– Other Titles Arriving on the Channel are the Second Seasons of
“Before We Die,” and “Walter Presents: Mafia Only Kills in Summer” –
Arlington, VA – March 20, 2023 – This April, MASTERPIECE’S newest program, a new adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel, “Tom Jones” starring Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), headlines the upcoming releases on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel. A timeless romantic comedy, this is a new and exciting four-part series of the bestseller, whose 1963 movie adaptation won an Academy Award®. In “Before We Die” Season 2, Lesley Sharp returns as Detective Hannah Laing, who goes head-to-head with the matriarch of the Mimica crime family. And in the Italian dramedy, “Walter Presents: Mafia Only Kills in Summer” Season 2, a new life for all of the Giammarresi family begins. They are still trying to avoid entanglements with the local Mafiosi, and are front and center as the bloodiest war in Mafia history is brewing.
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Information about each program is below:
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MASTERPIECE: Tom Jones
Streaming Date: April 30, 2023
Solly McLeod (House of the Dragon) stars as the handsome, resourceful title character, with Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as the beautiful and bright, seemingly unattainable love of his life, Sophia Western. He is a foundling of uncertain parentage, while she is an heiress. In 18th-century England, their class differences make their journey to find each other complicated and treacherous.
Emmy®-winning actress Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) plays the seductive and vengeful Lady Bellaston, who comes between Tom and Sophia.
Before We Die, Season 2
Streaming Date: April 10, 2023
Genre: Drama, Crime
Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls) returns to head up the cast as Detective Hannah Laing, who joins forces with maverick detective Billy Murdoch, played by Vincent Regan (Troy, 300) in a desperate bid to protect her son Christian, played by Patrick Gibson (The OA, Guerrilla).
The second installment of the series will not follow the same storyline of the original Swedish series, which the first season is based on, but will see Hannah pitched directly against Dubravka, played by Kazia Pelka (World’s End, Casualty) the matriarch at the head of the Mimica Croatian crime family.
Walter Presents: Mafia Only Kills in Summer, Season 2
Streaming Date: April 14, 2023
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
The second season picks up when the Giammarresis decide not to flee and to instead return home, risking the possibility of Mafia retaliation.
The secret that Pia has concealed will begin to eat away at her and at her marriage; the reluctant Mafioso, Massimo, would like to leave the Cosa Nostra; and the situation for the Giammarresi family becomes more complicated with each passing day.
It is the time of the high-profile Mafia killings, and the specter of an incredibly violent Mafia war hangs over the Sicilian capital. While this bloody cowl enshrouds the city, the Giammarresi family must find the strength to stay united and survive.
Other Titles Coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in April:
Walter Presents: The Silence of Water, Season 2 – 4/7
Walter Presents: Transfer– 4/28
Walter Presents: Carmen Curler – 4/28
Walter Presents: Malaka – 4/28
About PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel
MASTERPIECE has been setting the standard for exceptional British drama in the US for 50 years and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel continues this legacy and has expanded to include award-winning TV series from around the world.
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Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Series funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking Cruises, Raymond James, The MASTERPIECE Trust, and public television viewers. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.
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 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.
About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, entertaining audiences across platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, provides premium content through multiple digital channels and video services. PBS Distribution operates six subscription streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.) as well as numerous Free Ad-supported Streaming TV (FAST) Channels in the U.S and U.K. In addition, the company reaches viewers through Transactional Video-on-Demand (TVOD), Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) licensing, Advertising-based Video on Demand (AVOD), DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational platforms, non-theatrical and inflight sales, and serves broadcasters and producers providing program sales and co-production financing.
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.