Spring 2013 will be one to remember for U.S. based of British TV, as PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet and Acorn TV have put together an impressive line-up full of the best dramas and the biggest stars. Now is the time to prime the DVR, load up on popcorn and brew a nice cup of tea because we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the Must Watch British TV shows that are set to hit your screens starting this weekend.
The now traditional Easter Doctor Who episode will air on Saturday 30 March at 8pm E.T. on BBC America. The Bells of Saint John is written by series producer Steven Moffat and it includes the official introduction of the Time Lord’s new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). The duo must unravel a mystery involving alien attempts to hijack London’s Wi-Fi systems.
The British TV drama continues on Easter Sunday as PBS offer a double dose of 20th century costume drama. Call The Midwife season two makes its long awaited debut at 8pm in most markets but you should check your local listings for full broadcast details. At 9pm, PBS Masterpiece introduces the world to the colorful entrepreneur Mr Selfridge. Jeremy Piven (Entourage) plays the extravagant American who created London’s finest store and revolutionized the retail industry.
April 1 – 6
The Ireland based ITV drama Single-Handed season one will be available through Acorn TV’s streaming service as of April Fool’s Day and you’d be a fool to turn your nose up at Acorn’s current offering of a month’s free trial. The April line-up of shows includes the entire seven volumes of Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murder, Cadfael, French Fields and the BBC’s new hit day-time drama Father Brown.
David Tennant may have said goodbye to Doctor Who but his BBC America connection is about the be revived as the network air the war-time thriller Spies of Warsaw. The show is written by Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement whose past work includes hits such as Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. It makes its debut on Wednesday 3 April at 9pm.
April 7 – 8
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water . . . Jeremy Wade told you otherwise! Britain’s best and most daring angler returns to Animal Planet at 9pm on Sunday 7 April for an all new season of River Monsters. Episode one involves the scary sounding Face Ripper of Bolivia but worse is to come as Wade goes in search of the Loch Ness Monster.
On 8 April, Acorn TV add the 1970s Thames TV drama The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes to an already impressive ensemble of dramas and classic comedies. The series includes a number of stand-alone tales each of which involves a different detective. If fantasy is not your thing then you may prefer Acorn’s other new addition – The Queen. Emilia Fox, Samantha Bond, Susan Jameson, Barbara Flynn and Diana Quick all take turns to play Britain’s reigning monarch as she negotiates the pivotal moments of her 50 plus year spell on the throne.
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