Cozy Winter Weekend Dramas

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Grab a blanket, heat up the hot chocolate, and pop the popcorn! Saturday nights and all-day Sundays are sure to keep you entertained this winter on PBS North!

On Saturday nights this month, catch new seasons of Shakespeare and Hathaway, Frankie Drake Mysteries AND Shetland.

On Sunday afternoons, enjoy the documentary series of a real-life chateau fixer-upper on Escape to the Chateau, the first season of the popular comedy Mum, Vera and season 5 of Father Brown. Starting January 10, look for the premiere of Cranford at 3pm, followed by Return to Cranford starting February 14. Finally, at 6pm starting January 17, look for Dickensian.

Then, every Sunday night look for great new titles from Masterpiece throughout February, such as Miss Scarlett and the Duke, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Long Song.

Learn more about each show, as well as additional broadcast times and channels, as well as on-demand streaming (if available) below!

Saturday Nights

Shakespeare and Hathaway

7pm on PBS North New Time

In the third season, follow the unlikely detective team of Frank Hathaway and Lu Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Wednesdays at 8pm on Explore

Thursdays at midnight on PBS North

Fridays at 10am on Explore

Also, catch up on Season 1 Sundays at 10pm on PBS North

Frankie Drake Mysteries

8pm on PBS North

In the third season, Frankie faces a family secret while the Drake Private Detectives team delves into the world of British aristocrats, illegal boxing, the supernatural, and political fundraisers. 


Sundays at 3pm on PBS North

Wednesdays at midnight on PBS North

Wednesdays at 7pm on Explore

Thursdays at 10am on Explore


9pm on PBS North

This first season is a murder mystery set against the stunning Scottish backdrop of the Shetland Isles.


Mondays at midnight on PBS North

Tuesdays at 10am on Explore

Wednesdays at 6pm on Explore


Escape to the Chateau

Sundays at noon on PBS North

Follow the documentary series of a real-life chateau fixer upper.


Thursdays at 9pm on PBS North

Saturdays at 9pm on Explore


Sundays at 1 and 1:30pm on PBS North

Season 1 follows recently widowed Cathy as she navigates the next stage in life in this dramedy.

Father Brown

Season 5

Sundays starting January 10 at 2pm

Inspired by the works of GK Chesterton, a priest solves mysteries across his English village.


Wednesdays at 10am on Explore

Fridays at midnight on PBS North

Cranford and Return to Cranford

Starting January 10

3pm on PBS North

Follow women in the 1840s as change is in the air when the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.


Saturdays at midnight


Season 3

4pm on PBS North

With her distinctive wit, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team solve murders across Northumberland.


Sundays at 11pm on PBS North

Mondays at 9am on Explore


Starting January 17

6pm and 10pm on PBS North

A period drama that imagines the world of Charles Dickens’ famous characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke

Starting January 17

Sundays at 7pm on PBS North or stream on the PBS Video App

Kate Phillips stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London. Stuart Martin plays her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke. 

All Creatures Great and Small

Starting January 10

Sundays at 8pm on PBS North or stream on the PBS Video App

James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved books. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life.


Sundays at 11pm on Explore

The Long Song

Starting January 31

Sundays at 9pm on PBS North or stream on the PBS Video App

This three-part miniseries based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel about the end of slavery in Jamaica follows July, an indomitable, young slave who works on a sugarcane plantation with her detestable mistress, Caroline Mortimer. Their lives change with the arrival of a new overseer, Robert Goodwin who sets out to improve life on the plantation.