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The start of spring brings the national premieres of 22 new series, seasons, and specials from the UK, Ireland, and Canada to viewers in the US.

British TV Premieres in March 2021

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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NATIONAL PREMIERES

The Mallorca Files: Season 2 (UK)

It’s time to visit once again the Spanish island of Mallorca, where fun in the sun mixes with murky criminal cases for the mismatched yet effective detective duo DC Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys, Ordinary Lies) and DC Max Winter (Julian Looman, Pagan Peak) to crack. With Phil Daniels (EastEnders), Kacey Ainsworth (Grantchester), and Graeme Hawley (Honour) amongst the guest stars, The Mallorca Files: Season 2, a BritBox Original, premieres in North America on Tuesday, March 2, exclusively on BritBox.

Wynonna Earp: Season 4, Part 2 (Canada)

What is now the final season of this supernatural-horror western drama brings the story of demon hunter Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano, Bad Blood) to a close with the show’s final six episodes (delayed due to the pandemic). Wynonna Earp: Season 4, Part 2 premieres in the US on Friday, March 5, at 10 PM ET, on Syfy.

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In this documentary, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin shows the various strategies that animals use to survive and even thrive during the winter, and introduces viewers to some of the most iconic winter animals to uncover the secrets behind their seasonal success stories. Snow Animals premieres in the US on Saturday, March 6, at 8 PM ET, on BBC America. (Photo © 2020 BBC Worldwide Limited and BBC America)

Absolutely Ascot: Seasons 1-2 (UK)

Set in and around Ascot, this reality show follows the extravagant lifestyles and tumultuous love lives of Ascot’s most glamorous residents — larger-than-life characters with a connection to the racecourse and horse racing industry. Absolutely Ascot: Seasons 1-2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, March 9, on Hulu.

Dress to Impress: Seasons 1-2 (UK)

Here’s a dating show with a twist: In order to win a blind date with a style-conscious singleton, three fashion-savvy competitors take part in a shopping showdown in which they must dress them (the date) to impress them. Dress to Impress: Seasons 1-2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, March 9, on Hulu.

The One (UK)

Based on John Marrs‘s novel of the same name, this sci-fi drama is set 5 minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find the one person you are genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive. (For cast details, read this article.) The One, a Netflix Original, premieres globally on Friday, March 12, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Bloodlands (UK/NI)

Set in Northern Ireland, this crime thriller stars James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) as DCI Tom Brannick, a veteran detective who connects a present-day suicide note to an infamous cold case from 20 years ago, and then embarks on an obsessive campaign to identify the legendary assassin behind these events. Bloodlands, an Acorn TV Original, premieres in the US and Canada with its first episode (of four) on Monday, March 15, exclusively on Acorn TV. New episodes will debut weekly through April 5.

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Bulletproof: South Africa (UK)

Noel Clarke (Doctor Who) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy) return as Aaron Bishop and Ronnie Pike in this buddy cop drama’s three-part special, which takes them from London to Cape Town, where their holiday turns into a race against the clock to find a kidnapped young girl. Bulletproof: South Africa premieres in the US on Monday, March 15, at 8 PM ET, on The CW.

Doctor Who: Fury from The Deep (UK)

This animated version of the 1968 classic sees The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) taken prisoner at a gas refinery, which has unexplained problems with the feed pipes. The cause: a parasitic form of seaweed, capable of controlling of the minds of those it touches. Doctor Who: Fury from The Deep premieres in the US on Monday, March 15, on AMC+. The linear TV debut happens Sunday, March 21, starting at 6 PM ET, on BBC America, where all six half-hour episodes will be shown back to back.

