the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII (Lewis). Told from Cromwell’s perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation. A historical drama for a modern audience, this unromanticized re-telling lifts the veil on the internal struggles England faced on the brink of Reformation. At the center of it all is Cromwell, navigating the moral complexities that accompany the exercise of power, trapped between his desire to do what is right and his instinct to survive.
Fond of whisky, jazz, and women, Reverend Sidney Chambers gives clergymen a fresh image. In GRANTCHESTER, a young vicar and a veteran cop join forces to solve baffling murders around a placid English village in 1953. James Norton stars as Reverend Chambers, with Robson Green as Inspector Geordie Keating, in this six-part drama based on James Runcie’s acclaimed "Grantchester Mysteries."
Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot, in thrilling crime stories set in Yorkshire. Based on the hugely successful Inspector Banks novels from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson, this series features carefully worked stories crammed with twists and turns, and intriguing and memorable characters.
"The Great British Baking Show" is the ultimate baking battle in which passionate amateur bakers compete with the goal to be named the UK's best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country's best amateur baker by testing the competitors' skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition.
In 1959, after decades away from his native Australia—studying medicine in Scotland, serving in World War II and living in China—Blake returns to his rural hometown to run his late father’s medical practice. But life does not remain peaceful for long, as the inquisitive and erudite Blake finds himself drawn into the quest to solve murders that confound local law enforcement.
Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this original PBS Masterpiece Theatre mystery series stars Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle. Set in the beautiful southern English countryside amid the disorder and danger of World War II, Foyle's War takes place far from the glory of the front. His is an ordinary struggle-against everyday evil-in extraordinarily dangerous times.
Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez solves crimes against the dramatic backdrop of the Shetland Islands. Not all is what it seems in this close-knit island community. Based on Ann Cleeves’s bestselling crime novels.
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, this series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House). Also starring are Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary), Aisling Loftus (Page Eight), Zoe Tapper (Zen), Amanda Abbington (Case Histories), and Samuel West (Any Human Heart). Who knew shopping could be like this!
From award winning writer Sally Wainwright comes this uplifting comedy drama about romance and second chances. Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited on the internet after nearly 60 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and with family comes baggage. Celia's respectable, head teacher daughter Caroline is juggling bringing up two boys and dealing with her husband's infidelity, while Alan's rebellious, complicated middle-aged daughter Gillian struggles to make a living on a beautiful but bleak farm. How will these two very different women cope with their parents' announcement that they've decided to get married?
NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly.
A thrilling crime drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright. Detective Constable Rachel Bailey is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single. Her partner, Detective Constable Janet Scott, is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother. They both work for Manchester Metropolitan Police's prestigious Murder Investigation Team and, despite the obvious differences between them, they make a formidable team.
Fred Rogers was a pioneer in children's television who created a place where children feel safe, respected and cared for. For more than forty years "Mister Rogers" has served as a trusted guide to help children learn about themselves, their neighbors and the world around them.
Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
From PBS and MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! - It is the eve of the Darcys’ annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley estate. Darcy and Elizabeth, now six years married, are relaxing with their guests after supper when the festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. A scream calls them to the window and a hysterical Lydia Wickham tumbles out of a carriage shrieking, “Murder!” What follows is the somber discovery of a dead man in Pemberley woods, a brother accused of murder, and the beginning of a nightmare that will threaten to engulf Pemberley and all the Darcys hold dear. Adapted from P.D. James’ clever whodunit, this delicious homage to Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this!
From PBS and Nature - Nature has been the benchmark of natural history programs on television, capturing the splendors of the natural world from the African plains to the Antarctic ice. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. As the most watched documentary film series on public television, Nature delivers the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. Nature is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET New York Public Media.
Screen adaptations of Shakespeare's History plays that give a dramatic account of the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and the Wars of the Roses.
This warm, light-hearted detective drama is a fish-out-of-water story about a quintessential English policeman posted to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. To anyone else it would be paradise, but for Detective Inspector Richard Poole it's hell! Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn't used to their style of policing. But he finds his brilliant detective skills combine well with the local police to help solve a series of mysterious murders. Will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie.
