Eight’s Sensational British Drama Sunday spring lineup includes new seasons of "Call the Midwife" & "Mr. Selfridge"
March 17, 2015
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“Call the Midwife” Season 4, premiering Sunday, Mar. 29, at 7 p.m., stars Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara Gilbert. Photo credit: Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/Neal Street Productions
PHOENIX – (March 6, 2015) Eight, Arizona PBS reveals a new Sensational British Drama Sunday lineup this spring with fresh seasons of hit series “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge,” beginning March 29 at 7 p.m
“We’re thrilled to bring fans new drama-packed seasons of ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Mr.Selfridge,’ says Eight's Associate General Manger of Content Nancy Southgate. “Our Sensational British Drama Sunday continuously draws Eight’s largest audience, and our spring lineup will leave fans craving more unforgettable moments.”
Eight’s Sensational British Drama Sunday spring lineup kicks off with “Call the Midwife” season 4 at 7 p.m. Audiences can expect several new faces at Nonnatus House, including young nurse Barbara Gilbert, who yearns to earn the respect of her colleagues, and Phyllis Crane, who struggles to fit in amongst the midwives.
As the series enters 1960, the midwives will find their traditional values challenged by a rapidly changing world. Season 4 will tackle many emerging social issues of the day as the midwives handle seemingly impossible situations involving prostitution, homosexuality and more.
In preparation for the season 4 premiere, viewers will be able to marathon season 3 of “Call the Midwife” on the PBS Video Portal, from Monday, March 23 to Sunday, March 29. Full episodes of season 4 will also be available for viewing online for a limited time after each national broadcast.
To satisfy the Eight audience’s ever-increasing appetite for great British drama, “Call the Midwife’s” season 4 debut will be followed at 8 p.m. by the third season of “Mr. Selfridge,” the series hailed as “addicting” by The Wall Street Journal.
The acclaimed Masterpiece Classic series, based on the historical exploits of the founder of London’s legendary department store, Selfridge & Co., follows the fascinating rise and fall of the colorful but troubled London retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, played by three-time Emmy Award-winner Jeremy Piven. Last season saw Selfridge doing his bit for Britain during World War I, even though he was widely disdained as a showboating American. Season 3 opens in 1919 with a funeral and a wedding. Now that the war has ended, soldiers are returning home to reclaim their jobs—at least any job not already taken by women and others on the home front. All sales are final as Selfridge gambles his store, his fortune and his personal happiness on an audacious retail strategy.
Zoë Wanamaker, star of “Agatha Christie: Poirot,” joins the series cast to play trouble-making Russian Princess, Marie de Bolotoff. The Selfridges’ flamboyant staff also returns, with Amanda Abbington as Miss Mardle, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr. Grove, Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb, Aisling Loftus as Agnes Towler, Grégory Fitoussi as Henri Leclair and Aidan McArdle as Lord Loxley.