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PBS Announces Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

06/12/2017

Ann Curry - WELL MEET AGAIN, Courtesy of photo by David Turnley; James Baldwin in the crowd. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963, Washington, Courtesy of Dan Budnik - All Rights Reserved; VICTORIA SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE, Courtesy of ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE; Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Lewis, Courtesy of Pinewood Television, SunnyMarch TV and MASTERPIECE for BBC One and MASTERPIECE

- Victoria Returns in Season 2 on MASTERPIECE -

- Other Highlights Include New Series WE'LL MEET AGAIN

with Ann Curry and Little Women on MASTERPIECE -

Tony Bennett, Jenna Coleman, Benedict Cumberbatch,

Michael Gambon, Tom Hughes, Kelly Macdonald, Nas, Diana Rigg, Emily Watson and More Light Up the Screen on PBS

Benjamin Bratt, Bill Nye and Two-Time Oscar-nominee Emily Watson to Attend PBS Presentations During the Winter Television Critics Press Tour

ARLINGTON, VA; December 6, 2017 - PBS today announced its Winter/Spring 2018 schedule lineup, which includes the much-anticipated second season of MASTERPIECE's hit series Victoria (Sundays, January 14-February 25),starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes and, this season, Dame Diana Rigg. Also coming from MASTERPIECE is Little Women (Sundays, May 13-20) with Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker and Michael Gambon in this new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's timeless classic, and The Child in Time (Sunday, April 1), based on Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald.

Additional highlights include the debut of the new series WE'LL MEET AGAIN (Tuesdays, January 23-February 27) with Ann Curry, which explores some of history's most dramatic events through the personal stories of those who experienced them, reuniting people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments (view clip here). NATURE's three-part miniseries Animals with Cameras (Wednesdays, January 31-February 14) is a fascinating look at the secret lives of animals, filmed where no human cinematographers can go.

The arts continue to shine on PBS with the premiere of TONY BENNETT: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG (Friday, January 12); GREAT PERFORMANCES concerts from the groundbreaking artists Nas (Friday, February 2) and will.i.am, as he reunites with the Black Eyed Peas for Landmarks Live in Concert: AGREAT PERFORMANCESSpecial (Friday, April 13); and Live From Lincoln Center Presents at the Appel Room (beginning Spring 2018), a concert miniseries that puts a spotlight on Stephanie J. Block, Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom Jr., and Andrew Rannells with four new episodes, one for each performer, illuminating their journeys to musical stardom, revisiting favorite songs and offering glimpses of future projects.

PBS will also be home to supersized event programming this season, with the nine-part CIVILIZATIONS (Tuesdays, April 17-May 15, June TBA), which tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day - for the first time on a global scale - and THE GREAT AMERICAN READ (Tuesday, May 22), which kicks off a national campaign to choose America's Best-Loved Book.

PBS will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and recognize the 50th anniversary of King's assassination with a slate of programs that celebrate his legacy, including the Academy Award-nominated film from INDEPENDENT LENS, I Am Not Your Negro (Monday, January 15). The film examines the lives and successive assassinations of three of James Baldwin's close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Programs airing around Dr. King's birthday and in honor of Black History Month include AMERICAN MASTERS Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, about the A Raisin in the Sun playwright (Friday, January 19), INDEPENDENT LENS Winnie, about the wife of Nelson Mandela (Monday, February 5) and an encore broadcast of AMERICAN MASTERS Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, about the activist, poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Friday, February 16). In April - the anniversary month of Dr. King's assassination - PBS presents encore broadcasts of Dr. Henry Louis Gates' BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE (Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4) and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Roads to Memphis (Wednesday, April 4).

PBS will present its Winter/Spring programming slate during presentations at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Tuesday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17, and will include appearances by Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, Maya Hawke, Annes Elwy, Willa Fitzgerald and Kathryn Newton from MASTERPIECE's Little Women, plus Benjamin Bratt and activist Dolores Huerta, PBS icon Bill Nye, acclaimed director Stanley Nelson and more.

The PBS Winter/Spring season includes many additional shows, series and specials, with most program descriptions listed below. More announcements about PBS specials and thematic programs will be made in the coming weeks, including programs for Earth Day and Memorial Day. Please check full listings below. For more information on all programs, visit pressroom.pbs.org.

PROGRAM LISTINGS FOR PBS WINTER/SPRING 2018

TOP SEASON PICKS

SEASON 2 PREMIERE: MASTERPIECE Victoria (Sundays, January 14-21, 9-11 pm, January 28-February 25, 9-10 pm ET) The dazzling series returns with Jenna Coleman as the feisty rookie monarch, Tom Hughes as her smoldering consort, Prince Albert, Rufus Sewell as her former prime minister and close friend Lord Melbourne, and Dame Diana Rigg joining the acting ensemble. Season 2 takes place against the backdrop of the early years of the Industrial Revolution, when society is changing as fast as the queen's growing family.

MASTERPIECE Little Women (Sundays, May 13, at the special time of 8-9 pm ET; May 20, at the special time of 8-10 pm ET) As engaging today as
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