May brings the national premieres of 27 new shows and seasons from the UK, Ireland, and Canada to the US, along with the local premieres of four British programs.
For updates about shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the British TV Viewing Guide.
Programs and dates are subject to change without prior notice.
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35 Days: Season 4 (aka 35 Hours / 35 Awr) (UK/Wales)
In this new mystery series, a jury retires to consider the evidence in a murder case. Little do they know that, within 35 hours, one of them will be dead at the hands of one of the other jurors. 35 Days: Season 4 / 35 Hours premieres in North America on Friday, May 1, exclusively on BritBox. (Shown in English and Welsh with English subtitles)
Medici: The Magnificent: Season 3 (Final) (UK-Italy-France)
The final season of this historical drama finds Lorenzo de’ Medici (Daniel Sharman, Fear the Walking Dead) driven by vengeance in the wake of the conspiracy that closed Season 2. Medici: The Magnificent: Season 3, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, May 1, exclusively on Netflix.
Rafe Spall (Harry Price: Ghost Hunter) and Esther Smith (Cuckoo) star in this comedy series as Jason and Nikki, a 30-something couple who want a baby but can’t have one. After ruling out other options, they decide to adopt and are confronted by new challenges. Trying premieres in the US on Friday, May 1, exclusively on Apple TV+. (You can add it to your “up next” list now.)
Gold Digger (UK)
This romantic thriller stars Julia Ormond (Sabrina) and Ben Barnes (The Punisher) as Julia and Ben, a 60-year-old divorcée and a 35-year-old single man who fall in love. As their relationship sparks tensions — her three grown children and ex-husband believe Ben is after her money — secrets of their past are revealed. Gold Digger premieres in the US with its first two episodes on Monday, May 4, exclusively on Acorn TV. (You can add it to your watchlist now.) New episodes will debut on subsequent Mondays.
The Queen at War (UK)
Narrated by Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), this documentary looks at how Princess Elizabeth was set on her life’s path to become a legendary monarch. Told through the reminiscences of friends, royal biographers, and others, and featuring rare footage from private and public collections, The Queen at War premieres in the US on Tuesday, May 5, at 8 PM ET, on PBS (check your local listings). It will also stream on PBS.org, PBS Passport, the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel, and via the PBS Video App.
“Heroes of Healthcare” Collection
Celebrate frontline healthcare workers with a selection of medical-themed programming. At the center of this collection is the US premiere of Florence Nightingale, a biopic drama starring Laura Fraser (The Loch, The Missing) as the mother of modern nursing, in honor of her 200th birthday. Additional titles that make their North American premieres as part of the collection are documentary Super Nurses and the “Formidable Florence Nightingale” episode of edutainment series Horrible Histories, plus the US streaming debut of Eve Myles drama Frankie. (Read this article for further details.) The “Heroes of Healthcare” collection launches on National Nurses Day, Wednesday, May 6, exclusively on BritBox.
Workin’ Moms: Season 4 (Canada)
In the new season of this comedy series, big changes are in the air as Kate (Catherine Reitman, Black-ish) and the other moms stand up for their children, their partners, their businesses — and themselves. Workin’ Moms: Season 4, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally outside of Canada on Wednesday, May 6, exclusively on Netflix.
The Eddy (France-UK)
Set in the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris, this musical drama series tells the story of the owner of a struggling jazz club, the members of its house band, and the dangers they face from the chaotic city that surrounds them. The multilingual (French, English, Arabic with English subtitles) The Eddy, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, May 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.)
Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2 (Canada)
The new season of this reality series finds interior designer Karin Bohn, chef-restaurateur Nick Liberato, and chef-cookbook author Dennis Prescott continuing on their international restaurant rescue mission. Restaurants on the Edge: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, May 8, exclusively on Netflix. (Video is from Season 1)
A Confession (UK)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock) stars in this true-crime drama as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, the lead detective in the missing person case of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan. Believing Sian might be alive and held against her will, Fulcher launches an urgent, full-scale search operation, which soon forces him to choose between following police protocol and catching a killer. A Confession, a BritBox Original series, premieres in North America on Tuesday, May 12, exclusively on BritBox.
The Great (UK-Australia)
This satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great sees Catherine (Elle Fanning, Maleficent) arriving in Russia for an arranged marriage to Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult, X-Men). Finding the place dangerous, depraved, and backward, she resolves to change it — by killing her husband, beating the church, baffling the military, and getting the court onside. The Great, a Hulu Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, May 15, exclusively on Hulu. (You can add it to your stuff now.)
White Lines (UK-Spain)
In this mystery-thriller created by Álex Pina (Money Heist), the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered 20 years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza. When his sister returns to the Spanish island to find out what happened, her investigation leads her through a world of dance clubs, lies and cover-ups, and forces her to confront the darker sides of her own character. White Lines, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Friday, May 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.)
