Arlington, VA – March 16, 2022 – This March the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada adds a treasure trove of international TV series including the hit crime-thriller series “Broadchurch” starring Academy Award®-winner Olivia Colman and Emmy Award®-winner David Tennant. “Broadchurch,” takes place in a seemingly calm and friendly seaside town that becomes wrapped in secrets when the death of an eleven-year-old boy sparks an unwanted media frenzy. As the town’s locals start to open up about what they do and don’t know, it falls upon the police to catch the killer. Also coming to the channel is the all new crime thriller series “Before We Die,” full of heart-stopping and unpredictable twists. Lesley Sharp stars as the detective who faces impossible choices in a murky world where loyalties are tested, and lines are blurred. Then viewers can stream Walter Presents: The Empress, Season 2,” the Age of Enlightenment period series that’s been coined “the German-language answer to The Crown.”

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Broadchurch, Seasons 1-3

Streaming Date: March 5, 2022
Episodes: 24
Genre: Drama
Language: English

Set in Broadchurch, a fictional English town in Dorset, the series focuses on police detectives DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Colman) as they investigate the death of local 11-year-old Daniel “Danny” Latimer and deal with the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the town. The second season follows the dual storylines of bringing Danny’s killer to justice and a case from the past returning to haunt Hardy. The final season follows detectives Hardy and Miller as they try to solve another local crime that involves a serial sex offender, while the Latimer family goes to extreme lengths to move on from Danny’s death.

Before We Die

Streaming Date: March 20, 2022
Episodes: 6
Genre: Drama, Crime-Thriller
Language: English

Detective Inspector Hannah Laing (Lesley Sharp) never imagined that it would be the last time she would see her lover and fellow detective, Sean, alive after they parted ways that morning. When his brutalized body is recovered the following day she is determined to find whoever is responsible for his murder. During her hunt to uncover the murderer, she persuades one of Sean’s confidential informants to help her untangle the threads of his investigation into the tight-knit Mimica family from Croatia. She becomes deeply conflicted when she discovers her son Christian (Patrick Gibson) is Sean’s undercover informant. Faced with a devastating decision, will Hannah continue to allow her son to risk his life, or find another way to bring justice to Sean’s murderers?

Walter Presents: The Empress, Season 2

Streaming Date: March 25, 2022
Episodes: 2
Genre: Period Drama
Language: German with English Subtitles

After taking control of her father’s throne, and the Bavarians declaring war on Austria, Maria Theresa has hopes for ending the war with Prussia, but her position as a powerful woman still draws the ire of many, including her mother-in-law who sends her other son to spy on the rival Habsburg military. Maria Theresa feels like she is fighting alone when she discovers her husband has been betraying her by keeping a mistress and trading information with the enemy.

When, in a desperate gesture, Maria hires a mercenary army, the tides turn. But this will come at a price. Maria has an affair of her own which leads to serious consequences, opening her up to blackmail. Facing increasing pressures from all sides, including her own family, Maria has no choice but to address head-on, both the issues of the state and those of her marriage. Will her reign be able to survive the war and the scandal or will it all come crashing down?

Other titles coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada in March:

Walter Presents: Bella Germania

Walter Presents: Inside Suspicion

Walter Presents: Interns

Walter Presents: Paradise, Season 2

Walter Presents:  Something to Hide

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Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the U.K. as a video-on-demand service, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan.  In March 2017, Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the U.S., with the New York Times hailing it as a “chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.” Walter Presents launched in Italy September 2018, its first roll-out in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018 Walter Presents partnered with PBS Distribution in the US, to make premium foreign language drama available on PBS Masterpiece on the Amazon Prime Video channel. Additionally, select top-tier titles chosen by PBS are also broadcast on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations. In February 2019 Walter Presents increased its US distribution further launching on Comcast Xfinity X1 and later in June Walter Presents launched on the Roku Channel.  In 2019 Walter Presents teamed up with Medialaan to make the service available to Flemish audiences on their newly launched digital channel StreamZ, and also joined forces with S4C to make its dramas available in Welsh. In 2020 we partnered with TVNZ on their VOD service, launched Walter Presents in Russia exclusively on Start, Russia’s fastest growing SVOD platform, and launched our channel on PBS Masterpiece in Canada. In 2021 Walter Presents partnered with Australia’s largest streaming service, Stan, and launched in Latin America with market leader DMD’s streaming service Cindie. From 2022 we will be available on C More in Scandinavia with over 500 hours of content.

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