This July From PBS Distribution
New Seasons of Critically Acclaimed MASTERPIECE Series Plus “American Experience: Chasing the Moon” and More
on DVD and Blu-ray
Arlington, VA – July 2, 2019 – This July, PBS Distribution will release an array of programs on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital, including the all new seasons of “Endeavour, Season 6,” and “Grantchester, Season 4,” and the illuminating and exciting program “American Masters: Chasing the Moon” which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Other favorites such as FRONTLINE, NOVA, and AMERICAN MASTERS will also be available, in addition to others. Information about each program is listed below.
Shaun Evans sports a new look as DS Endeavour Morse in season 6 of the detective drama Endeavour, the popular prequel to the long-running “Inspector Morse” series.
Evans will also be putting his directorial mark on the show, heading behind the camera for the second 90-minute episode of the series.
His character will also be facing new challenges, with Morse having started a new role as a uniformed officer at the Woodstock police department and embracing the fashion of the period by growing a moustache.
Alongside Evans, the new series will see celebrated stage and screen actor Roger Allam return as DI Fred Thursday, alongside Anton Lesser as CS Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn, Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday, Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil and Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday.
Following the dissolution of the Oxford City Police and the merging with Thames Valley Constabulary at the end of the last series, the new series picks up with the team dispersed as they find their feet in their various new roles. However, despite their separation, the tragic murder of DC George Fancy still hangs over them both collectively and individually, with the case remaining unresolved.
“Grantchester” returns with a new vicar: Tom Brittney (Outlander, Call the Midwife) joins the cast of Season 4 as Reverend Will Davenport — man of the people and crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating in 1950s Grantchester.
James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman Sidney Chambers, makes his final appearance during the series.
Confident, caring and enigmatic, Grantchester’s new young parish priest channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him. As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.
This July marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The new program, “Chasing the Moon” from American Experience, thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The three-part series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. With no narration and using only archival footage — including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material — the film features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Poppy Northcutt, the 25-year-old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control, among others.
“Chasing the Moon” tells a vastly more entertaining and surprising story; the drive to land a man on the moon was fueled as much by politics as it was by technology and was a controversial undertaking during a volatile time.
Viewers trace the improbable journey of Robert Shaw’s life and career, from his childhood as a preacher’s son in rural California through his meteoric rise as a star of popular music during the Great Depression. Soon, Shaw made another highly implausible move to classical music where he again achieved stunning success. He founded the groundbreaking Collegiate Chorale, and led choruses for legendary orchestra conductors, including Arturo Toscanini. An early champion of civil rights, his chorales were among the first to break the color barrier in the American South. Shaw performed the music of Bach in the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, brought audiences to tears in East Berlin in the darkest days of the Cold War. Shaw believed great music could have a profound influence, whether in individual lives or in bringing communities together. Shaw’s influence extended far beyond the work of one great orchestra.
Shaw’s eventful journey is brought to life in the film by interviews with legendary musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, Alice Parker, Marietta Simpson, and Florence Kopleff, among others. Family members, admirers, and friends include President Jimmy Carter and Ambassador Andrew Young. Narrated by David Hyde Pierce,
“The Abortion Divide” offers a window into the sometimes difficult and deeply personal choices women face with unplanned pregnancy – and examines the steadfast belief of the anti-abortion community that there should be no choice at all.
Most of the women at the clinic who were asked to participate in “The Abortion Divide” declined, but those who chose to speak told FRONTLINE they wanted their stories to be heard.
In the program, FRONTLINE also speaks with nurses and administrators who work at crisis pregnancy centers. Catering to low-income pregnant women by offering free services, these centers’ primary focus is to support women who choose to keep their baby, and to ultimately encourage them to reject abortion.
As young children, they lived through “humanity’s darkest hour.” Now, over 70 years after World War II, FRONTLINE speaks with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust.
President Donald Trump’s decision to put tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports last year shocked the world — and launched a perilous confrontation between the world’s two largest economic superpowers.