In this landmark living history series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. Host Michael Mosley joins a group of 21st century families as they move in and experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor. Progressing decade by decade, the Slum residents begin life in the tough conditions of the 1860s, when London was the capital of the world’s first industrial superpower and the richest city on earth. Most manage to get by, but putting food on the table and paying the rent involves hours of hard labor. As the slum dwellers move into the 1870s and the 1880s, they are faced with a dire economic depression and increasing competition for jobs; and revolution is in the air. Things get better for some in the 1890s, as Victorian Britain’s economy picks up but it’s during the early 1900s that progressive social change starts to make a real difference. Through their incredible journey they discover the extraordinary story of how the Victorian East End changed Britain’s attitude to poverty forever.
Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) stars as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.
From PBS - The story, sound, and soul of a nation come together in the most American of art forms: Jazz. Ken Burns celebrates the music's soaring achievements, from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop, and fusion. Six years in the making, this "soundbreaking" series blends 75 interviews with major artists, such as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck, and critics; more than 500 pieces of music; 2,400 still photographs; and 2,000 rare and archival film clips including performances by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! follows the adventures 6-year-old best friends, Sally and Nick, as they are whisked off on extraordinary voyages of scientific discovery with the Cat in the Hat. In the Cat’s quintessentially Seussian vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, they fly, float, rocket, and even shrink down to the size of a bee, to explore natural wonders from the bottom of the ocean to the treetops of the rain forest. Along for the ride are the Cat’s zany helpers Thing One and Thing Two, and one very nervous Fish.
From PBS - Simon Schama presents an epic five-part series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. Drawing on original scholarship and Schama's own family history, this is a story that is at once deeply historical and utterly contemporary, taking viewers on a journey from the Biblical past to tomorrow's front pages.
Daphne du Maurier’s tale of romance, suspense, and jealousy is brought to life in this lavish Masterpiece Theatre production.
Experience powerful investigative storytelling that answers only to you. From criminal justice to politics to global issues, the reporting of PBS' flagship public affairs series takes you inside the controversial, complex stories shaping our times.
Based on the stories of G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown, follows the crime-solving priest of St. Mary's Catholic Church in the fictional village of Kembleford in the early 1950s. The mild-mannered priest looks unremarkable, but his gentle nature and slightly crumpled look belie a razor-sharp wit and intellect.
Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, The Forsyte Saga chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I. Superior, arrogant and confident, the Forsytes are the ultimate power family.
From PBS - Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to discover extraordinary stories behind six remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. Explore the history and power of these great ideas.
The original Emmy® Award-winning nine-part series is now digitally restored to archive the highest definition for optimal picture quality. From PBS - Ken Burns' Emmy Award-winning documentary brings to life America's most destructive — and defining — conflict. The Civil War is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president, and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one.
Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley travels back in time to the Tudor Court of England’s Henry VIII to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of his six wives. Combining drama based on eyewitness accounts and historical sources with Lucy’s own contemporary historical commentary, Lucy moves seamlessly from the present to the past. In a world run by men where the King held ultimate power, each Queen found their own unique methods of asserting their influence. For the first time, it is these women’s stories that Lucy sets out to uncover, witness, and explore—while at the same time, she offers her own take on King Henry himself.
From PBS and Masterpiece - David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm, who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname--The Escape Artist. Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) portrays Will's wife Kate, mother to his son Jamie and the rock of his world. Much to the aggravation of his courtroom rival, Maggie Gardner (Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda), Will is in high demand, as he has never lost a case. But when Will's talents acquit Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), who is standing trial for a horrific and high-profile murder, that courtroom brilliance comes back to bite him. Foyle walks free on a technicality, but he is a serial killer and it is only a matter of time until he kills again. Will must confront his primal instincts as this thriller pushes his legal world far beyond an intellectual exercise.
Starting with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Physics of Light explores the true nature of light, peers inside the atom, and looks ahead to the most cutting edge theories in physics.
