– Other Titles Launching on the Channel Include: “Walter Presents: A Murder of Crows” Season 2, and “Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli” –
Arlington, VA – June 6, 2022 – This month, seven international programs are launching on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada including the glamourous new period drama “Hotel Portofino.” The series starring Natascha McElhone (“Halo,” “Ronin,” “Californication”) follows an elite, yet dysfunctional British family, who open a hotel for upper class travelers on the magical Italian Riviera during the ‘Roaring 20s’. In addition, the German crime drama from Walter Presents, “A Murder of Crows,” Season 2 follows Inspector Brühl as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy, and then “Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli – Queen of Fashion” follows the rise of the Italian businesswoman famous for creating a women’s fashion line and the world-famous chocolate brand, Perugina.
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Information about each of the programs is below:
Streaming Date: June 18, 2022
Hotel Portofino” tells the story of the Ainsworth family that has relocated from Britain to open an upscale hotel on the Italian coastline. Set in the breathtakingly beautiful resort town of Portofino, this new period drama is about personal awakening at a time of global upheaval in the traumatic aftermath of World War I and the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on elite British travelers. As distinguished guests like the imperious Lady Latchmere check into the hotel, matriarch Bella Ainsworth (McElhone) tries to keep up with their constant demands. McElhone and Mark Umbers (“Home Fires”) star as the British expat hoteliers Bella and Cecil Ainsworth. Embracing intertwined sexual and social liberation themes, “Hotel Portofino” delivers addictive plotlines for drama lovers in a breathtaking Italian setting.
Streaming Date: June 10, 2022
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: German with English Subtitles
Inspector Martin Brühl must uncover the mysterious truth in the case of a missing four-year-old boy. However, the young woman claiming to be the boy’s mother is said to have a head injury leaving her with a distorted sense of reality and severely delusional. With this new information, the case is filed away. But Inspector Brühl cannot seem to let the investigation go, and as he continues to dig deeper, surprising clues about the boy and the woman begin to emerge.
Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli
Streaming Date: June 17, 2022
Genre: Drama, Historical
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Filled with romance, success and scandal, “Luisa Spagnoli-Queen of Fashion” follows the true story of the rags to riches life of the world-famous Italian chocolatier and fashion designer who blazed a trail for working women in the early 20th century.
In 1920’s Perugia, Italy, Luisa Spagnoli is a woman of humble origins who, with great determination, decides to take over a small pastry shop on the verge of bankruptcy. Teeming with entrepreneurial spirit and endowed with extraordinary modernity and creativity, she establishes herself as a leading businesswoman and visionary, revolutionizing candy and chocolate from a luxury product of the rich, into one accessible for all.
Other titles coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada in June:
Walter Presents: The Wagner Method – 6/10
Walter Presents: The First Forgotten – 6/17
Walter Presents: Leo Mattei – Special Unit, Season 1 & 2 – 6/24
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