MASTERPIECE Must Knows: Spring 2018

Were you entranced by Victoria Season 2, and now eager to know what’s ahead on MASTERPIECE? Here’s our latest news on what is coming to MASTERPIECE, updated for Spring, 2018. Find out what is in store for your returning favorites, as well as all-new shows featuring some beloved MASTERPIECE stars you are sure to recognize.

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    Grantchester Season 4 Announced: Cast Change Coming

    For three seasons, fans have witnessed vicar Sidney Chambers struggle with his ultimate dilemma: love or vocation. In the Season 3 finale, a resignation letter and unsigned lease offered mixed signals, leading to a surprising conclusion. Will Chambers ever find peace? MASTERPIECE on PBS and ITV have recently announced Grantchester fans will have a new season to savor, as Season 4 begins filming in June, 2018, in London, and will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS in 2019.

    More crimes in the English hamlet of Grantchester are assured, but there will also be a temporary vacancy at the vicarage: These will be the final episodes for star James Norton. Casting of a new vicar will be announced at a later date. “It’s a bittersweet time for Grantchester fans, who will be cheering the return of the series but crushed to say good-bye to James,” said MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “We want to assure them that the series they love will continue —with brilliant new episodes and a captivating new vicar.”

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    Endeavour: Season 5 Premieres June 24, 2018

    With the new season coming this summer to MASTERPIECE, there is even more to love about Endeavour. For the first time in the history of the series, there will be six full-length episodes, vs. the usual four.

    Can’t wait to find out what’s in store? The new season begins with Morse having finally passed his Sergeant’s exams just as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary creating uncertainty for everyone at Cowley CID.

    “Many of the global tensions of that most turbulent year, 1968, have found their way into our six new Endeavour mysteries,” said series creator and writer Russell Lewis. “1967’s Summer of Love seems already a distant memory. Dark clouds are gathering at home and abroad as, after almost 100 years, the long history of Oxford City Police comes to an end. A terrible storm is set to blow through the professional and personal lives of newly promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse and Oxford’s finest, leaving devastation in its wake.”

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    Mrs. Wilson Casting News

    Ruth Wilson is beloved to MASTERPIECE fans for her starring role in Jane Eyre, alongside Toby Stephens as Rochester. Now, more than a decade since that defining performance, Wilson returns to MASTERPIECE with an intensely personal project. Mrs. Wilson is a three-part drama inspired by her grandmother’s memoir about their family history. Set in 1940s and 1960s London, and 1930s India, the story follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband, Alex, dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson.

    Some other familiar MASTERPIECE faces will star alongside Wilson, including Iain Glen (Downton Abbey) and Keeley Hawes (The Durrells in Corfu), as well as Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick) and Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve, Harry Potter). “What a fabulous group of actors to bring Ruth Wilson’s grandmother’s story to life!” said MASTERPIECE’s Rebecca Eaton.

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    Man in an Orange Shirt: Premieres June 17, 2018, 9/8c

    Two love stories, sixty years apart, come together in one emotional and relevant new drama: Man in an Orange Shirt. The two stories are linked by family and a painting, with a one secret that echoes down the generations.

    Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave stars in this story that charts the challenges and changes to gay lives from World War II to the present day. Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge), James McArdle (Worricker: Salting the Battlefield), Julian Morris (Little Women) and David Gyasi (Interstellar) play star-crossed lovers in the powerful production. Two MASTERPIECE favorites return in the drama as well, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise).

    Man in an Orange Shirt was broadcast to wide acclaim in the UK in 2017 for the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality. The Telegraph (London) praised the drama as “a well-crafted and moving dialogue between past and present.”




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