Expanding Drama Programs

Posted by Tom Axtell on

For more than 45 years, Masterpiece has captivated audiences with British dramas that range from adaptations of classic literature to modern mysteries – all with eclectic characters, stunning costumes, far-away landscapes and compelling storytelling. From its early days as Masterpiece Theater with legendary host Alistair Cooke, this long-running drama series has consistently garnered above-average ratings on Vegas PBS.

Noticeably, viewership of our Sunday night drama programming has seen steady growth over the past 10 years. Many new fans came to Masterpiece to watch the drama unfold both upstairs and downstairs at Downton Abbey. But we’re thrilled that large numbers of viewers have also found great new dramas like Sherlock, Endeavour, Grantchester and Victoria.

Happily, a growing number of these viewers have become members and pledged their support for drama programs. This support enabled us to purchase even more great dramas and mysteries from international producers, including our current Saturday night lineup of Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, The Coroner, and Our Zoo.

October kicks off our fall season, which brings a harvest of great new drama on Vegas PBS. Season 3 of Poldark begins October 1 as Ross and Demelza attempt to repair their relationship and Elizabeth harbors a dangerous secret. Then on October 15, Season 2 of The Durrells in Corfu continues to chronicle the family’s amusing adventures with the island’s townspeople. And on October 8, the newest addition to the Masterpiece franchise, The Collection, explores the gritty backdrop behind the glamour of the emerging fashion scene in post-war Paris.

These compelling dramas are available to watch (or binge watch) on your personal schedule from Vegas PBS Passport – the newest member benefit. Passport provides extended access to an on-demand library of quality local and national public television programming. A sustaining donation of as little as $5 per month provides members with access to tens of thousands of hours of their favorite programs, including full seasons of many current and past series.

For a little drama of your own, you are invited to enter the Masterpiece Mediterranean Cruise Sweepstakes through November 20, 1017 for a chance to win a trip for two adults on Viking Cruises’ Venice, the Adriatic & Greece itinerary, departing Venice, Italy with ports of call in Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece — including the isle of Corfu where The Durrells in Corfu films. Visit Vegas PBS for the programs and VegasPBS.org for the sweepstakes! Thank you for your support.



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