Top dramas take over Sunday prime-time! New: CALL THE MIDWIFE, New: Sanditon on MASTERPIECE and New: MARIE ANTOINETTE – March 19

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Sunday, March 19 begins weeks of great NEW drama on WOUB!

8:00 pm Call The Midwife – Season 12

9:00 pm Sanditon on MASTERPIECE – Season 3

10:00 pm Marie Antoinette


Season 12 of the Beloved British Drama

CALL THE MIDWIFE Premieres March 19, 2023 at 8 pm on PBS

PBS Celebrates the Return of the Award-Winning Series Now in its Twelfth Year

Three 1950s-ish midwives in uniform posing in front of medicine shelf
Picture Shows: Iconic,Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Megan Cusack as Nurse Nancy

The critically acclaimed British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE returns for its 12th season Sundays, March 19 – May 7, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS, and the PBS app. The eight-part series, which follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House in 1960s East London, will air as part of PBS’s Sunday night drama lineup this spring.

In Season 12 – set in 1968 – change is in the air. Enoch Powell’s infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech criticizing immigration creates serious tension in Poplar, especially when a group of dockers march in support of Powell – distressing Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) and Lucille (Leonie Elliott) in particular. The midwives welcome a new nun, Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings), who is an instant hit with everyone – except Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett). Meanwhile, the bond between Trixie (Helen George) and Matthew (Olly Rix) only strengthens following their engagement, while Nurse Crane helps Nancy (Megan Cusack) with her financial woes. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) enjoys helping out the district, Shelagh (Laura Main) and Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) split their time between the busy maternity home and their lively young family, and Reggie (Daniel Laurie) continues to bring joy into the lives of Violet (Annabelle Apsion) and Fred (Cliff Parisi).

Sanditon, Season 3,
the final season
starring Rose Williams and Crystal Clarke on MASTERPIECE

Sundays, March 19 to April 23, 2023 at 9pm on PBS

Wedding bells ring, but for whom?

Jane Austen’s last, incomplete novel gets a glorious finish in the third and final season of Sanditon, MASTERPIECE’s acclaimed continuation of the story and characters created by Austen in her fascinating fragmentary work. Sanditon, Season 3, wraps up the plot in six satisfying episodes airing March 19 to April 23, 2023 at 9pm ET on PBS.

Three people in dress clothes standing on beach
Lady Montrose (EMMA FIELDING); Lydia Montrose (ALICE ORR-EWING); Henry Montrose (EDWARD DAVIS)
Photographer: Joss Barratt
(C) Red Planet (Sanditon 3) Ltd

“We’re sad to take leave of this marvelous series, which has all the wit and joy expected of a Jane Austen-inspired drama,” says Susanne Simpson, Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE. “We know viewers will be on the edge of their seats as the final pieces fall into place.”

Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures adds, “Telling the stories of these Austenian heroines over three seasons has been a joy- their journeys, hopes, dreams, and romances have resonated with fans all over the world. The characters have grown just as beautifully as the town of Sanditon itself, and we’re delighted to showcase the enchanting coastal resort for a final time.”

Set amid the romantic intrigues of an English seaside resort in the early 1800s, the MASTERPIECE series has been called “a balmy retreat” (Salon), “lush and fun” (New York Times), and “perfect escapist fare” (Indiewire).

True to themes from other Austen novels, the first two seasons raised and dashed various matrimonial prospects for the heroines, played by Rose Williams (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) and Crystal Clarke (Empire of Light).

couple walking on cobblestone road arm in arm
Edward Denham (JACK FOX); Augusta Markham (ELOISE WEBB)
Photographer: Joss Barratt
(C) Red Planet (Sanditon 3) Ltd

Williams appears as Charlotte Heywood, a young woman from the country whom fate has thrust into the social scene in Sanditon, which is vying to become the go-to spa for fashionable aristocrats and gentry. Although her father intends her to marry local farmer Ralph Starling (Cai Brigden, Summer of Rockets), Charlotte has attracted the attention of some of Sanditon’s most eligible bachelors—among them the enigmatic Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, The Crown), a landowner with a mysterious past.