The Lost Pirate Kingdom (US-UK)

This docudrama series, which features interviews with historians and other experts as well as dramatizations, tells the story of the real-life pirates of the Caribbean, who violently plundered the world’s riches and formed a surprisingly egalitarian republic. The Lost Pirate Kingdom, a Netflix Original, premieres globally on Monday, March 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Zero Chill (UK)

This family-friendly, teen-oriented drama series centers on talented figure skater Kayla (Grace Beedie, Five Star Christmas), who is forced to leave everything behind when her parents decide to move the family to England after her twin brother, Mac (Dakota Taylor, Homekilling Queen), gets a scholarship to a prestigious hockey academy. Zero Chill, a Netflix Family series, premieres globally on Monday, March 15, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Staged: Season 2 (UK)

David Tennant (Broadchurch) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) are back as themselves — two bickering actors making a drama out of a crisis — in this comedy-drama’s new season. Can their fragile egos survive working from home and virtual Hollywood? Guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Schwartz, Jim Parsons, Simon Pegg, Cate Blanchett, Nick Frost, Josh Gad, Christoph Waltz, Ken Jeong, Ewan McGregor, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Staged: Season 2 premieres in the US on Tuesday, March 16, on Hulu.

Back: Season 2 (UK)

David Mitchell (Upstart Crow) and Robert Webb (Frayed) return as foster brothers Stephen and Andrew in this comedy’s new season. Stephen is back at his pub, The John Barleycorn, which Andrew has been keeping going, but the opening of a spectacular rival pub threatens its, and their, future. Back: Season 2 premieres in the US on Thursday, March 18, exclusively on Sundance Now and AMC+. The linear TV debut happens Wednesday, March 31, at midnight ET, on IFC.

Slaxx (Canada)

In this comedy-horror film, a possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on the staff who are locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Slaxx, a Shudder Original Film, premieres in the US on Thursday, March 18, on Shudder.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 3 (UK)

The new season of this sports documentary series follows Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, and other top drivers from ten Formula 1 teams as they continue to battle it out for the checkered flag during the shortened 2020 season, one of the most challenging years for the sport. Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 3, a Netflix Original, premieres globally on Friday, March 19, exclusively on Netflix.

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Breeders: Season 2 (UK)

Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) and Daisy Haggard (Back to Life) are back as married couple Paul and Ally in the new season of this comedy, which explores the parental paradox that you would happily die for your children, but quite often also want to kill them. Breeders: Season 2 premieres in the US on Monday, March 22, on FX, with streaming available on FX on Hulu starting March 23.

Secrets of a PsychopathSecrets of a Psychopath (Ireland)

This true-crime docuseries recounts the facts behind the most complex murder to be tried in court in Irish criminal history. Narrated through the first-hand accounts of experts, observers, and journalists, the three-parter explores the many coincidences, twists, and turns of the investigation, uncovering an obsessive and unconventional relationship that ultimately ended in tragedy. Secrets of a Psychopath premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, March 23, exclusively on Sundance Now and AMC+. (Photo courtesy of Sundance Now)

Violation (Canada)

An official selection at the Toronto International, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals, this horror film follows Miriam (co-writer and co-director Madeleine Sims-Fewer, The Substitute), a woman on the edge of divorce who seeks comfort from her sister and brother-in-law. When they betray her trust, Miriam sets out for revenge. Violation, a Shudder Original Film, premieres in the US on Thursday, March 25, exclusively on Shudder.

Escape to the Country: Season 28 (UK)

A new season of this popular lifestyle program finds experts and realtors helping people to achieve the dream of living in the British countryside by finding suitable properties and guiding prospective buyers through every aspect of buying, selling, and moving. Escape to the Country: Season 28 premieres in North America on Friday, March 26, on BritBox. (Video is from an earlier season)

Grand Designs: Season 18 (UK)

Architecture enthusiast Kevin McCloud introduces viewers to more of Britain’s most spectacular and ambitious self-build projects and the daring people behind them in the new season of this reality-lifestyle-design showcase series. Grand Designs: Season 18 premieres in the US on Friday, March 26, exclusively on BritBox. (Seasons 16-17 begin streaming on BritBox the same day.) (Video is from an earlier season)

