New PBS Masterpiece Fall Dramas Coming Soon
Although there's a conspicuous absence of both corsets and Dame Judi Dench, PBS Masterpiece fans are still in for a treat this fall with a new crop of dramas from across the pond.
As reported in deadline.com, PBS has announced that the fall season will open Sun. Oct. 3 with 'Wallander.' This BBC adaptation of the bestselling Henning Mankell novels stars Kenneth Branagh as gloomy Swedish detective Kurt Wallander. Although this second season is darker in tone than the first, and Branagh was memorably described by one critic as "having the permanent mien of a recently slaughtered halibut," it won rave reviews and good ratings in the U.K.
The much-hyped 'Sherlock' follows, premiering Sun. Oct. 24. This modern-day reboot of the 'Sherlock Holmes' novels was a summer hit in the U.K. and has already been renewed for a second season. Created by Steven Moffat ('Doctor Who') and Mark Gatiss ('The League of Gentlemen') it stars up-and-comer Benedict Cumberbatch ('Atonement') as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman ('Love Actually') as Dr. Watson.
In November Trevor Eve ('Waking the Dead') stars in 'Framed' (Sun., Nov. 14), a gentle comedy that follows the clash of cultures that ensues after a curator at London's National Gallery has to move the entire art collection to rural Wales after disastrous flooding. A review in 'The Times' of London described it as being "so warm-hearted and well-intentioned that you'd have to work hard to dislike it."
The final offering from PBS has had a much more mixed reception in the U.K. 'Lennon Naked' stars Christopher Eccleston ('Doctor Who,' 'G.I.Joe') as the 30-year-old John Lennon. The drama examines Lennon's relationship with his drunken absentee father in the light of his own role as an absentee father to his elder son Julian. Critics in the U.K. said that the 46-year-old Eccleston was too old for the role, with one even going so far as to label him "disastrous." Viewers in the U.S. will get to make up their own minds about it when 'Lennon Naked' airs Sun. Nov. 21.