American Public Television is bringing these nine British and Irish TV titles to public TV stations and regional networks across the country next month.
The programs below begin airing in the US on select public television stations starting in June. Check your local listings or contact the station that serves your area for air dates and times. If your station isn’t on the list for a show(s) you’d like to watch, contact its Viewer Services department or American Public Television to request the title(s).
Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock (UK)
This two-part documentary delves into the history of the iconic London landmark, as well as the four-year restoration project that has silenced its bells since 2017. It is presented by Anna Keay, director of the Landmark Trust, who goes behind the scenes of the project and speaks with the architects and clock-makers who have been given the monumental task of restoration work on Big Ben.
Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
Coastal Railways with Julie Walters (UK)
In this four-part travel series, Dame Julie Walters (Harry Potter) travels the length of Britain on its famous coastal railways, including on several culturally influential trains such as the Hogwarts Express and the railway that inspired Thomas the Tank Engine. Along the way, she visits the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland, discovers the secrets of the Balmoral Hotel, learns smuggling history in the village of Polperro in Cornwall, and takes a zip wire ride in Snowdonia in Wales.
Coastal Railways with Julie Walters is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
Great Lighthouses of Ireland (Ireland)
Much more than picturesque postcard images, lighthouses remain a vital part of Ireland’s maritime infrastructure. This four-part travel series features breathtaking footage and fascinating stories and interviews about Ireland’s many lighthouses, and looks forward at their future use in the age of GPS.
Great Lighthouses of Ireland is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
Grenfell: The First 24 Hours (UK)
In June 2017, what started as a small fire spread into a massive calamity in a London apartment block — killing 72 people and becoming the deadliest event in the city since World War II. This hour-long program documents the rescue efforts made, as well as the heartwarming acts of compassion that resonated long after the flames were put out.
Grenfell: The First 24 Hours is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
Hidden Britain by Drone (UK)
In this five-part series, Sir Tony Robinson (Blackadder) takes to the skies to view Britain in ways no one else has seen it. During the program, he explores wine vaults, pirate hideaways, abandoned theme parks, rolling countrysides, and top-secret military locations using flying cameras of every shape and size, discovering countless hidden treasures along the way.
Hidden Britain by Drone is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
The Joy of AI (UK)
Artificial Intelligence is the focus of much fear and anxiety, but this factual program takes a refreshingly optimistic look at the machines designed to make our lives easier. Over the course of an hour, host and professor Jim Al-Khalili (Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity) shows how AI is changing our lives with real life examples and expert interviews.
The Joy of AI is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
A Midsomer Conversation with Neil Dudgeon (US)
In this APT special, actor Neil Dudgeon of the hit series Midsomer Murders reflects on his life as DCI John Barnaby, shares his favorite moments and anecdotes from the show since his introduction in Season 14, and reveals little-known facts about the series.
A Midsomer Conversation with Neil Dudgeon is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 1:
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Murder Maps: Seasons 3 & 4
This docudrama series chronicles the evolution of forensics in England through some its most shocking murder cases in the Victorian era and beyond. Host Nicholas Day (New Tricks) weaves together compelling storytelling with historical re-enactments to paint the full picture. Each season consists of four episodes, the topics of which are the Brighton Trunk Murders, Acid Bath Murderer, Tow Path Murders, and Ruth Ellis in Season 3, and the Beast of Birkenshaw, Mary Ann Cotton, Jigsaw Murders, and Shepherd’s Bush Murders in Season 4.
(The video below is for Seasons 1 & 2.)
Murder Maps: Seasons 3 & 4 is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 15:
Rise of the Superheroes (UK)
There is no bigger genre of film right now than the superhero movie, encompassing some of the highest-grossing movies in the world and starring some of the highest-paid actors, period. This feature-length documentary takes a detailed look at how superhero films — from Tim Burton’s Batman movies to The Avengers franchise — were born from the pages of comic books and conquered the world with larger-than-life characters.
Rise of the Superheroes is set to air on the following public TV stations and regional networks on or after June 30:
For details about national British TV premieres in June, read “British TV Premieres in June 2019: Black Mirror, Endeavour, Luther, Years and Years & More.”
For details about the local premieres of shows from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place.
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