New Slate to Feature the Best of British Dramas Five Nights a Week,
NHK World TV Specials and International News
'The Leading Ladies of KCET' Sunday Night Block to Include Highly-Acclaimed
BBC Series, 'Scott & Bailey' and 'Miranda'
Burbank, Calif. - Aug. 5, 2013 - KCET, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, today announced its new Fall line-up. In addition to offering the best of British dramas five nights a week, KCET is launching several NHK World TV specials showcasing Asian life and culture, and new international news programs, France 24 and Journal, airing daily beginning Monday, August 5.
Also, this fall, KCET will debut a new Sunday night block introducing viewers to "The Leading Ladies of KCET," which will include the hit BBC detective series, Scott & Bailey, the BBC sitcom, Miranda - both new to KCET's schedule - along with the popular mystery series, Rosemary & Thyme making a re-appearance in primetime.
On Monday, August 5, France 24, will kick off KCET's new international news block, which currently includes newscasts from BBC World News America, BBC World News and NHK's Newsline. France 24, a French perspective to international current events, will air daily on KCET at 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, Journal, a newscast from international German-based broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, airs daily on KCET at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
NHK World TV Specials
Starting in August, KCET and Link TV will air a series of NHK World TV specials, showcasing Asian life and culture. The first special, Tomorrow: A Gift of Courage and Resilience, will premiere on KCET on August 8 at 10 p.m. The special follows English singer/actress Jane Birkin as she visits the severely damaged city of Ishinomaki where she gives a charity concert and meets locals gradually recovering from the effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. Two additional NHK specials will air in August: Genki Sudo: Breaking People's Expectations and Kawaii International: Lawaii in Tokyo & Padis. Check your local listings for dates and times.
The Leading Ladies of KCET
This fall, KCET will debut, "The Leading Ladies of KCET," a new Sunday night block of programming led by strong female characters. The night kicks-off on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. with BBC's acclaimed investigative drama, Scott & Bailey. The hit series explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives - DC Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones), a down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single woman; and her partner, DC Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp), a diplomat and a thinker, who is also a wife and mother.
At 9:45 p.m., back by popular demand, mystery series, Rosemary and Thyme follows the adventures of two gardening enthusiasts, Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) and Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) who find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries.
Award-winning BBC sitcom, Miranda (10:30 p.m.), written by and starring comedienne Miranda Hart will close the female-driven block. New to KCET, the series delves into Hart's semi-fictional, clumsy world where whatever she attempts in life seems to end in a disastrous way.
The Best of British Drama
KCET will continue to air the best of British dramas five nights a week, Sunday-Thursday at 8 p.m.
Foyle's War - Set during and shortly after World War II, the series chronicles the adventures of Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle's (Michael Kitchen) as he attempts to apprehend criminals who are taking advantage of the confusion the war has created in England.
New Tricks - A team of retired former detectives with over 80 years service between them and three very distinct personalities is recruited to re-examine unsolved crimes
Death in Paradise - The warm, light-hearted detective series follows a strait-laced detective from London's Metropolitan Police who is sent to the fictional Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie to solve the case of the death of a fellow British policeman.
MI-5 - The action-packed drama follows the clandestine security service, and the people who make up the elite team. Topical and edgy, the series chronicles the passion, jeopardy and the intrigue of people who have to lie for a living - and who can never tell the truth to their loved ones about what it is that they do.
Doc Martin - KCET's highest-rated program, the series stars Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) as Dr. Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. The series details the trials and tribulations of the brash Ellingham, once a celebrated London surgeon who left his job after developing a phobia to blood.
In addition, beginning Thursday, September 5, KCET will reprise the back-to-back programming schedule starring Clunes. Viewers can watch the versatility of the award-winning actor, as he transforms from a brilliant yet abrasive and ill-mannered surgeon in Doc Martin to a kind and romantic undertaker in William and Mary. Alongside Clunes, the series stars Julie Graham and follows two single parents looking for love, who perhaps find it, but experience twists and turns along the way.
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