Clarke’s character, Georgiana Lambe, faces an entirely different problem. A mixed-race heiress from the West Indies, she can’t trust any of her suitors, because in all probability they are only interested in her fortune. The two women bond over these courtship dilemmas as well as their resolve to forge their own destinies.

Romantic possibilities this season are enhanced by new cast members, including Emma Fielding (Cranford) as the financially distressed Lady Montrose, who arrives in Sanditon to snare matches for her grown children: Lydia (Alice Orr-Ewing, The Theory of Everything), who is an independent-minded young woman; and Lord Henry Montrose (Edward Davis, Emma), a duke whose title alone is an attractive selling point, if he is perhaps less suitable in other ways. James Bolam (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) plays Rowleigh Pryce, a crusty investor whom Tom Parker is courting to bankroll a new hotel in Sanditon, subject to Lady Denham’s approval. It turns out that Pryce and Lady Denham share a very interesting past.

And there is Liam Garrigan (The Pillars of the Earth), who appears as Alexander Colbourne’s brother, Samuel, a London attorney whose legal help is crucial as the plot approaches its climax. An eligible bachelor himself, Samuel gets caught up in the Sanditon marriage market. Intrigued by this former sleepy village which has become a place of hidden passions, he eyes a new female acquaintance and muses, “There are so many interesting things going on in Sanditon that require careful observation.”

Escape to Versailles With


Premiering March 19 on PBS

 The captivating new series about one of history’s most influential rulers launches across all PBS platforms this spring

The period drama series MARIE ANTOINETTE, which chronicles the infamous historical figure’s beginnings from a young dauphine to the last queen of France, will launch on all PBS platforms. The new series follows a young Marie Antoinette as she learns the rules and secrets of the court and attempts to recreate Versailles in her image: free, independent and feminist. But her successes provokes jealousy and rivalry, and her royal enemies will do everything they can to bring her down. The eight-episode series stars Emilia Schüle (“Berlin Dance School”) as the title character, with Louis Cunningham (“Bridgerton”) as the dauphin of France, Louis XVI.

actress playing MARIE ANTOINETTE holding cloth fan
Emilia Schüle (Marie Antoinette)

MARIE ANTOINETTE premieres Sunday, March 19, 10-11 p.m. ET on PBS and will be available to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms including, the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. MARIE ANTOINETTE will also be available to stream on PBS Passport.

MARIE ANTOINETTE is just a teenager when she leaves Austria to marry the dauphin of France. When she arrives at Versailles, she must obey the numerous and complex rules of the French court. The princess quickly suffers from not being able to live her life the way she wants, while her mother, the empress of Austria (Marthe Keller, “Marathon Man”), keeps pushing her to continue the Bourbon line and thus secure the alliance between the two countries. However, faced with Louis’ avoidant and solitary character, the mission turns out to be more complicated than expected. As defamatory pamphlets and persistent rumors about her private life undermine her status, her opponents within the royal family will do everything they can to bring her down.

actor playing prince standing in field during time of MARIE ANTOINETTE
Louis Cunningham (Louis)

Rounding out the ensemble cast are Gaia Weiss (“Vikings”), James Purefoy (“Rome”), Jack Archer (“Call the Midwife”), Jasmine Backborow (“Shadow and Bone”), Oscar Lesage (“Dangerous Liaisons”), Crystal Shepherd-Cross (“Chronicles of the Sun”), Roxane Duran (“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”), Caroline Piette (“Beats Per Minute”) and others.

Offering a rare glimpse into how the young princess turned into one of history’s most iconic leaders, MARIE ANTOINETTE, delivers breathtaking costumes and set design that take viewers to the Palace of Versailles at the height of the “ancien régime.”