PBS is continuing to expand their lineup of acquired British programs on Sunday nights with two new series: Murder on the Homefront and The Making of a Lady.
The 90-minute drama Making of a Lady will debut following Downton Abbey season four on Sunday, February 9th at 10PM. Based on a novel by “The Secret Garden” writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, the drama focuses on penniless Lady’s maid Emily Fox Seaton (Lydia Wilson). During her time as Lady Maria’s (Joanna Lumley) companion, Emily accepts the practical proposal from Maria’s widowed nephew James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). However, when her husband leaves to join the regiment, Emily finds herself with Alec Osborn (James D’Arcy) and his wife Hester (Hasina Haque), who are not what they seem.
Then on the following Sunday, February 16th, another 90-minute drama Murder on the Homefront will air at 10PM following episode seven of Downton Abbey season four. Loosely based on Molly Lefebure’s memoirs ( Lefebure was secretary during World War II to the Home Office Pathologist and pioneer of modern forensics, Keith Simpson), Murder on the Homefront is set in London during the Blitz. The series explores both the city’s indomitable nature and the people who chose the dark times to hide their crimes– including a serial killer. The series stars Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre).
Both series originally aired on ITV in the UK. Which mystery are you looking forward to watching play out the most?
[Correction: An earlier version of this article attributed Murder on the Homefront and The Making of a Lady as Masterpiece projects, when they are simply PBS acquisitions.]