– Other Titles Include: “Walter Presents: Munch,” “Walter Presents: Mafia Only Kills in Summer” and “The Trick” –

Arlington, VA – March 23, 2022 – This April, eight international programs are launching on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada including the new MASTERPIECE crime series “Annika” starring Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax) as the dry-witted head of the newly formed Glasgow Marine Homicide Unit. In addition, two new programs from Walter Presents will be coming to the channel including the French legal drama “Munch,” following Gabrielle Munchowski (Much), a lawyer who bends the law to get her way and will stop at close to nothing to defend her clients; and the darkly comedic Italian drama “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer,” based on the film of the same name, that follows a family who accidentally becomes involved with the Mafia in the 1970s. Also added to the channel is the dramatic thriller, “The Trick,” the true story of Philip Jones, the world-renowned Professor and Director of Climate Research at the University of East Anglia who was the eye of an international media storm and victim of cyberterrorism that led to the 2009 Climategate scandal.

The subscription rate for the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada is CDN $6.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase supports public television for all.

Information about each of the programs is below:

Masterpiece: Annika

Streaming Date: April 17, 2022
Episodes: 6
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English

While other TV detectives discuss their cases exclusively with their team, what makes this program unconventionally charming and witty is that Annika addresses viewers directly, “breaking the fourth wall” separating the action from the audience.  As DI Annika Strandhed fishes bodies from the waters around Glasgow, Scotland, her newly-formed Marine Homicide Unit faces a steady stream of murders.  Annika juggles baffling cases and a rebellious teenage daughter. The former are easier for her to solve than the latter.

Annika’s strikingly effective M.O. is to link the investigation to her obsessive reading of literature and mythology. In Episode One, the harpoon manner of death starts her musing about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to the viewersand its ruinous quest for a white whale, which provides an oblique clue to the murderer’s motive.

Walter Presents: Munch

Streaming Date: April 15, 2022
Episodes: 8
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: French with English Subtitles

Gabrielle Munchowski is a lawyer unlike any other; running a law firm with her friend and associate Hubert Bellanger, Munch and her team take on tough cases, defending the innocent and marginal, against all odds. Bold and irreverent, she will cross any line, even if it means bending the law and she will stop at nothing to defend her clients. Intuitive, yet strong-willed and pragmatic in the face of administrative and judiciary absurdity, she inspires her unconventional team and those that believe in her.

Walter Presents: The Mafia Only Kills in Summer

Streaming Date: April 22, 2022
Episodes: 12
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Set in 1970s Sicily, this enigmatic and darkly comedic Italian TV series follows Salvatore, a young boy whose family becomes unintentionally entangled with the Palermo Mafia. Nothing escapes the 10-year-old’s gaze as he sees everything going on around him, from the Mafia’s oppression and his crazy family dynamic to the magnificence of his first love, Alice.

The Trick

Streaming Date: April 22, 2022
Episodes: 1
Genre: Drama, Nature
Language: English

In November 2009, the IT servers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, were hacked and hundreds of emails stolen. Days later the stolen emails were posted online and an international media storm exploded. Professor Phil Jones and his team found themselves in the middle of a major investigation with their 30 years of research being questioned in the first ‘fake news’ attack. An emotive British story, “The Trick” charts Phil Jones’ (Jason Watkins) unjustified persecution and the ultimate exoneration of both himself and the science, while his wife Ruth (Victoria Hamilton) standing fiercely by his side throughout it all.

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

Walter Presents: Crimson Rivers, Season 3

Walter Presents: Face to Face, Season 2

Walter Presents: Pulled Apart

Walter Presents: Raven

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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. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Presented on PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent 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.


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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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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