— Five New International Walter Presents Titles Also Available —
Arlington, VA – June 17, 2021 – This July, the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel has something for everyone including “Professor T,” based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, starring Ben Miller (Bridgerton) and the fourth season of the BAFTA award-winning series “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Unforgotten.” In “Professor T,” Jasper Tempest, a professor at Cambridge teaching the science of crime, lives a precisely calibrated and rigidly structured life, that is, until a former student, and current detective for the local police, convinces him to help her solve their most difficult cases. Then in “Unforgotten” DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan return as they investigate a cold case with alarming links to the police force. The new Walter Presents International series streaming on the channel in July are: “The Same Sky,” “The Last Wave,” “The Half Brother,” “Love, Inevitably,” and “Under Suspicion, Season 2.”
Streaming Date: July 11, 2021
Genre: Drama, Crime Thriller
The impeccably dressed meticulously punctual Professor T, lectures daily at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, teaching students imaginatively, if pedantically, about the science of crime. And each evening, he returns home to his apartment, which is as sterile and systematically organized as a science lab. Thanks to this strictly regimented approach, his OCD and germaphobia are under control.
But his buttoned-up world is slowly undone when he is persuaded by one of his former students, Detective Sergeant Lisa Donckers, to assist her in investigating a serial rapist. The Professor’s encyclopedic knowledge of criminal psychology and his brilliant mind prove invaluable to the team, but the cracks in his carefully constructed, emotionless exterior begin to show.
Working with the police – and the fiery, instinctive Lisa, in particular – drags Professor T far from his comfort zone and even forces him to confront his suppressed feelings for an old flame. He also finds it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of his imperious mother (Frances de la Tour), with whom he shares a harrowing family secret that has cast a long shadow over both their lives.
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Unforgotten, Season 4
Streaming Date: July 11, 2021
Genre: Drama, Crime Thriller
In the most dramatic season yet, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) investigate a cold case with alarming links to the police force.
A corpse is discovered in a scrap yard, with his features frozen in time. Four suspects emerge, all of them having links to the law and having attended the same police training course back in 1989. Since then, their lives have gone in very different directions. Some have thrived and others have faltered. But exactly who is fighting for justice? Can the police force ever really be trusted? And will Cassie and Sunny find themselves on the wrong side of the law?
Walter Presents: The Same Sky
Streaming Date: July 2, 2021
Genre: Drama, Crime Thriller
Language: German with English Subtitles
It’s East Germany in the spring of 1974, and Lars Weber, an East German Intelligence agent, is being relocated to West Berlin, tasked with seducing and spying on women who work in government or defense institutions for other countries. Lars is a young talent only just emerging from his espionage training program when he is assigned the case of Lauren Faber (Sophia Helin, MASTERPIECE: Atlantic Crossing), a data analyst for the British Secret Service at the Devil’s Mountain listening station. Under the strict, sceptical and somewhat twisted guidance of his handler Ralf Müller, Lars quickly proves his talent, making his first steps into Lauren’s wary and formerly closed-off psyche. When Lauren ends up in intensive care, Lars is given a new target: Sabine Cutter, Lauren’s U.S. counterpart at the listening station, who proves a much tougher target. Will he be able to fulfil his mission or will his growing feelings for Sabine lead to an evening that will forever change their lives?
Walter Presents: The Last Wave
One day in Brizan, a quiet seaside resort in the region of Landes in southwestern France, everything changes with the arrival of a wave. When a surge of clouds and a supersized wave collide during a surfing competition it engulfs the participants, causing them to disappear. Five hours later, the surfers reappear unharmed, but with no recollection of what happened to them. One by one, the returning surfers discover they each possess inexplicable powers.
The wave throws the small town into disarray which causes them to face a nightmare that is much bigger than them. This is a thriller of humanity versus nature and not everyone will survive.
Walter Presents: The Half Brother
Based on the novel by Norwegian writer Lars Saabye, this award-winning series follows the life of a family spanning five generations in 20th century Europe focusing on the half-brothers Barnum and Fred. On V Day, May 1945, as the continent emerges from war, Barnum’s mother Vera is raped in her attic in Oslo by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Barnum’s half-brother, Fred. When Barnum is born five years later, to the man that Vera has since met and married, the Nilsen family, like Europe, is already splitting in two. Growing up together during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, and Fred searching for his – the half-brothers become estranged and Fred eventually disappears. At the film festival in Berlin in 1990, as the Wall is still coming down, Barnum learns that Fred has returned. Finally, as the true identity of Fred’s father comes to light, the two half-brothers may once again be reunited.
Walter Presents: Love, Inevitably
“Love, Inevitably” is about an incredible and sudden love, made up of reality and imagination. It is the story of Candela and Massimo, a dancer from Seville and an entrepreneur from Rome, two complete opposites, but two destined to meet. It all starts in Prague, where Candela and Massimo meet by chance. It is hate at first sight, and yet they can’t stay away from each other. Once back in their home countries, they appear in each other’s thoughts and visions. From that moment on they will have to put up with paranormal phenomena that happen at the most inopportune moments, demanding their attention and manipulating their choices. In an effort to set these spirits and their souls at ease, they will attempt to make their love a palpable reality.
In addition to the above, the other title that will be streaming on the
PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel this July is listed below:
Walter Presents: Under Suspicion, Season 2
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 – all carefully curated for ‘viewers like you’.
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 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.
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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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