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 – Brit-Themed Programs Give Unprecedented Access to the Royal Family
and a Glimpse of English History in Run-Up to London Olympic Games –

NORFOLK:  WHRO announced today that it has planned a festival of All Things British to delight public television viewers this summer.  The mega-hit “Downton Abbey” started another “British invasion” in America last year, and now, with much of the world focused on Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in June and the London Olympic Games starting in July, WHRO and PBS are airing programs over the summer that explore the stories of England past and present, as well as new episodes of esteemed British mysteries and the return of two fan favorites.

QUEEN & COUNTRY, Thursdays, July 5-26, 9pm – This summer, all eyes are on Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s second longest-reigning monarch, as she marks her Diamond Jubilee. PBS celebrates her 60 years on the throne with Trevor McDonald’s QUEEN & COUNTRY, offering viewers a look at the customs surrounding the monarchy – from the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to the Queen’s royal visits — and tours of historic royal places.

MICHAEL WOOD’S STORY OF ENGLAND, Tuesdays, July 3rd, 10th and 17th at 8pm – Historian Michael Wood filters the 2,000-year history of England through the story of one small town located in the heart of the country: Kibworth, Leicestershire. From the Roman era to the Norman Conquest, the Black Death, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and World War II, the four-part series intertwines the local and national narratives, marking the milestones that changed the town and country forever.

New Episodes of Popular Shows:

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! presents new episodes of its best British mysteries. With the premiere of “Endeavour,” Sunday, July 1, 9pm, viewers get the backstory of famed detective Inspector Morse. Shaun Evans stars as the rookie constable who nearly resigns, until a murder turns up that only he could solve. Then Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return as Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway in “Inspector Lewis, Series V.” In four new episodes, airing Sundays, July 8-29, 9pm, the two tackle murder and mayhem in seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.

British Favorites Return:

QUEEN VICTORIA’S EMPIRE, Tuesdays, June 19-26, 2012, 8pm, takes a look at England’s transformation from a small island nation into an industrial superpower. With personal accounts and lush re-enactments, it is a story of influential men and a powerful queen who ruled over one-fifth of the world’s population for a remarkable 64 years.

MONARCHY: THE ROYAL FAMILY AT WORK, Mondays, June 11, 2012, 9pm and June 18-July 9, 10pm, provides an exclusive look inside the modern British monarchy. As she turned 80, Queen Elizabeth II allowed creation of this intimate series, which shows the commonwealth’s most famous family as they travel abroad, work at the palace and meet people from all walks of life.

The Brits aren’t going home after summer ends!

CALL THE MIDWIFE, Sundays, September 30 to November 4, 2012, 8pm – Based on the best-selling trilogy by the late Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE is a fascinating portrayal of birth, life and death in a world drastically different from ours. This six-part series offers an unconventional twist to Sunday-night British dramas and brings mid-20th-century London to life, focusing on the joys and hardships of a group of midwives working in London’s East End. 

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Upstairs Downstairs,” Season 2
Sundays, October 7 to November 11, 2012, 9pm
The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place, with new characters upstairs and down, in a six-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series from the 1970s. Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating, as two new arrivals make their mark and Lady Agnes reveals a dark secret. Alex Kingston (“ER,” “Doctor Who”) joins the cast. The six-part series follows MIDWIFE, starting October 7. Viewers can catch up on the first season with a three-hour marathon September 30.

About WHRO
WHRO is a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services.  Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO’s four public television and eight public radio stations.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.