Death in Paradise
The series Death in Paradise returns to Thursday nights on Eight beginning July 31, 2014. There are eight new episodes of the series available. A fourth season has been ordered but we don’t know yet when it will be produced.
Scott and Bailey
At this time we have no word on when the new season of Scott and Bailey will be available. We were fortunate to receive the first three seasons of the series in one batch and aired them all. A fourth season was commissioned, and are waiting to learn when it will be available for broadcast in the US. It is tentatively listed to be broadcast in the UK this fall but as yet there is no actual date scheduled.
The Bletchley Circle
Season 2 of the series The Bletchley Circle was only four episodes in length. It premiered on April 13, 2014 on Eight and the final episode of the series aired on May 4, 2014. The series has not been renewed at this time.
Each season of DCI Banks is produced as three stories. In the UK, each story is shown as two episodes, each about 45 minutes in length, so the series is six episodes per season. In the US, part 1 and part 2 of each story is combined into one episode of approximately 90 minutes. The initial package we received contained a pilot episode plus seasons 1 and 2, for a total of seven episodes. Season 3, which just aired, contained only three episodes. The latest season aired on Sunday evenings and has just finished repeating on Thursday night. As yet there has been no word on whether another season will be produced.
The final episode of season 6 of Doc Martin aired on May 8, 2014. There were only eight episodes in the season. There will be another season of the series but it will not be filmed until summer 2015. It will air in the UK that fall and we should receive it for broadcast in late winter/early spring 2016.
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife has been renewed for a fourth season. We anticipate it will return in March 2015.
The Masterpiece series Downton Abbey will return to Eight in January 2015 for the new season 5. The previous season (4) will repeat Sunday evenings in December 2014.
Last fall a new series premiered on Masterpiece called The Paradise. We’re anticipating a new season of the program will air later this year.
We will be repeating season 6 of Woodsmith Shop on Eight HD (digital 8.1) on Saturdays at 5:00 pm beginning July 19, 2014. Season 8 is being sent this fall and will be rotated into the schedule later this year.
History Detectives returns to Eight in July with a new title and a new format. History Detective Special Investigations will premiere on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm. There are four episodes in the new series and they will air Tuesdays at 8:00 pm through July.