Top dramas take over Sunday primetime! New: CALL THE HIDWIFE, New: Sanditon on MASTERPIECE and New: MARIE ANTOINETTE – March 19th
Published on:Monday March 13, 2023
Weeks of great NEW drama begin on WOUB on Sunday, March 19th!
20:00 Call The Midwife – Staffel 12
9:00 p.m. Sanditon on MASTERPIECE - Season 3
22:00 Marie Antoinette
Season 12 of the popular British drama
CALL THE HIDWIFE premieres March 19, 2023 at 8 p.m. on PBS
PBS is celebrating the return of the award-winning series, now in its twelfth year
The critically acclaimed British dramaCALL THE MIDWIFEreturns for its 12th season Sundays, March 19 – May 7, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS,PBS.organd thePBS-App.The eight-part series, which follows the nurses, midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House in east London in the 1960s, will air this spring as part of PBS's Sunday night drama series.
In Season 12 - set in 1968 - change is in the air. Enoch Powell's infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which he criticizes immigration, creates serious tension in Poplar, especially when a group of longshoremen march in support of Powell - which particularly worries Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) and Lucille (Leonie Elliott). . The midwives welcome a new nun, Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings), who is instantly beloved by everyone except Sister Crane (Linda Bassett). Meanwhile, Trixie (Helen George) and Matthew's (Olly Rix) bond only grows stronger after their engagement, while Sister Crane helps Nancy (Megan Cusack) with her financial woes. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is happy to help in the district, Shelagh (Laura Main) and Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) divides her time between the busy maternity hospital and her vibrant young family, and Reggie (Daniel Laurie) continues to bring joy to the lives of Violet (Annabelle Apsion) and Fred (Cliff Parisi).
Sanditon, Season 3,
The last season
with Rose Williams and Crystal Clarke in MASTERPIECE
Sundays, March 19 through April 23, 2023 at 9 p.m. on PBS
Wedding bells are ringing, but for whom?
Jane Austen's final, incomplete novel comes to a glorious conclusion in the third and final season of Sanditon, MASTERPIECE's acclaimed continuation of the story and characters created by Austen in her fascinating fragmentary work. Sanditon Season 3 condenses the storyline into six satisfying episodes to air from March 19 to April 23, 2023 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
"We regret to say goodbye to this wonderful series, which has all the wit and joy one would expect from a Jane Austen-inspired drama," said Susanne Simpson, executive producer of MASTERPIECE. "We know viewers will be excited as the final pieces fall into place."
Added Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures, "It has been a pleasure to tell the stories of these austenitic heroines over three seasons - their journeys, hopes, dreams and romances have resonated with fans around the world. The characters have grown as beautifully as the town of Sanditon itself, and we're delighted to present the charming seaside town one last time."
Set amidst the romantic intrigue of an early 19th-century English seaside resort, the MASTERPIECE series has been called "a mild retreat" (Salon), "lush and fun" (New York Times) and "perfect escapist fare" (Indiewire). . .
True to themes from other Austen novels, the first two seasons have thrown up and shattered various marriage prospects for the heroines, played by Rose Williams (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) and Crystal Clarke (Empire of Light).
Williams stars as Charlotte Heywood, a young country woman who fate has thrust into the social scene of Sanditon, which is vying to become the spa for fashionable aristocrats and royalty. Though her father intends her to marry local farmer Ralph Starling (Cai Bridge, Summer of Rockets), Charlotte has attracted the attention of some of Sanditon's most eligible bachelors - including the enigmatic Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, The Crown), a landowner with a mysterious past.
Clarke's character, Georgiana Lambe, faces a very different problem. A multiracial heiress from the West Indies, she cannot trust any of her suitors because they are likely only interested in her wealth. The two women bond over these courtship dilemmas as well as their determination to forge their own destiny.
Romance possibilities are expanded this season with new cast members, including Emma Fielding (Cranford) as the financially troubled Lady Montrose, who comes to Sanditon to find matches for her grown children: Lydia (Alice Orr-Ewing, The Theory of Everything) , who is an independently thinking young woman; and Lord Henry Montrose (Edward Davis, Emma), a duke whose title alone is an attractive selling point when perhaps less apt in other respects. James Bolam (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) plays Rowleigh Pryce, a dour investor whom Tom Parker is courting to fund a new hotel in Sanditon, subject to Lady Denham's approval. It turns out that Pryce and Lady Denham share a very interesting past.
And there's Liam Garrigan (The Pillars of the Earth), who stars as Alexander Colbourne's brother Samuel, a London barrister whose legal assistance is crucial as the plot nears its climax. A suitable bachelor himself, Samuel is caught up in the Sanditon marriage market. Fascinated by this once sleepy village that has become a place of hidden passions, he sees a new acquaintance and reflects, "There are so many interesting things happening in Sanditon that need to be watched carefully."
escape to Versailles
Premiered March 19 on PBS
The captivating new series about one of history's most influential rulers premieres on all PBS platforms this spring
That Historical Drama SeriesMARIE ANTOINETTE, which chronicles the infamous historical figure's beginnings from a young Dauphine to the last Queen of France, will be released across all PBS platforms. The new series follows a young Marie Antoinette as she learns the rules and secrets of the court and tries to recreate Versailles in her image: free, independent and feminist. But their successes provoke jealousy and rivalry, and their royal enemies will do anything to bring them down. The eight-episode series stars Emilia Schüle ("Berlin Dance School") as the title character, with Louis Cunningham ("Bridgerton") as the Dauphin of France, Louis XVI.
MARIE ANTOINETTEPremieres Sunday, March 19, 10-11pm ET on PBS and is available to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms, includingPBS.org, DiePBSApp, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.MARIE ANTOINETTEwill also be available for streamingPBS-Pass.
MARIE ANTOINETTEis just a teenager when she leaves Austria to marry the Dauphin of France. Arriving at Versailles, she must obey the numerous and complex rules of the French court. The princess quickly suffers from not being able to live her life the way she wishes while her mother, the Empress of Austria (Marthe Keller, "Marathonmann") keeps pushing her to continue the Bourbon line and such to secure the alliance between the two two countries. However, given Louis' avoidant and lonely nature, the mission proves to be more complicated than expected. As defamatory pamphlets and persistent rumors about her private life erode her status, her opponents within the royal family will do whatever they can to bring her down.
Abgerundet wird die Ensemblebesetzung durch Gaia Weiss („Vikings“), James Purefoy („Rome“), Jack Archer („Call the Midwife“), Jasmine Backborow („Shadow and Bone“), Oscar Lesage („Dangerous Liaisons“) , Crystal Shepherd-Cross („Chronicles of the Sun“), Roxane Duran („Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris“), Caroline Piette („Beats Per Minute“) und andere.
Offers a rare glimpse into how the young princess became one of history's most celebrated leaders.MARIE ANTOINETTE, delivers stunning costumes and sets that transport viewers to the Palace of Versailles at the height of the Ancien Régime.