Archive for April, 2011

School days

Tune in for South Riding, a new miniseries from Masterpiece

Friday, Apr. 29, 2011

In South Riding, a new three-part Masterpiece miniseries, a lively new headmistress brings progressive ideas to a conservative girls’ school in Depression-era Yorkshire, sparking conflict — and a powerful attraction — with a stern, brooding landowner rooted in a troubled past.

With its pounding surf and grinding poverty, South Riding, a fictional northern England town, is a hardscrabble community still crippled from World War I, but on the verge of a transformation fueled by modernization, poetry, and even love.

Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) stars as Sarah Burton in the series, adapted by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies (Little Dorrit, Pride and Prejudice) from Winifred Holtby’s last and best-known novel. Also starring are David Morrissey (Sense and Sensibility) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey).

Tune in Sundays, May 1-15 at 9/8 pm CT on KET or Thursdays, May 5-19 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

The doctor is in

The loveable curmudgeon, Doc Martin, is back!

Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011

Doc Martin and the rest of the Portwenn folk are back for seasons three and four in exciting new episodes starting this Thursday.

“We’re thrilled Martin [Clunes] has agreed to play Doc Martin for another series. Martin loves playing Doc Martin as he’s so loathsome and grumpy and can get away with speaking his mind! But he also loves the fact he’s playing a brilliant surgeon with a blood phobia!” said ITV’s Controller of Drama Commissioning, Sally Haynes.

Will Doc rekindle his relationship with Louisa? Is the new restaurant in town making people ill? Who turns up pregnant? Who ends up arrested for trying to steal a bicycle? Who has porphyria? Narcolepsy? Agoraphobia? Who goes to work as normal on his wedding day? Who drops dead on a train? How will Louisa feel when someone flirts with Doc Martin? How does Doc offend the local vicar? And who has been inhaling fumes from an illegal bio-fuel?

Will this disaster-prone town and its inhabitants survive? Tune in to find out! Thursdays 9/8 pm CT on KET and Fridays at 8/7 pm CT on KET2.

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