THIS AUGUST PBS DISTRIBUTION
SIX ENTHRALLING SERIES ON THE
PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
Arlington, VA – July 25, 2019 – This August, PBS Distribution debuts six new series on the PBS
MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel that will have audiences captivated and obsessed! Among the
programs are: the dramatic mini-series “Breathless;” the second season of the up-beat who-dun-it
“Frankie Drake Mysteries;” and the first seasons of four Walter Presents International series, “Seaside
Hotel,” “Guardian Of The Castle,” “The Neighbours,” and “Before We Die.” The subscription rate for PBS
Masterpiece is $5.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps
support public television for all.
Information about each of the programs is listed below.
Table of Contents
Breathless Walter Presents: Guardian of The Castle
Frankie Drake Mysteries, Season 2 Walter Presents: The Neighbours, Season 1
Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel, Season 1 Walter Presents: Before We Die, Season 1
In 1961 London, when abortion was illegal and the Pill a rare commodity, the brilliant, charismatic
surgeon Otto Powell (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash) presides over a busy hospital
gynecology ward. With a passionate commitment to the women he treats, Powell provides safe and
highly illegal abortions in private practice.
August 10, 2019
But under the shiny veneer of pre-sexual revolution Britain, troubles don’t afflict just the patients.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, bound by a dangerous secret, Powell lacks the surgical control that he
commands in the operating room when it comes to his passions and his staff. The heady threats of sex
and ambition affect doctors and nurses alike in “Breathless,” where perfect lives are built on lies, and
everything depends upon guilty secrets remaining buried.
Starring alongside Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash) in this stylish story of a dark secret
amid the complexities of the sexual revolution are Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), Catherine Steadman
(Mansfield Park), Iain Glen (Downton Abbey), Natasha Little (Case Histories), Oliver Chris (Sharpe’s
Challenge), Joanna Page (Love Actually), and Shaun Dingwall (Touching Evil)
Frankie Drake Mysteries: Season 2
Toronto’s top crime-solving women are back in Frankie Drake Mysteries, Season 2. In the 1920s, the world
is undergoing massive changes. Jazz is on the turntables as communism and prohibition are being hotly
debated over hard drinks in speakeasies. Society will never be the same – and crime has never had it
better. A new age calls for a new kind of detective, and the women of Drake Private Detectives fit the bill.
In a time of change and hopefulness, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations
and rebel against convention. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them?
Streaming August 12, 2019
Genre Arts: Mystery
Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel: Season 1
“Downton Abbey” meets “Agatha Christie” in this mystery that boasts the highest drama TV ratings EVER
on TV2 in Denmark. “Seaside Hotel” has been so successful, that it just finished its sixth season.
It’s 1920s Denmark and chambermaid Fie is starting her first day of work at a rural beach hotel. Her
father warns her not to fraternize with the bourgeois guests, but as secrets about each guest begin to
unravel, the seemingly idyllic rural life is much more dramatic than Fie expected...
Fie is an 18-year-old girl from a working-class family, with a recently deceased mother and a father who is
ill from a lifetime of working at the mill. She needs to earn some money fast and manages to land a job at
the Seaside Hotel. The hotel owner is immediately charmed by her good looks and quickly promotes her
to chambermaid, which causes shockwaves through the normally strictly conventional hotel; the owner’s
wife is wary, the other maids are jealous and the local, young farmer is intrigued by this pretty new
addition to his client’s staff. As the annual visitors settle into their rooms, Fie begins to learn about old
habits and new secrets, as their chambermaid unwittingly becomes party to betrayal, murder and
Walter Presents: Guardian Of The Castle
August 2, 2019
Language Danish with English Subtitles
August 9, 2019
Language Croatian with English Subtitles
Goran Bogdan (TV’s Fargo) stars in this beautifully framed, slow burning thriller. It’s Christmas Eve 1977
and Croatian secret agent Dragi is tasked with assassinating an entire family who are endangering the
communist regime. Despite the fact that his target is a personal friend, Dragi executes his mission with
Eight years later, Dragi gets a new mission to assassinate a target in Germany, but this time things go
horribly wrong. The man he’s meant to kill is kidnapped at the last-minute, seconds before Dragi was
about to pull the trigger. Is it a kidnap or have the German secret service been secretly tipped off? Set in
the political turmoil of the cold war, this is a world laden with betrayal, paranoia and switching loyalties.
The old guard are under threat like never before and only the most ruthless will survive.
Walter Presents: The Neighbours, Season 1
Pregnant with her first child, Eva and Peter are blissfully happy and about to move into a new house in a
seemingly quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of Amsterdam. However, tragedy strikes, Eva gives birth
prematurely and the baby dies. Grief stricken they find support and friendship with their new neighbours,
Rebecca and Steef. At first the friendship is fun but as the lives of both couples become more intertwined,
dark secrets are exposed and boundaries crossed with fatal consequences for all involved.
A smash hit in its Native Netherlands, the show showcases the sizable talents of a cast who, tantalizingly,
are romantically engaged both on and off screen.
Streaming August 16, 2019
Language Dutch with English Subtitles
Walter Presents: Before We Die, Season 1
Before We Die, called “one of the best police dramas of all time” and “as good as ‘The Bridge’ and ‘The
Killing’” by celebrity fan, Ricky Gervais, is the story about Hanna, a cop experiencing her life slipping away.
She is closing in on sixty and on the shortlist for early retirement. She's missing her family, the people she
has been neglecting during her career. One person she misses in particular; her son Christian, who's just
been released from a two-year prison sentence for drug possession. It doesn't help that Hanna was the
Hanna no longer belongs to the elite group within the Department of Organized Crime. But her close
colleague and lover Sven does. When Sven is kidnapped, his role in the investigation of a notorious biker
gang surfaces. Hanna finds out something no one else knows; Sven has been handling an informant. She
can't figure out what organization this informant belongs to, and just knows the name; Inez. The only way
for Hanna not to lose this critical informant is by continuing the dialogue by text messaging -without
knowing the informant is actually her own son, Christian. Neither of them know the other's true identity.
While Hanna and Christian’s private relationship is under hard constraints, their relationship as handler
and infiltrator is growing stronger.
About MASTERPIECE Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 16 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night
viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is
provided by Viking with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Presented
on PBS by WGBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent hits such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved
classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.
About WALTER PRESENTS
Walter Presents launched in January 2016 in the U.K. as a video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and
Global Series Network, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award-winning
foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan. In March 2017, Walter
Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the U.S., with the New York Times hailing it as a “chic TV boutique with a foreign
accent.” In November 2017, Walter Presents launched in Australia through pay TV service Foxtel, and in Italy in September 2018,
it launched its first roll-out in mainland Europe on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018, Walter Presents
partnered with PBS Distribution to launch over 300 hours of quality foreign language drama on the MASTERPIECE Prime Video
Streaming August 30, 2019
Language Dutch with English Subtitles
Channel. Walter’s Choice is a selection of the Walter Presents programming that is made available for air on PBS stations.
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