(Above: Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell in ‘Howards End.’ Source: YouTube video)
Amazon Prime add-on channel PBS Masterpiece will debut four shows this month, starting with a recent adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End.
January 13 – Howards End (four episodes)
Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Shiv Roy’s ambitious but dim-bulbed husband Tom in HBO’s Succession, stars in Kenneth Lonergan’s adaption of E.M. Forster’s novel about romance and social class in early 20th Century Britain.
Macfadyen is Henry Wilcox, a conservative businessman who becomes owner of Howards End when his wife Ruth (Julia Ormond) dies. Wilcox proceeds to court the youthful, idealistic Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell), while her younger sister Helen (Philippa Coulthard) comes to the aid of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn), a young bank clerk who has trouble at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). Meanwhile, Aunt Juley (comedic actress Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the two sisters and their brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) in line.
Howards End will also premiere episode one on PBS stations Sunday, January 12, at 8 pm ET, preceding the debut of Sanditon at 9 pm (check local listings). The remaining episodes will run subsequent Sundays through February 2.
The series, which first appeared on Starz and the BBC, is also available to stream with Starz, Amazon Prime, or YouTubeTV subscriptions. You can buy episodes for $1.99 each from Vudu and other providers.
January 17 – Walter Presents: Home Ground, Season 1 (10 episodes)
In this Norwegian drama, originally titled Heimebane, Ane Dahl Torp plays a successful European women’s football coach whose achievements are ridiculed by the male footballing establishment. She then gets the chance to coach an all-male Norwegian team, ahead of former football star (John Carew), which causes friction and skepticism.
Home Ground is in Norwegian, with English subtitles. PBS Masterpiece has not announced when the second, eight-episode season will be available.
January 20 – Vienna Blood (six episodes)
English doctor and Sigmund Freud student Max Liebermann (The Imitation Game’s Matthew Beard) helps Austrian Detective Inspector Oskar Rheindardt (Juergen Maurer) with a murder case in 1900s Vienna.
Vienna Blood, which ran originally on BBC Two, debuts episode one on PBS stations Sunday, January 19, at 10 pm ET (check local listings). The remaining episodes will run subsequent Sundays through February 23.
January 31 – Walter Presents: The Blood Pact, Season one (10 episodes)
In this Danish series, originally titled Klem, Hugo Warmond (Barry Astma) is struggling to balance work life with parenting two daughters. His eight-year-old becomes best friends with the daughter of ex-criminal, Marius Milner (Jacob Derwig). When Marius and Hugo become involved in a freak accident, they form a friendship that draws Hugo into a web of crime.
The Blood Pact is in Danish with English subtitles.
Amazon Prime subscribers can get PBS Masterpiece for an additional $5.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.
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