From PBS - The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of this 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African American Lives, African American Lives 2 and Faces of America, Gates finds new ways to, as he says, “get into the DNA of American culture.” He takes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link. And he treks through layers of ancestral history to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees. Gates shares the findings with each guest and travels with them as they process what they’ve learned. The series searches through several branches of the American past, leaving audiences all the more curious about their own background and eager to unearth their own family roots.
Robert Penry-Jones stars as Richard Hannay in Lizzie Mickery's adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel, set in the lead-up to the First World War. When an undercover British spy is killed in his flat, a man finds himself accused of murder and caught up in a deadly conspiracy which threatens not only his life, but the safety of the nation. Pursued by spies and the police, he reluctantly joins forces with a feisty suffragette as he attempts to uncover the truth and save Great Britain from invasion.
After a series of ghastly murders targeting women, four female codebreakers set out to decipher the pattern behind the crimes.
From PBS - Presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, Sex in the Wild is a four part series that explores the reproductive behaviors and biology of the animal kingdom. Focusing on four species -- elephant, dolphin, kangaroo and orangutan -- the series takes an in-depth look at how these animals find, fight for, and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth, and raise their young in extreme environments. Why do male elephants transform into sex crazed monsters during musth? How do orangutans give birth safely high in the trees? Why is the pregnancy of kangaroos so short? And how do dolphins mate at high speed? Join Joy and Mark as they travel to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges these species face and gain fascinating insight into their worlds.
The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives. Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.
The fiery romance of Heathcliff and Cathy (Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley) reignites in this thrilling adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic tale.
Nineteen people were hanged and one man pressed to death, while hundreds went to jail during the "witch hysteria" of 1692. THREE SOVEREIGNS FOR SARAH offers an accurate portrayal of the Salem witch trials, with real characters and original transcripts woven into the dialogue. The film is a powerful, moving story about three loving sisters accused of witchcraft.
One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life in a sumptuous production with a fresh new cast. It's 1936, and six years since parlour maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, fate brings her back as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam and his wife Lady Agnes, and Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a new 'downstairs' family to help run the elegance and finery if the 'upstairs' world, but in both, it soon becomes apparent there lies a labyrinth of secrets, lies and scandal.
Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, The Forsyte Saga chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I. Superior, arrogant and confident, the Forsytes are the ultimate power family.
From PBS - VICIOUS tells the story of partners Freddie (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Sir Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding onto petty slights for decades, we can still see underneath all their vicious codependent fighting they have a deep love for each other.
For some 25 years, FRONTLINE producer Ken Dornstein has been haunted by the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland—the terrorist act that killed 270 people, including his older brother David. Now, in this emotional and suspenseful three-part serial, Dornstein sets out to find the men responsible for one of the worst attacks on Americans before 9/11.
From PBS - The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Menacing black blizzards killed farmers’ crops and livestock, threatened the lives of their children, and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else.
From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, pork buns to golf clubs, THE MIND OF A CHEF combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef/owner of the Momofuku restaurant group. Chang brings a voracious appetite for food knowledge and a youthful exuberance to cooking and travel, whether cooking in his kitchens in New York and Australia or traveling for inspiration to Japan, Denmark, Spain or Montreal.
Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shopgirl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.
This Daytime Emmy-nominated preschool series premiered on Nickelodeon in 1996 and features the fun, music and adventures of some of the favorite characters created by celebrated children's author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). Starring The Cat In the Hat, The Grinch, his dog Max, Terrence, Horton, Yertle and all the residents of Seussville, these whimsical tales and well known characters come to life using masterful puppets built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and 3D computer animation. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is fun entertainment for the whole family.
From PBS - Discover the true story of America's "Great Experiment." Go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum-runners, flappers and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's Prohibition.
From PBS and MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY - Page Eight, Turks and Caicos, and Salting the Battlefield form The Worricker Trilogy—three gripping programs that follow the exploits of the intensely private and scrupulous Worricker—from MI5 headquarters in London to exile on a Caribbean island to life on the run with his former lover and fellow agent Margot Tyrrell (Bonham Carter). A spy who prefers the black-and-white certainties of the Cold War, Worricker finds himself increasingly out of his element as the distinction between ally and enemy dissolves into the amorphous alliances of the 21st century.