News: 5 MASTERPIECE Must Knows for 2016
Want to be the first to know what's ahead for your favorite MASTERPIECE programs, and what new titles are on the way? MASTERPIECE recently spoke to the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, and offered some don't-miss tidbits about returning and new series. We've collected it all into our Top 5 MASTERPIECE "Must Knows" for 2016!
#1 - Victoria Comes to MASTERPIECE!
Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on MASTERPIECE in 2017 in the Sunday night time slot which Downton Abbey has occupied for six years. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Victoria, a tiny (4'11"), neglected teenager who overnight became Queen and eventually the most powerful woman in the world.
#2 - Joanne Froggatt Stars in Dark Angel
Joanne Froggatt, who stole the hearts of millions of viewers as Anna, the loving and resilient lady's maid on Downton Abbey, stars in a totally different role in a spine-tingling two-part drama on MASTERPIECE. Dispensing death from the spout of a warm teapot, Froggatt plays the notorious poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, in Dark Angel, coming to MASTERPIECE in 2017.
#3 - Michael Gambon Plays an English National Icon
Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy) plays the greatest statesman of the twentieth century in his most difficult hour: a debilitating stroke which he seeks to hide from the world. Churchill's Secret, a beautifully acted and produced television film, airs on MASTERPIECE in 2016. The series co-stars Romola Garai (Emma), Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock), Matthew Macfadyen (Any Human Heart), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), and a host of other brilliant actors.
#4 - Kurt Wallander Returns For His Final Chapter
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Henry V, Hamlet), one of the world's most remarkable actors, resumes his role as Inspector Kurt Wallander in Wallander, based on the novels of Henning Mankell.
The stirring detective series comes to an end in in 2016 as MASTERPIECE Mystery! charts the final exploits of the brooding Swede in three nail-biting concluding episodes, on Wallander: The Final Season, airing Sundays, May 8-22, 2016 at 9pm ET on PBS.
#5 - Grantchester Is Back!
James Norton dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless) his rumpled raincoat for a new season of Grantchester as the improbable crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, bring justice and spiritual nourishment to 1950s England. Grantchester, Season 2 airs in six exciting episodes on MASTERPIECE Mystery!, Sundays March 27-May 1, 2016, at 9pm ET on PBS.