The Big Flower Fight (US-UK)
In this new competition series hosted by Vic Reeves (Hebburn) and Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows), ten teams of florists, sculptors, and garden designers create extravagant floral installations that will be judged by florist to the stars, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, and a slew of guest judges, for a chance to display their own sculpture at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Big Flower Fight, a Netflix Original series, premieres globally on Monday, May 18, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.) (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
Dead Still (Ireland)
Set in the 1880s, this dark comedic mystery drama follows Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley, Luther) and Conall Molloy (Kerr Logan, C.B. Strike), memorial photographers in Dublin who take portraits of the dead. Meanwhile, Detective Frederick Regan (Aidan O’Hare, Dublin Murders) investigates a series of murders and sees possible connections between them and Brock. Dead Still, an Acorn TV Original series, premieres in the US and Canada with its first two episodes on Monday, May 18, exclusively on Acorn TV. (You can add it to your watchlist now.) New episodes will debut on subsequent Mondays.
Private Lives of the Monarchs: Season 2 (UK)
Presented by historian Tracy Borman, this documentary series delves beneath the public lives of monarchs to shine a light on their private lives and reveal the people behind the pomp and pageantry. Coming up in the new season: Napoleon Bonaparte. Private Lives of the Monarchs: Season 2 premieres in the US on Monday, May 18, at 9 PM ET, on Smithsonian Channel. (Video is from Season 1)
Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body (Canada)
This documentary follows a year in the life of the Hogan sisters, conjoined twins who share a skull and neural bridge — the part of the brain that regulates consciousness and sensory and motor signals. Twin Life: Sharing Mind and Body premieres in the US on Monday, May 18, on Sundance Now.
The Case of Sally Challen (UK)
This documentary centers on Sally Challen, a mum of two in Surrey who, after bludgeoning her abusive husband to death in 2010, was found guilty of murder. In 2019 her new defense lawyers argued that she was the victim of her husband’s “coercive control,” and that she should be in prison for manslaughter, not murder. Rescheduled from last month, The Case of Sally Challen premieres in the US on Tuesday, May 19, on Sundance Now.
Burden of Truth: Season 3 (Canada)
In the third season opener of this legal drama, attorneys Joanna Chang (Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and the Beast) and Billy Crawford (Peter Mooney, Rookie Blue) face a verdict in their new law firm’s first case. Later an old friend of Joanna suffers a devastating loss that forces Joanna to face long-buried demons from her past. Burden of Truth: Season 3 premieres in the US on Thursday, May 21, 8 PM ET, on The CW.
This psychological thriller stars Julie Graham (Queens of Mystery) as Rosalie, a wife and mother whose world collapses when she learns her son has died. Her life is forever changed again when she meets the young, charismatic, and mysterious Jed (Nico Mirallegro, My Mad Fat Diary). Penance premieres in the US on Thursday, May 21, exclusively on Sundance Now.
The Split: Season 2 (UK)
Following the events in the Season 1 finale, the new season of this drama finds divorce lawyer Hannah (Nicola Walker, Unforgotten) facing mounting pressures in her personal life while her new client’s very public, high-profile divorce could put the newly-merged Noble Hale Defoe on the map in a big way. The Split: Season 2 premieres in the US on Thursday, May 21, at midnight, on SundanceTV.
History 101 (UK)
Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements, and world-changing discoveries in this new edutainment series. History 101, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, May 22, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.) (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2 (Canada)
After the live-action comedy series Trailer Park Boys completed its twelve-season run, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, and Mike Smith reprised their roles as Nova Scotian miscreants Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles — in cartoon form. Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series: Season 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Friday, May 22, exclusively on Netflix. (Video is from Season 1)
The Trip to Greece (UK)
Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) once again play fictionalized versions of themselves in this comedy-drama TV and (edited) film series. Following their jaunts in the north of England, Italy, and Spain, the pair’s latest restaurant tour / foodie holiday has them traveling to Greece, following in the footsteps of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca. The Trip to Greece premieres in the US on Friday, May 22, on IFC Films.
Mount Pleasant: Series 5 (UK)
One of my fave Brit TV premieres of 2019, this dramedy follows the lives of Lisa Johnson (Sally Lindsay, Scott & Bailey), her husband Dan (Daniel Ryan, The Bay), and their friends and family in suburban Manchester. Joining the cast are Nicola Hughes (The Split), Patrick Robinson (Vera), Asan N’Jie (Emmerdale), and Ellen Thomas (In the Long Run). Mount Pleasant: Series 5 premieres in the US on Monday, May 25, exclusively on Acorn TV.
