The series will roll out several new shows from the U.K. in the 2014-15 season, including a “Page Eight” sequel starring Bill Nighy, “Wolf Hall” with Damian Lewis, and “Death Comes to Pemberley,” based on P.D. James’ sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
Here’s a rundown:
“Breathless” (premieres Aug. 24): Jack Davenport stars as a Don Draper-ish surgeon in 1960s London. PBS announced the show at the 2013 summer TV press tour and it’s finally getting an airdate.
“Death Comes to Pemberley” (Oct. 26): Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) stars as Mr. Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth, who must deal with a murder mystery at their country home.
“Turks and Caicos” and “Salting the Battlefield” (Nov. 9 and 16): Both films
follow Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy), first introduced in 2011’s “Page
Eight.” Joining Nighy in the new chapters is a stellar cast that
includes Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and
“Grantchester” (2015): A new “Masterpiece Mystery” series starring James Norton (who’s also in “Death Comes to Pemberley”) as a young vicar who turns detective when one of his parishioners is killed. It’s based on a series of novels by James Runcie.
“Wolf Hall” (2015): Based on Hilary Mantel’s novel and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” the series focuses on the relationship between Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) and his close adviser Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance).
“Poldark” (2015): A remake of a series that aired as part of “Masterpiece Theatre” in the 1970s, about a presumed-dead British officer (Aidan Turner) who returns home from the American Revolution and finds the life he knew has changed markedly.
“Indian Summers” (2015): “Masterpiece” executive producer describes this miniseries set in the waning days of British colonial rule in India as “Jewel in the Crown” meets “Downton Abbey.” It will chronicle the lives of British foreign officers and their Indian clerks starting in 1932.
“Downton Abbey,” meanwhile, premieres Jan. 4, 2015, on PBS. A date for “Sherlock” Season 4 hasn’t been set. PBS also has another season of “Mr. Selfridge” on tap, but doesn’t have an airdate.