News: 4 MASTERPIECE Must Knows, Fall 2016
Want to be the first to know what new MASTERPIECE programs are on the way? MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton spoke to the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles on July 28, 2016, and offered some don't-miss tidbits about what's ahead on MASTERPIECE. We've collected it all into our 4 MASTERPIECE "Must Knows" for Fall, 2016!
1. New Faces in Poldark
After Poldark Season 1's massive cliffhanger (no pun intended), fans around the world have been clamoring for the next chapter of this sweeping Cornish saga.
New in Season 2—or thrust into prominence from last—are Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love) as Caroline Penvenen, a flirtatious young heiress under the watchful eye of her rich uncle, Ray, played by John Nettles (Midsomer Murders); Luke Norris (Titanic) as earnest young doctor Dwight Enys, who only has time for his patients, but may find himself mid-romance; and Henry Garrett (Zero Dark Thirty) as Captain McNeil, Ross’ old comrade from the war, now hunting smugglers and an opportunity to woo a certain married lady.
Poldark, Season 2 premieres with a 2-hour episode at a special time: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 8/7c. The series then continues Sundays October 2 - November 27, 2016 at 9/8c.
2. The Durrells in Corfu
Get ready for a new kind of adventure! Coming in October, 2016, The Durrells in Corfu is based on Gerald Durrell's autobiographical book My Family and Other Animals, and tells the story of one unconventional family's attempt at a new life in the natural paradise of Corfu, Greece. The series airs in 6 episodes, airing in October, 2016.
Keeley Hawes (Upstairs, Downstairs) stars as the family matriarch, a widow struggling to keep her family afloat as she navigates her own love life, her children's coming of age stories, and the expectations of her traditional English family.
3. King Charles III Comes to MASTERPIECE
Hit Broadway show King Charles III will be adapted for television, to air on MASTERPIECE in 2017. A 2016 Tony® nominee for Best Play, King Charles III imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.
“King Charles III is an ingenious play that promises to be as riveting on television as it was on stage,” says Rebecca Eaton. “It's a play set in the near future, but with Shakespeare never far away.”
4. Getting to Know Victoria
Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) stars as the young Queen Victoria at the outset of her epic reign, which set the stage for an entire era that would be named in her honor. Scripted by bestselling novelist Daisy Goodwin (The Fortune Hunter), Victoria will air in eight magnificent parts on MASTERPIECE in January, 2017.
In Victoria, writer Daisy Goodwin has been careful to stay faithful to the facts, while reading between the lines to fill in the gaps where the early Victorians were scrupulously silent. The result is a gripping historical pageant that reveals a side of Victoria that is at odds with her later reputation for prudery and a high moral tone. In other words, Victoria was not a Victorian as we use the term. “She was very, very keen on sex,” says Goodwin, adding, “with her husband. She had nine children. She didn’t lie back and think of England, at all!”