Wednesday, October 31, 2018


New season premieres on November 21
“Epic frontier drama” ««««
-- TV Times 
“The brilliant historical drama”
-- The Sun

Arlington, VA – October 31, 2018 – PBS Distribution is pleased to announce that the epic drama JAMESTOWN returns for a second season.  Full of dazzling ventures in love, war, and diplomacy, the new season premieres on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video channel, and in PBS Passport beginning November 21, 2018. From the makers of Downton Abbey and written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), this dramatic series follows the lives of three courageous, dynamic women who leave their dark pasts behind in England to start new lives on the edge of the breathtaking but untamed Virginian wilderness, in the 17th century colony of Jamestown.

Season 2 takes viewers back to a thriving  colony, where the tobacco plantations are starting to provide the wealth they promised and trade booms; but the status quo will soon be disrupted by births, deaths, and broken marriages. The pioneering settlers find themselves at the heart of adventure once more as a kidnapping, new rivalries, and a traitor threaten to disrupt the peace. New romantic connections are made, desires repressed, and even the purest of loves will be tested. The power of politics will impact the whole community, as the battle for supremacy continues.

A new episode of JAMESTOWN will be available each Monday on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video channel, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial, and in PBS Passport, a member benefit for PBS station donors that offers extended access to a rich library of public television programming (contact your local PBS station for details). 

JAMESTOWN is produced by Carnival Films, an NBCUniversal International Studios company, and executive produced by Richard Fell, Bill Gallagher, Nigel Marchant and Gareth Neame, and produced by Sue de Beauvoir. 

The ensemble cast includes: Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh and Naomi Battrick as the leading female roles. The male leading roles include Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Kalani Queypo and Raoul Trujillo.
The series is distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats including direct-to-consumer subscription video-on-demand (DTC-SVOD), transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) licensing, and physical products on DVD and Blu-ray.  In addition, the company operates two Prime Video Channels on Amazon - PBS MASTERPIECE and PBS KIDS, as well as a theatrical releasing division, and educational, non-theatrical, inflight and international licensing businesses.    

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 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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About Carnival Films
Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International Studios and one of the UK’s leading drama specialists. The company is responsible for the global television phenomenon Downton Abbey and current primetime series such as The Last Kingdom for Netflix, and Jamestown and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man for Sky One. The company is currently filming the Downton Abbey movie, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing. Other shows produced over Carnival’s history include Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula, as well as award-winning mini-series such as Traffik, Any Human Heart, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and The Hollow Crown anthology. Carnival has received a host of national and international awards including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and has been recognized as the UK’s best production company at both the Bulldog Awards and Broadcast Awards.

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