The Irregulars (UK)

Set in Victorian London, this supernatural crime drama series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into investigating crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson (Royce Pierreson, The Witcher) and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Killing Eve). As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it will be up to the Irregulars to save not only London but the entire world. The Irregulars, a Netflix Original, premieres globally on Friday, March 26, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

Gardeners’ World (UK)

Hosted by gardening guru Monty Don, this flagship BBC gardening program is packed with good ideas, tips and advice from experts, timely reminders to get the most of your garden (whatever its size or type), and surprise guests like Mary Berry. Gardeners’ World premieres in North America (date tba) as a “Now” title exclusively on BritBox.

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ADDITIONAL PREMIERE PROGRAMS TO CONSIDER

Pennyworth: Season 2B (US)

Another series whose production was interrupted by the pandemic is this action-crime drama starring Jack Bannon (Endeavour) as Alfred Pennyworth, who’s now running a black-market Soho club while looking for a way out of England, which is in the grips of a civil war. Pennyworth: Season 2B, an Epix Original, premieres Sunday, March 7, on Epix. (Video is for Season 2A)

LOCAL/REGIONAL PREMIERES

Select public TV stations and regional networks will begin airing the programs below on or after March 1. Check you local listings or contact the station that serves your area for air dates and times. To request the shows, contact your public TV station or American Public Television.

Escape to the Chateau: Seasons 6 & 7 (UK) (Rescheduled from January)

In the most recent seasons of this popular documentary series, the Strawbridges still have much refurb work to do at Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson. While Angel looks to the outbuildings and Dick turns his attention to their website, there are many grand parties and events on the horizon. Escape to the Chateau: Seasons 6 & 7 are confirmed for airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting, Idaho Public Television, Iowa PBS, KCPT, KCTS, KQEH, KTCA, KWSU, Maryland Public Television, PBS Wisconsin, WDSE, WGBH, WLRN, WNED, WNPT, WOSU, WPSU, and WPTD.

Escape to the Chateau DIY: Season 1, Part 1 (UK) (Rescheduled from January)

This Escape To The Chateau spin-off series follows the stories of various British families that are renovating châteaux in France or looking at ones to purchase. It is narrated by Dick Strawbridge, who along with his wife Angel Adoree, provides help and advice. Escape to the Chateau DIY: Season 1, Part 1 is confirmed for airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting, Idaho Public Television, KTCA, KWSU, PBS Wisconsin, WGBH, WPTD, and WXXI.

Hitler’s Jurassic Monsters (UK)

This hour-long documentary tells the almost too-unbelievable-to-be-true story of how the Nazis attempted to recreate the primeval forests of Germanic folklore and stock them with ancient breeds of extinct beasts for ultimate hunting sessions. Hitler’s Jurassic Monsters is confirmed for airing on Idaho Public Television, KCPT, KEET, KERA, KPBS, KUAT, NET Nebraska. PBS North Carolina, PBS Wisconsin, WLRN, WLVT, WMVS, WNED, WNEO, and Wyoming PBS.

Midsomer Murders: Season 18 (UK)

Public TV viewers, rejoice! Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee will be back on telly as DCI John Barnaby and DS Charlie Nelson in Season 18’s six two-part stories, in which the detective duo investigate murders in the worlds of body snatching, competitive cycling, UFO-spotting, and more. Midsomer Murders: Season 18 is confirmed for airing on Arkansas PBS, Connecticut Public Television, Idaho Public Television, Iowa PBS, KCPT, KCTS, KERA, KLVX, KNME, KOCE, KPBS, KQEH, KRMA, KRSU, KSPS, KSYS, KTCA, KTWU, KUED, KUHT, KVPT, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Maryland Public Television, New Hampshire PBS, NJ PBS, OETA (Oklahoma), Oregon Public Broadcasting  PBS North Carolina, PBS Wisconsin, WCMU, WDSC, WEDU, WETA, WGBH, WGVU, WLIW, WLVT, WMVS, WPBA, WPBS, WPSU, WPTO, WSBE, WSKG, WSRE, WTVS, WVIZ, WXEL, and WXXI.

