— Other Titles Include “Walter Presents: The Defence” and Walter Presents: Hotel Sacher” —
Arlington, VA – August 31, 2021 – Streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada this September are a number of drama and mystery programs from the highly popular collections from MASTERPIECE and international hits from Walter Presents. Included is the fan-favorite Danish drama series “Seaside Hotel” as it returns for a new season with the hotel’s regular guests checking in despite the raging world war. Among the other Walter Presents programs arriving on the channel is the Polish crime thriller, “The Defence,” and the German period drama “Hotel Sacher.”
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Premiere Date: September 17, 2021
Genre: Period Drama
Language: Danish with English Subtitles
When the seaside hotel opens its doors in Season 8, the year is 1941 and WWII becomes harder to dismiss from everyone’s mind. A life with rationing marks, scarcity of goods and German soldiers in the street, has long since become commonplace. The Germans have moved closer and have now taken over the neighboring hotels only 1 kilometer from the beach hotel. However, this does not stop the spa hotel’s regulars from packing their suitcases and checking in as usual. For as Edward Weyse puts it: If only we pretend they are not there, then they are not there. But it’s not that easy…
Streaming Date: September 3, 2021
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Polish with English Subtitles
Adapted from the renowned crime-thriller novel by Remigiusz Mróz, “The Defence” follows a well-regarded lawyer who agrees to help her friends when their baby goes missing. Joanna Chylka is a capable, uncompromising, courageous and rebellious lawyer in a legal world that is full of stubborn and power-hungry men. When three-year-old Nikola Szlezyngier disappears without a trace and the police find no evidence of kidnapping, the child’s parents become the main suspects. Desperate, they decide to contact Chylka, an old friend, who agrees to undertake their defense despite other cases piling up on her desk and mountains of evidence indicating the couple’s guilt. Will her legal team manage to find the real guilty party, or has the truth been under their noses this whole time?
Streaming Date: September 10, 2021
Genre: Period Drama
Language: German with English Subtitles
Based on true events, “Hotel Sacher” explores the renowned owner and hotel’s reputation and the tales they kept behind closed doors. The imperial era is about to end; but what will replace it? One key, or rather many keys, lay in the hands of Anna Sacher, the domineering proprietor of the Hotel Sacher, the most distinguished hotel in Vienna. The city is the center of Europe, where the aristocracy still sets the tone and servants must know where they belong. And Anna, the unchallenged “Queen of Vienna,” makes sure that the “upstairs” and “downstairs” folk keep to themselves. They know they can rely on her discretion.
At the center of all this are two couples, the independent-minded publisher Martha and her unsuccessful writer-husband Max; and the romance novel authoress and princess, Konstanze and her socially committed husband Georg. Living on the edge, their destinies get intertwined as they conduct passionate but doomed affairs.
But there is another figure waiting in the wings to take a place on the chessboard of a new society: Marie. The illegitimate child of Georg – who had no idea of her existence – escapes the miserable conditions she was raised in and claims her rightful place. A new era is about to begin…
Other titles coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada in September:
Walter Presents: Witnesses, Season 1
Mayor of Casterbridge
Kidnap & Ransom Season 1,2
Walter Presents: Angel of Death, Season 1
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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. 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 Presentslaunched 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 Presentslaunched in Italy September 2018, its first roll-out in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018 Walter Presentspartnered 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 Presentslaunched 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 Presentsin 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 Presentspartnered 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, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), 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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