Exciting June British TV Premieres on PBS Masterpiece

Today, actor Nathaniel Parker turns 62. Best known amongst British TV fans for his portrayal of Inspector Thomas Lynley in the 2001 TV adaptation of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley book series, you might be wondering what he's up to these days. He popped up most recently in S24E4 of Midsomer Murders: "A Climate of Death" as Brian Havergal.

He hasn't been quite as active in recent years, but he also had a major role in the 2021 production The Vineyard. The Amazon Prime Original is a Spanish series that follows the 1860s-based love story between Mauro Larrea (Rafael Novoa) and Soledad Montalvo (Leonor Watling). The action moves between a number of locations, including London. Parker appears in all 10 episodes as Edward Claydon.

Other British TV actors celebrating birthdays on the 18th include Holly Aird (54) and Miriam Margolyes (83).

PBS Announces Big June Premieres - Some months, PBS gives us very little in the way of new British TV...and other months, they bring in a number of big premieres. June is going to be a good month.

New & Upcoming

  • On BritBox, May 19th brings their coverage of the 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Season 4 of McDonald & Dodds will premiere on the 23rd.
  • On Acorn TV, the 20th brings new episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, Harry Wild, and Brokenwood Mysteries, along with season 3 of the Swedish crime drama Backstrom. They'll also be adding Osborne House that day, a documentary special about Queen Victoria's favourite hideaway on the Isle of Wight.
  • On Netflix, May 16th brought the premiere of part 1 of season 3 of Bridgerton. The new season will focus on Penelope's attempts to find a suitable match. On May 22nd, they'll be adding Buying London, a reality show about selling some of London's most expensive properties.
  • On Hulu, The Killing Kind premiered May 14th. This thriller follows a barrister who defends a charismatic man accused of coercive control over an ex-girlfriend. Though they got close after the trial, her attempts to pull away resulted in him turning on her. Much later, he returns to her life claiming someone is out to get her - and he's the only one who can protect her.
  • On Apple TV+, May 22nd brings the premiere of season 4 of Trying. The acclaimed comedy moves ahead 6 years from the events of season 3, with Nikki and Jason now well-adjusted to life as adoptive parents.

View all the brand new shows coming to US streaming services in May HERE

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Recent Casting Notices...

As always, there's much to look forward to. Here are a few more projects in the works with various production companies.

  • Angels in the Asylum - This period drama film is inspired by real women who were incarcerated in a mental asylum for being typhoid carriers. Set in 1932-1955 London, it focuses on Mary, the only woman to be released (thanks to a lengthy campaign by her daughter). Stars will include Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, Cush Jumbo, Katerine Waterston, and Miriam Margolyes. Filming will take place in Kent in early 2025.
  • Lockerbie - This upcoming Netflix drama will follow the events of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, along with the investigation on both sides of the Atlantic and the impact it had on the small community. Actors involved include Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, Phyllis Logan, and Lauren Lyle.
  • The Night Manager, Season 2 - This 2016 series is returning, and Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman are said to be returning. Few plot details have been made available, but it's going into production this year.
  • The Queen of Fashion - This biopic looks at the rise and fall of Isabella Blow, a woman whose pedigree, style, and wild personality made her a fashion icon. Sadly, her life would end in suicide at the age of 48 in 2007. Andrea Riseborough will play Blow, and Emilia Clarke and Richard E. Grant will also appear.

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