“Trump’s Trade War” takes viewers on the ground in both the U.S. and China, drawing on business and government insider accounts to offer an eye-opening look at the increasingly competitive rivalry between the two countries — a rivalry that extends well beyond just trade and tariffs.
The program details the internal battle inside the White House over the administration’s decision to impose tariffs, upending decades of U.S. trade policy.
With interviews from former top administration officials on opposite sides of the fight, including Bannon and former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, the film explores how this decision ultimately put the U.S. on its own path, despite concerns from allies across the globe.
The program also examines the way China’s economic system – what’s come to be known as the China model – has driven the country’s development, but also left a trail of businesses concerned that the state-led economic model puts foreign businesses at a disadvantage. With access inside an electric vehicle startup in China, the team shows how this country with 1.4 billion people is putting major resources and focus on key industries, like autos, that have long been dominated by the United States.
The team also examines how the U.S. business community has resisted confronting China over business practices it says are unfair and violate trade rules — practices now at the heart of the negotiations between the Trump administration and China.
Finally, the piece takes viewers into a new front in Trump’s trade war: the high-stakes technology battle taking shape in places like Silicon Valley. As the Trump administration pushes ahead with new restrictions on China’s access to American technology, the investigative team takes a look at both the worries and the stakes for key businesses central to the U.S. economy.
The bitter, partisan battle that played out during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings reflected deep divisions in Washington that may seem unique to America’s current political and social moment.
But as this FRONTLINE investigation reveals, the intense politicization on display during the Supreme Court confirmation process — and the transformation of the Court itself — has been a shift decades in the making.
In “Supreme Revenge,” FRONTLINE’s acclaimed political team draws on dozens of interviews with key current and former U.S. senators — including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) — White House and congressional staffers, insiders from multiple presidential administrations, legal experts, authors and journalists to investigate how America reached this moment.
“Supreme Revenge,” explores the development of a key force in that new reality: the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that has impacted legislative agendas across the country and become one of the most powerful players in Washington — where some say they played a crucial role in helping to get Donald Trump elected.
Offering both critical context on the state of America’s judicial system and a gripping political narrative, the program is a must-watch look at how McConnell and the Federalist Society have come to dominate the Supreme Court — possibly for long into the future.
The advent of horse riding was a momentous step in human history. Horses vastly expanded long-distance travel and trade, made the herding of other livestock possible, and led to the rise of formidable mounted warriors who changed the fate of nations. But when and how did our ancestors first learn to master these animals? In a spectacular adventure, NOVA unlocks the mystery on the vast, grassy plains of Kazakhstan, where wild horses still roam free, and nomadic herders follow their traditional way of life. Investigating clues from archaeology and genetics, researchers reveal vivid evidence of the very first horsemen. They also discover a lost invasion of warriors who swept through Europe and turn out to be the ancestors of millions across the globe today.
There’s no place on Earth like it: The Dead Sea. Its salt-encrusted shores were the backdrop of Old Testament drama and the source of Cleopatra's beauty treatments. Even today, its striking teal waters and extreme chemistry capture the imagination. But, the Dead Sea is dying. Since 1976, its level has dropped more than 100 feet. Its coastline is pockmarked with thousands of sinkholes. But after more than a decade of research and debate, scientists, engineers, and political leaders have come up with a daring plan: connect the Red Sea with the Dead Sea by way of a massive desalination plant. If it’s successful, the project could not only revive the sea but also help ease political tensions and water shortages in the region. NOVA follows this unprecedented endeavor - perhaps the world’s largest water chemistry experiment - as scientists and engineers race to save the Dead Sea and bring water to one of the driest regions on Earth.
Just a few months after California’s devastating Carr Fire, another blaze became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. As residents raced to evacuate, the Camp Fire devoured 150,000 acres and claimed 86 lives. But how did it get so big so fast? And why are megafires like these becoming more common? NOVA goes to the front lines of the deadliest fires of California’s 2018 fire season to hear from the people who had to flee - and the scientists racing to understand what’s behind these record-breaking infernos. Researchers take to the forest, and even a fire lab, to understand the increasing megafire threat. They explore the physics of fire itself, documenting how firestorms move and travel, and what causes phenomena like fire tornadoes. In the process, they decode the link between climate change, drought, and wildfire. And they show how those environmental factors -combined with a century of fire suppression in the American West and new residential developments in the forest - may have created an unprecedented risk.