Based on actual events, this drama tells the story of how Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen, Howards End) “won” the jackpot on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2001, and then was accused and stood trial for cheating, along with his wife Diana (Sian Clifford, Fleabag) and accomplice Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson, Honour). Quiz premieres in the US on Sunday, May 31, at 10 PM ET, on AMC. New episodes will debut on subsequent Sundays. (Subscribers to AMC Premiere can binge all three episodes on May 31.)
LOCAL/REGIONAL BROADCAST PREMIERES
Select public TV stations will begin airing the following programs on or after May 1. Check you local listings or contact the station that serves your area for air dates and times. To request any of the shows, contact your public TV station or American Public Television.
Great American Railway Journeys: Season 4 (UK)
Michael Portillo is back for a fourth season of this travel series, in which the Briton explores America, armed with Appleton’s General Guide to the United States, published in 1879. This time he travels to Alaska and Canada. Great American Railway Journeys: Season 4 is confirmed for airing on: Idaho Public Television, KNME, KRMA, KSPS, KTCA, KUEN, Montana PBS, WLRN, WLVT, WNED, WPBA, WPTO, WSBE, WXXI ((Video is from Season 3)
Inside Jaguar: A Supercar Is Reborn (UK)
This documentary reveals key elements of the engineering challenge to follow the resurrection of one of the nine legendary XKSS super cars that were incinerated in a 1957 factory fire. It weaves together archival footage and illustrations to share the story of this feat. Inside Jaguar: A Supercar Is Reborn is confirmed for airing on: Idaho Public Television, KLRU, Montana PBS, WBGU, WOSU, WXXI
Midsomer Murders: Season 17 (UK)
DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and DS Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee) investigate murders involving electrocution, crushing, drowning, and poisoning in Season 17 of this popular whodunit series. Midsomer Murders: Season 17 is confirmed for airing on: Arkansas PBS, Connecticut Public TV, Idaho Public Television, Iowa PBS, KCTS, KERA, KLVX, KNME, KOCE, KPBS, KQEH, KRMA, KRSU, KSPS, KSYS, KTCA, KTWU, KUAT, KUED, KUHT, KVPT, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire PBS, NJTV (New Jersey), Oregon Public Broadcasting, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, WCVE, WEDU, WETA, WGBH, WHYY, WLIW, WLVT, WMVS, WPBA, WPTO, WSBE, WSKG, WTVS, WVIZ, WVPT, WXEL, WXXI, Wyoming PBS
Vintage Roads Great & Small: Series 2 (UK)
Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison, former costars in All Creatures Great and Small, return to present the new season of this series, a lighthearted and inspiring celebration of early motor car travel and an exploration of the history and heritage found along Britain’s vintage highways. Vintage Roads Great & Small: Series 2 is confirmed for airing on: Idaho Public Television, KSPS, KTCA, KTWU, KUAT, Maine Public Television, Montana PBS, WNED, WPSU
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS DEBUTING ON LINEAR TV
Line of Duty: Season 2 (UK)
In the second season of this award-winning crime thriller, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Blood), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Traces), and DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, Broadchurch) of AC-12, the Metropolitan Police’s (fictional) anti-corruption unit, investigate DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard), who organized a police convoy that was attacked and left all officers dead — except her. Line of Duty: Season 2 has its linear TV debut on Saturday, May 9, at 10 PM ET, on AMC.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
Land Girls: Series 3 (UK)
This drama follows the lives, loves, highs, and lows of members of the Women’s Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II. Joining series regulars Mark Benton (Shakespeare & Hathaway), Becci Gemmell (Call the Midwife), and Seline Hizli (Grantchester) in the final season are Joe Armstrong (Gentleman Jack), Raquel Cassidy (Downton Abbey), Gwilym Lee (Midsomer Murders), and Paul Ritter (Chernobyl). Land Girls: Series 3 begins streaming Monday, May 4. (Video is from Series 1)
Porterhouse Blue (UK)
Adapted from Tom Sharpe’s bestselling novel of the same name, this send-up of Cambridge life stars David Jason (A Touch of Frost) as Skullion, head porter of (fictional) Porterhouse College, whose 500+ years of tradition mostly involve decadent banquets, drunkenness, and undistinguished scholarship. Costarring Ian Richardson (House of Cards), Porterhouse Blue begins streaming Monday, May 4.
A Royal Tour of the 20th Century (UK)
Through rarely-seen archival footage, this documentary series follows the British Royal family and their participation in some of the 20th century’s most iconic moments, and shows how the Windsors made their mark on modern history. A Royal Tour of the 20th Century begins streaming Monday, May 11. (Photo courtesy of Acorn TV)
Treasure Houses of Britain (UK)
Presented by Selina Scott, this documentary series offers rare access to five of Britain’s finest stately homes — Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall, and Boughton House — and marks the first time they were filmed in 3D. Treasure Houses of Britain begins streaming Monday, May 25.