The Palace and the Press (UK)

This four-part docuseries takes a fresh look at the biggest tabloid stories about the British Royal Family of the last 60 years, told through their sensational royal scoops, iconic pictures, and most memorable front pages. The Palace and the Press is confirmed for airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting, Kentucky Educational Television, KENW, KQED, KRMA, KTCA, KUAT, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, WBGU, WLVT, WMVS, WOSU, and WVIZ.

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NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon.

Cat Hospital (Ireland)

This observational series reveals the cute, cuddly, and dramatic daily life at Cork Cat Hospital, Ireland’s first veterinary hospital catering exclusively to cats. It takes viewers behind the scenes and follows cat expert Clare Meade and her team of dedicated professionals as they care for their feline clientele. Cat Hospital begins streaming Monday, March 1.

Law & Order UK: Series 3-5 (UK)

Adapted from the Emmy® Award-winning Law & Order, this UK series employs the same iconic two-part structure of a criminal investigation in the first half of each episode, followed by the prosecution of the suspects in the second. The ensemble cast includes Bradley Walsh (Doctor Who), Jamie Bamber (Strike Back), Harriet Walter (Belgravia), Ben Daniels (The Crown), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam), Bill Paterson (Fleabag), and Peter Davison (Gentleman Jack). Law & Order UK: Series 3 begins streaming Monday, March 1, followed by Series 4 and Series 5 on March 15.

Monday Monday (UK)

This comedy-drama series follows the head office staff of struggling supermarket chain Butterworths, who are forced to relocate from London to Leeds to keep their jobs after the company downsizes. Starring Morven Christie (The Bay), Fay Ripley (Cold Feet), Tom Ellis (Lucifer), and Holly Aird (Waking the Dead), Monday, Monday begins streaming Monday, March 1.

In Deep: Series 1-2 (UK)

Nick Berry (EastEnders) and Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks) star in this mystery-crime drama series as Liam Ketman and Garth O’ Hanlon — undercover detectives who lead complicated double lives and make daily sacrifices for their job that impact immensely on their personal lives. In Deep: Series 1 begins streaming Monday, March 15, followed by Series 2 on March 29.

Saving Britain’s Worst Zoo (UK)

This docuseries tells the real-life story behind the international headlines: When the animal-loving Tweedy family bought Borth Wild Animal Kingdom, a zoo with more than 300 animals in West Wales, their dream had come true. But when a lynx escaped, their dream life quickly descended into a neverending nightmare of court actions, death threats and spiralling debts. Saving Britain’s Worst Zoo begins streaming Monday, March 22.

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on BritBox and its digital channels, including BritBox on Amazon.

Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide (UK)

Based on Agatha Christie’s murder mystery story of the same name, this film stars Pauline Collins (Dickensian) and Oliver Ford Davies (Star Wars) as husband-and-wife secret agents who investigate the murder of a powerful soccer club manager’s trophy wife. The dead woman was having an affair with a high-profile government minister, so with the list of suspects growing, it’s a race against time to find the killer before they strike again. Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide begins streaming Friday, March 5.

63 Up (UK)

From the late, great Michael Apted comes this documentary film, unfortunately the final installment in his groundbreaking “Up” series, in which the award-winning director followed the lives of 14 individuals from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the UK, starting in 1964 when they were 7 years old, and reconnecting with them every seven years. Here they are 63 years old, and we find out how their lives have been since they were 56. 63 Up begins streaming Tuesday, March 9, exclusively on BritBox.

Open All Hours: Seasons 1-4 (UK)

This classic Britcom centers on stuttering, penny-pinching corner shop owner Arkwright (Ronnie Barker, Porridge), who parts unsuspecting customers from their hard-earned cash, keeps daydreaming nephew Granville (David Jason, A Touch of Frost) in line, and tirelessly pursues buxom nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron, Father Brown). Open All Hours: Seasons 1-4 begins streaming Friday, March 12, exclusively on BritBox.