On February 6, 2018, the world watched as the first Falcon Heavy rocket blasted toward the heavens. It was the most powerful rocket to leave Earth since the iconic Saturn V lifted 12 Apollo astronauts to the Moon over four decades ago. With millions watching via web-stream and Twitter, it became clear: 21st century crewed space travel is making a comeback. And we are going back to the Moon…
On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing, NOVA looks ahead to the hoped-for dawn of a new age in space travel. This time, governments and private industry are sharing the work of reaching our nearest celestial neighbor. But why go back? The reasons are varied. The Moon can serve as a platform for basic astronomical research, as an abundant source of precious materials like rare metals and hydrogen fuel, and ultimately as a stepping stone for human missions to Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and beyond. Join the next generation of engineers that aim to take us to the Moon, and discover how our legacy of lunar exploration won’t be confined to the history books for long.
This two-hour dance and music extravaganza is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. This richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient, combining the traditional music with modern forms of Irish step dancing and song. This compelling 1,000 year-old story is brought to life with a live band, singers, and a gifted ensemble of dancers.
Rivers of Life
This landmark three-part series reveals the extraordinary animals, epic landscapes, and remarkable people who live alongside three iconic rivers: the Nile, the Mississippi, and the Amazon. Using new technology and exclusive stories, the program reveals a wider and fresh perspective on the extraordinary landscapes, surprising wildlife, and extraordinary people of these rivers. The Nile is the world’s longest river. From elephants and leopards to extreme kayakers and ancient wonders, its great length provides a lifeline for Africa’s wildest beasts and for some of the world’s most incredible cultures. The Amazon, the greatest river system on Earth, amasses one-fifth of Earth’s freshwater as it flows east from the Andes to the Atlantic. Boiling streams, crystal clear lagoons, pink river dolphins and a strange new reef are some of its many secrets and extreme worlds. The Mississippi reaches far beyond the Deep South; its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA. From the frozen north - where coyotes learn to fish in icy water--down through the nation’s agricultural heart and then to the mysterious, steamy southern swamps where alligators still rule, the many faces of the Mississippi unite a nation.
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.
FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest running investigative documentary series, explores the issues of our times through powerful storytelling. FRONTLINE has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 91 Emmy Awards and 22 Peabody Awards. Visit pbs.org/frontline and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagra
Now in its 45th season, NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston. NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on WGBH Boston and most PBS stations. The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.
About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
For 30 years, American Experience has been television’s most-watched history series. Hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune) and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle), the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. American Experience also creates original digital content that uses new forms of storytelling to connect our collective past with the present. Visit pbs.org/
Major funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Consumer Cellular and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for “Chasing the Moon” provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding for “Chasing the Moon” provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Strengthening America’s Future Through Education. Additional funding for American Experience provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, The Documentary Investment Group: Ira and Diana Riklis and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
About AMERICAN MASTERS
American Masters, THIRTEEN’s award-winning biography series, celebrates our arts and culture. Launched in 1986, the series set the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical acclaim and earning 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 14 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. To further explore the lives and works of masters past and present, American Masters offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, the American Masters Podcast, educational resources and more. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.
Support for American Masters: Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices is provided by Lessie Bailey Smithgall, The Shubert Organization, Bradley Currey, Jr., The Zeist Foundation, Livingston Foundation, Fox Theatre, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Vasser Woolley Foundation, Inc., Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund through SunTrust Trusteed Foundations, and C. Lynn Eden.
Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, Seton Melvin, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation. The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, Judith and Burton Resnick, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and public television viewers.
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 three streaming channels — PBS MASTERPIECE, PBS KIDS, and PBS LIVING — all on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with PBS LIVING also available on the Apple TV App. Other divisions of the company include: theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight and international licensing businesses.
PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators 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.