MASTERPIECE: "BEECHAM HOUSE” PREMIERES ON THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS MARCH ALONG WITH FOUR WALTER PRESENTS PROGRAMS “SECRET ENEMIES,” “THOU SHALT NOT KILL,” “BEFORE WE DIE,” “HOME GROUND
Programs Filled with Corruption, Kidnapping, Murder, Love, Exotic Landscapes and Mystery
MASTERPIECE: "BEECHAM HOUSE”
PREMIERES ON THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS MARCH ALONG WITH FOUR WALTER PRESENTS PROGRAMS “SECRET ENEMIES,” “THOU SHALT NOT KILL,” “BEFORE WE DIE,” “HOME GROUND
Programs Filled with
Corruption, Kidnapping, Murder, Love, Exotic Landscapes and Mystery
Arlington, VA – February 24, 2020 – This March, PBS Distribution premieres the new MASTERPIECE program “Beecham House,” featuring Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), a beautifully shot drama taking place in India at the brink of the British Empire, in addition to four new series from Walter Presents on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel. These include “Secret Enemies,” a Swedish spy-thriller about a possibly corrupt Prime Minister whose country is being spied on by the Kremlin, “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” the Italian drama/thriller about a moody detective who faces dark crimes in Italy while struggling to unravel her own family’s mystery, “Before We Die,” that follows Swedish police detective Hanna who enlists her son to help her uncover the dirty cop in her police force and, “Home Ground,” where football team Varg has survived their first season, but more changes threaten their second.
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Information about each of the programs is listed below.
From award-winning filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice), Beecham House is a six-part drama, taking place in 19th century India at the start of the British Empire, that explores the life of the mysterious John Beecham, a former East India Company employee who buys an imposing mansion in Delhi. Starring Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) as John, Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) as his mother Henrietta Beecham and Leo Suter (Sanditon) as his brother Daniel, Beecham House follows the twists and turns, and complex relationships of John and those that surrounded and live in the mansion with him.
Premiere Date: March 1, 2020
Genre: British Drama
The ensemble cast includes Gregory Fitoussi (Mr. Selfridge, Spiral), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge), Pallavi Sharda (Lion), Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour), Bessie Carter (Howards End), Viveik Kalra (Blinded By The Light) and Marc Warren (Safe, Hustle).
Walter Presents: Secret Enemies, Season 1
The Finnish Prime Minister’s chauffeur is found murdered and a briefcase containing classified documents goes missing. Detective Arto Ratamo from the Finnish Security Intelligence Service and Elina Linden, the young head of the National Bureau of Investigation must join forces to find out who is behind the chauffeur’s murder and who is trying to uncover information on Finland.They discover that a Russian oligarch has been spying on the Finnish government and Ratamo suspects the Prime Minister may be involved.
Premiere Date: March 6, 2020
Language: Finish with English Subtitles
A power battle with the Kremlin pushes both countries to the brink of war and Ratamo and Linden need to expose the oligarch’s plans before Russia invades Finland. Secret Enemies is a fast-paced thriller that include themes echoing the current state of world affairs.
Walter Presents: Thou Shalt Not Kill, Season 3
After the huge success of the first two seasons, Thou Shalt Not Kill returns to see moody detective Valeria face even darker crimes across Turin, Italy while she struggles to solve her own family’s mystery. When the lifeless body of Susanna Bianco is found, the suspicions immediately fall on her husband, who has previously been accused of violence against his wife. But is it all as clear-cut as it seems? Only Valeria’s intuition can help the police force find the answers and in doing so, Valeria is forced to confront her own demons and question everything she thought she knew about fear and love.
Premiere Date: March 13, 2020
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Above all, Valeria must face the most pressing and distressing mystery of all: her father’s death. Only her mother, Lucia, holds the key to the truth, however Lucia has disappeared, highly likely she has been kidnapped. With pressures from her work and as her family life build, will Valeria be able to keep her head above water before it all comes crashing down?
Walter Presents: Before We Die, Season 2
After police detective Hanna Svensson and her partner Bjorn get mobster Davor of the Mimica crime family off the streets, they must continue to keep Hanna’s son Christian, who was an undercover informant that infiltrated the family, as safe from the Mimicas as humanly possible. But Hannah has been tasked with a new secret role: to find the rat amongst the police. She can’t resist using her son once again to infiltrate a circle of corrupt cops, meaning Christian must create a brand-new identity and become an informant yet again.
Premiere Date: March 20, 2020
Language: Swedish with English Subtitles
But after his trauma from the Mimica family, he is not in the right headspace and gets much closer to the Circle than anyone wanted. Although, he is not the only one with a personal connection to this group of dark underground criminals creating an impossible web of misplaced loyalties…
Walter Presents: Home Ground, Season 2
Helena Mikkelsen and the Varg football team survived their first season in the Norwegian top flight league. On the cusp of a new season, the club teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. While Helena builds the team from the ground up, troubles tear them apart from the inside. But Varg’s potential saving grace, a new club owner, takes on a sour note as it pits Helena’s ambitions for the team against Espen’s will to preserve the spirit of the club in a battle only one of them will survive.
Premiere Date: March 27, 2020
Language: Norwegian with English Subtitles
As the season progresses, the men of Varg rebel against the women who have taken charge of their lives. Espen fights back against Helena and the new club owner Petra, while he comes to terms with his own sexuality. Adrian is locked in a complex triangle of who he should give his loyalty to, his coach Helena or his love interest Camilla, Helena’s daughter. And Michael facing a future without football, tries to win back custody of his children by taking his wife to court. Home Ground’s first season was a show about a woman claiming her place in a man’s world, the second season follows the men in a woman’s world.
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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 dram on the MASTERPIECE Prime Video 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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