New Tricks: Seasons 7-12 (UK)

In this fan-favorite mystery series, Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, The Good Karma Hospital) and her team of retired former detectives re-investigate unsolved crimes. New Tricks: Seasons 7-12 begins streaming Tuesday, March 23.

Edible Gardens (UK)

In this series, urbanite and Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler aims to show viewers that growing and cooking your own produce can be rewarding, cost-effective. and life enhancing. She transforms her garden to become self-sufficient in vegetables for a year, and demonstrates how to grow and create your very own tasty produce. Edible Gardens begins streaming Friday, March 26.

Grand Designs: Seasons 16-17 (UK)

See program description above. Grand Designs: Seasons 16-17 begins streaming Friday, March 26.

Life in a Cottage Garden (UK)

This lifestyle program features presenter Carol Klein (Gardeners’ World) guiding viewers through a year in the life of her own garden at Glebe Cottage in Devon. From the hidden secrets of winter and the first shoots of spring, to the fecundity of summer and the clean-up in autumn, the series documents how a garden flourishes, dies, and is reborn. Life in a Cottage Garden begins streaming Friday, March 26.

Beechgrove Garden (UK)

This popular gardening series celebrates Scottish horticulture as it deals with the challenges that gardeners face in a practical, down-to-earth, get-your-hands-dirty manner. Beechgrove Garden will stream on BritBox (date tba).

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Hulu.

Charles & Diana: 198‪3 (UK)

This hour-long documentary takes a closer look back at Prince Charles and Princess Diana — the most famous couple in the world — as they embarked on an historic royal tour in Australia in 1983, and reveals a much more foreboding and grueling reality. Charles & Diana: 198‪3 begins streaming Monday, March 1.

Vikings: Season 6B (Ireland-Canada)

In the final half of the final season of this Emmy® Award-winning historical action-adventure drama, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games) might be the new leader of Kattegat, but he struggles to fill his late father’s shoes, while Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen, A War) meets his match in the ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, Prince Oleg of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky, McMafia). Vikings: Season 6B begins streaming Tuesday, March 30.

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

Churchill’s Secret (UK)

Set in England during summer 1953, this historical drama follows the story of Winston Churchill’s (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter) battle to recover from a life-threatening stroke — from his inner circle conspiring to hide this news from the public, to the prime minister’s remarkable recovery and the strain his public service wrought upon his private life. Costarring Romola Garai (The Miniaturist) and Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery of Witches), Churchill’s Secret begins streaming Thursday, March 11.

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Titles in this section begin streaming on the dates shown below on Prime Video.

Breathless

Secrets and lies, ambition and deception, and sex and sexism run rampant through this drama set in 1961, which follows the professional and personal lives of certain staff members of a hospital, who perform illegal abortions. It stars Jack Davenport (Coupling), Natasha Little (Case Histories), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion), and Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey). Breathless began streaming as a no-additional charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video on February 26, and will stay up as such through the end of March.

Civilizations

Inspired by Civilisation, Kenneth Clark’s landmark 1969 series about Western art, this docuseries tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day on a global scale. It broadens the canvas to reveal the role that art and the creative imagination have played across multiple cultures and civilizations. Civilizations began streaming as no-additional charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video on February 26, and will stay up as such through the end of March.

London Kills: Season 1

Set in London, this police procedural centers on an elite murder investigation squad. While each episode features a standalone crime story, the series’ arc concerns the unsolved disappearance of the lead detective’s wife. Starring Hugo Speer (Marcella), Sharon Small (The Bay), Bailey Patrick (The Nest), and Tori Allen-Martin (Unforgotten), London Kills: Season 1 began streaming as a no-additional charge title for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video on February 27, and will stay up as such through the end of March.

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For details about the March 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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