Poirot: Seasons 9-12 (UK)
Four more seasons of this award-winning series head to BritBox next month. Based on Agatha Christie‘s “Hercule Poirot Mystery” novels, they find the persnickety, mustachioed Belgian sleuth (David Suchet’s signature role) solving murders with penetrating perception and no small amount of self-regard. Poirot: Seasons 9-12 begin streaming Friday, May 15, exclusively on BritBox.
Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (UK)
This adaptation of Christie’s first published novel introduces Poirot and establishes one of the most successful partnerships in literary history: the enduring friendship and working collaboration between Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), his best friend Captain Arthur Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and Detective Chief Inspector James Japp (Philip Jackson). Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles begins streaming Saturday, May 16, exclusively on BritBox.
At Last the 1948 Show (UK)
Fellow Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman, along with comedy actors Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman and Aimi MacDonald, star in this classic satirical comedy series. Several sketches first performed in this program would later be performed by Monty Python in various formats. At Last the 1948 Show begins streaming Tuesday, May 19.
Line of Duty: Seasons 1-4 (UK)
This excellent crime thriller follows anti-corruption unit AC-12 and the investigations into possibly corrupt police officers by AC-12 Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Blood), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Traces), and DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, Broadchurch). Key guest stars in Seasons 1-4 include Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), Daniel Mays (Temple), and Thandie Newton (Westworld). Line of Duty: Seasons 1-4 begins streaming in North America on Friday, May 22.
BBC Shakespeare Collection (UK)
This collection of BBC adaptations of the Bard’s works feature Helen Mirren (pictured, in Cymbeline), Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, John Gielgud, and Jonathan Pryce. Productions include: All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II & III, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King Lear, The Life and Death of King John, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and A Winter’s Tale. They begin streaming in North America on Tuesday, May 26, exclusively on BritBox.
Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Disney+.
Birth of Europe (UK)
Narrated by Mark Halliley (Secrets of the Dead), this documentary series reveals the story of how Europe was created by three of nature’s most titanic forces — water, fire, and collision. Birth of Europe begins streaming Friday, May 1.
CAR SOS: Seasons 1-7 (UK)
This automotive series features presenters Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend working with a specialist team to restore classic cars from across the UK and Europe. The cars’ owners have no idea about the work done on their vehicles until they get them back, fully restored. CAR SOS: Seasons 1-7 begins streaming Friday, May 1.
Lost Treasures of Egypt: Season 1 (UK)
Narrated by Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), this documentary series follows international teams of Egyptologists as they unearth the world’s richest seam of ancient archaeology — Egypt’s Valley of the Kings — and battle searing heat and inhospitable terrain to make discoveries of a lifetime. Lost Treasures of Egypt: Season 1 begins streaming Friday, May 1.
Survive the Tribe: Season 1 (UK)
In this factual series, explorer Hazen Audel journeys to the world’s most inhospitable places to learn the survival skills that have kept tribal people alive for thousands of years. He has a week to study them before he takes on tribal challenges that will force him to the very limit. Survive the Tribe begins streaming Friday, May 1.
Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Hulu.
Vikings: Season 6A (Ireland-Canada)
The first half of the sixth and final season of this historical drama series follows the Vikings as they travel thousands of miles from Kattegat, meet vicious rivals, and face the consequences of Ragnar’s death. Vikings: Season 6A begins streaming Tuesday, May 5.
Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Prime Video.
The Durrells in Corfu: Season 4 (Final) (UK)
Based on Gerald Durrell‘s autobiographical “Corfu Trilogy” books, the final season of this hit series finds Louisa (Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard) converting the villa into a boarding house while her children take on new and renewed projects. The Durrells in Corfu: Season 4 begins streaming as a Prime Video title on Sunday, May 3.
Poldark: Season 5 (Final) (UK)
Based on Winston Graham‘s “Poldark” historical novels, the final season of this drama opens with Ross (Aidan Turner, The Hobbit) going to London to help an old Army friend, leaving Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson, The White Queen) to manage their Cornwall estate on her own. Poldark: Season 5 begins streaming as a Prime Video title on Sunday, May 17.
Being Human: Season 3 (Canada-US)
In the third season of this North American remake of the hit Brit supernatural series of the same name, Josh (Sam Huntington, Good Girls) is no longer cursed to be a werewolf, Sally (Meaghan Rath, Hawaii Five-0) is brought back from the dead by a witch (Amy Aquino, Bosch), and Aidan (Sam Witwer, Supergirl) is threatened by a deadly virus that kills vampires. Being Human: Season 3 begins streaming Thursday, May 28.
For details about the May premieres of shows from Australia and New Zealand, visit The Down Under TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.
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