Arlington, VA – December 16, 2021 – This January, the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel is bringing drama fans a variety of new and exciting series, including the thrilling new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. In this new limited series from MASTERPIECE, viewers join adventurer Phileas Fogg played by Emmy Award-winner David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Broadchurch”) as he sets out on a quest to travel around the world. In addition, the new Walter Presents program “King of Warsaw” is based on the bestselling novel by Szczepan Twardoch. This gangster drama series tells the story of the Jewish mafia as they rule the city of Warsaw, Poland in 1937. Also coming to the channel is the new season of the murder mystery series “Vienna Blood” where a Sigmund Freud student and an Austrian detective team up to solve some of the most mysterious and deadly cases in the early 1900s.
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Streaming Date: January 2, 2022
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Comedy
London, 1872. On the day his world is turned upside down by a postcard from a lost love, an article about the exciting advances in travel inspires Phileas Fogg to take on an almost impossible task: to circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. As a man who has spent the last twenty years in a comfortable leather armchair at The Reform Club, he will need all the resilience he can muster and of course would be nowhere without the assistance of a quick-witted Frenchman, Passepartout played by Ibrahim Koma (“As Far as I Can Walk”). Joining them on the road will be the Daily Telegraph journalist played by Leonie Benesch (“Babylon Berlin”) who came up with the whole crazy idea in the first place.
Walter Presents: King of Warsaw
Streaming Date: January 7, 2022
Genre: Period Drama, Crime
Language: Polish with English Subtitles
The Jewish mafia rules the city of Warsaw before the outbreak of World War II, under the leadership of Buddy Kaplica, a Polish gangster-socialist with connections in high places. His right-hand man is the ruthless Jewish boxer, Jakub Szapiro adored by women, envied and feared by men. Deep down, Jakub dreams about taking over Buddy’s position and becoming the King of Warsaw. Torn between loyalty to his boss and a chance to fulfill his ambitions, Jakub will rise to a decisive fight for power in the streets and will be absorbed by the relentless world of sex and violence, causing a mob war that could determine the fate of Warsaw and the entire country.
Vienna Blood, Season 2
Streaming Date: January 9, 2022
Genre: Period Drama, Crime, Mystery
The new season of “Vienna Blood” sees the return of the awkward but brilliant relationship between young Max Liebermann, played by Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”), and troubled cop Oskar Rheinhardt, played by Juergen Maurer (“Vorstadtweiber”). Season 2 opens with the suicide of Max’s patient, the Hungarian Countess, but was it suicide or was foul play to blame? This crime sets the tone for the rest of the cases the duo will need to solve, including one where Oskar receives anonymous messages about a homicide and the killing of a monk leaving Max and Oskar trying to understand the power of belief.
Other titles coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada this January:
Walter Presents: Below the Surface
Walter Presents: Moscow Noir
Walter Presents: St. Maik
About PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel
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About Walter Presents
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 with over 250 hours of content on their VOD service and also launched Walter Presents in Russia exclusively on Start, Russia’s fastest growing SVOD platform, providing 400 hours of hit international drama as well as launching with PBS Masterpiece in Canada. This year Walter Presents partnered with Australia’s largest subscription streaming service, Stan.
About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company operates five streaming channels —PBS MASTERPIECE, PBS KIDS, PBS LIVING, PBS DOCUMENTARIES, and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.
PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.
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