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.
"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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tunnel is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane, Game of Thrones) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.
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.
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.
Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.
This is the much-anticipated prequel to award-winning global hit Prime Suspect. Rewind to 1970s London to portray the early career of the formidable DCI Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini), the role that established Dame Helen Mirren as a household name. We meet Jane as an ambitious 22-year-old probationary officer, starting out as a WPC in a world where chauvinism and rule-bending are the norm.
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.
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.
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.
When retiree Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin) stages a fall in his eerie Yorkshire home in order to escape into residential care, a chilling mystery unfolds, challenging police detective Rob Fairholme and care worker Hannah Ward to risk everything they hold dear to unravel the truth. This 3-part drama is a traumatic murder investigation, a ghostly haunting and a coming-of-age tale rolled into one.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
With her English accent and her London ways, Rose Coyne is the only ‘stranger’ in her rural Northern Ireland town, until 4,000 Americans arrive at the nearby WWII airbase. As Rose finds herself acting as peacekeeper between the disgruntled locals and the soldiers, she is also drawn to the engaging young Captain Dreyfuss. Will Rose risk her family for this forbidden love?
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.
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 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?
1862. Mary Phinney, a New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, a Confederate belle, collide at Mansion House, the Green family's hotel that has been transformed into a Union Army hospital. From executive producer Ridley Scott, Mercy Street goes beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War Homefront as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history.
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!
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.
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.
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 - Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the competitive Manhattan restaurant world and with her own gourmet delivery service. As she and her husband Ben Knight considered job offers and contemplated their next step, her parents made an offer to help them build their own restaurant – with one catch. She had to open it back home in Eastern North Carolina, where she swore she would never return. With that, the famed restaurant Chef and the Farmer was born, and Kinston, NC has never been the same.
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.
The story of the war on cancer spans centuries and continents. It is a scientific story, but also a deeply human one: of doctors, researchers, and especially patients who-through courage, suffering, and occasional hubris-pushed the boundaries of knowledge. These people helped define cancer as the scourge of the modern age, and then mobilized the federal government and private industry to wage an all-out campaign against it-a campaign we are still fighting. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee and brought to the screen by executive producer Ken Burns, tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of lasting cures.
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.
NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly.
Walt Disney was a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney’s complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.
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 Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the Earth’s surface, holds half of our world’s water, and hides the deepest place on our planet. Big Pacific breaks the boundaries between land and sea in way never seen before.
Get to know some of America’s most iconic chefs through AMERICAN MASTERS’ “Chefs Flight” – three documentaries on iconic chefs James Beard, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in this adaptation of Julian Barnes’s thrilling novel. Outraged by injustice to an Anglo-Indian solicitor, Doyle uses the methods of his own fictional detective to get at the truth. Also starring Arsher Ali, Charles Edwards, Hattie Morahan, and Art Malik.
Smart and classy with sharp dialogue, Silk is a fast-paced drama following the rivalry, tension and passion of life on the front line of criminal law. Martha Costello is a brilliant, passionate defense lawyer with a reputation for defending the poor and downtrodden. She is about to apply to become a member of the highly prestigious Queen's Counsel, but she's not the only one at her chambers applying. Joining Martha is Clive Reader; charming, funny, gifted and dangerous. Only one is likely to be made QC so how they perform in court is vital and Clive knows exactly how to play the game.
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.
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 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.
Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events.
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.
Mighty, elemental forces molded North America—fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our homeland. The epic three-part series unfolds in a forgotten world that existed long before our own, crossed by long-lost mountain ranges, deserts the size of Africa, and vast inland seas spanning the length of the continent. Explore beloved landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park from the inside out as we witness the clash of nature’s creative and destructive forces. Hosted by renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson, this spectacular road trip through a tumultuous deep past explores three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has the continent shaped us? “Making North America” reveals the incredible story of a majestic continent.
This is the true story of Malcolm Webster, a nurse by profession and, on the surface, a perfect gentleman: well-spoken, personable and charming. He’s also a spendthrift and killer. He marries, and then attempts to kill, a succession of women to cash in their life insurance policies.
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.
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.
A warm, funny, feel-good series chronicling the adventures of a quirky English family who uproot to a gorgeous Greek island in hopes of a better life. Based on author and naturalist Gerald Durrell’s much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells in Corfu sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes, MI-5) make the radical decision to leave 1930s England to seek out a new destiny for her family before she and her children go completely off the rails. As Louisa relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun, the Durrells face a whole new set of challenges as they meet new friends, rivals, lovers—and animals.
After a series of ghastly murders targeting women, four female codebreakers set out to decipher the pattern behind the crimes.