With Poldark (June 21 at 9:00p ET / 8:00p CT), Crimson Field (Sunday, June 21 at 10:00p ET / 9:00p CT) and Last Tango in Halifax (Sunday, June 28 at 8:00p ET / 7:00p CT) just around the PBS corner, you’d think this would be enough to keep your mind off the fact that we still have 6 months until the long-awaited return of Sherlock and 6 months and some change until we return to Downton Abbey.
Just in case you have done the math, you’ve probably realized that even with this summer’s drama overload on PBS, there is still a Fall season to contend with before we hang with the Crawleys for the final time beginning January 3, 2016. Not to worry. PBS, once again, has you covered with an all new line-up of drama brilliance beginning this Fall beginning in September.
Arthur & George – begins Sunday, September 6 at 8:00p ET / 7:00p CT
Starring Martin Clunes and based on a series of true events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur & George showcases a fairly deciding moment in Conan Doyle’s life following the death of his wife, Louisa. Describing himself as a ‘bore and a sulk’, the creator of Sherlock Holmes became possessed with pursuing and challenging a notorious miscarriage of justice. The case was that of George Edalji, a hard-working solicitor and the son of Hampshire vicar, Reverend Shapurji Edalji and his wife Charlotte. George has served seven years in Pentonville Prison for allegedly mutilating animals and sending threatening letters. The offenses have become widely known as the Great Wyrley Rippings.
Indian Summers – begins Sunday, September 27 at 9:00p ET / 8:00 CT
Set in the summer of 1932, a time where India is dreaming of independence while the British continue to desperately cling to their colonial rule of India, Indian Summers stars Academy Award nominee Julie Walters (Harry Potter, The Hollow Crown), Henry Lloyd Hughes (The Inbetweeners, Harry Potter, Madame Bovary) and Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones).
In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla, a little bit of England where every summer the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the summer months.
Home Fires – begins Sunday, October 4 at 8:00p ET / 7:00p CT
Based on “Jambusters: The Story of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War” by Julie Summers, Home Fires follows the exploits of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during the Second World War. With their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers experiencing bloodshed on the battlefields, the women band together to prevent their world falling apart.
The Widower – begins Sunday, October 4 at 10:00p ET / 9:00p CT
Starring Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen), Sheridan Smith (The C Word) and John Hannah (A Touch of Cloth), The Widower tells the story of real-life murderer Malcolm Webster who, over a 13-year period, set about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and moving on to a further scheme to deceive his third fiancée.
The Guilty – begins Sunday, November 1 at 10:00p ET / 9:00p CT
Starring Darren Boyd (Green Wing, Dirk Gently, Whites, Spy), Tamsin Greig (Black Books) and Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), The Guilty begins with Claire and Daniel Reid frantically searching for their little boy Callum when they awake to find him missing following an annual neighbourhood barbecue, Five years later, DC Maggie Brand (Greig) investigates the disappearance following the discovery of a body, while at the same time coping with her own son’s diagnosis with autism.
Keeping score or not, the next thing you know it will be Sunday, January 3, 2016.