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Introducing… Midday Me Time!

Weekday afternoons aren’t just for kids anymore!

In September, the flagship channel of Wisconsin Public Television introduced something new. Now viewers who tune in between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday-Friday can settle in for a relaxing treat with the new Midday Me Time block.

Mary Berry takes a taste on the Great British Baking ShowSo indulge yourself! Whether you’re taking a break from hard work or just enjoying some time to yourself, Midday Me Time is the perfect way to catch up on classic PBS favorites – or discover new ones featuring the thoughtful, intriguing stories you love.

Read on for a preview of what’s coming up!

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Get Ready for ‘The Durrells’ With Bonus Reading

If you think Poldark is a bit… well, dark, have we got a series for you. Beginning Sunday, Oct. 16, Masterpiece airs six episodes of The Durrells in Corfu, based on a warm, funny trilogy of memoirs that has captivated generations of readers.

Before the series begins, you’ve got plenty of time to immerse yourself in the Durrells’ world through the written word. Here are some recommendations to help you meet this unusual family.
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The Downton Dish: Episode 8

Mary finally crossed the line with her sister and may have ended Edith’s relationship with Bertie. Thomas brought us all to tears, and Mary finds support and surprising words of wisdom from the Dowager. Join us for another re-cap and tell us how you feel about Episode 8 of the final season of Downton Abbey.

If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey, join us for a special Downton Abbey Farewell – a party that will transform the University Club in downtown Madison into a lavish ’20s estate. There will be live jazz music, English delicacies, and all proceeds go to support WPT. Click here for more information.

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

The Downton Dish: Episode 7

This week’s episode was packed with drama: will Mary lose yet another lover to a car crash? Will Mr. Molesley and Mrs. Patmore manage to shift careers in a changing world? Bertie and Lady Edith seem like the perfect couple; let’s hope it continues! Let us know what you think, and join us for another episode of The Downton Dish.

If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey, join us for a special Downton Abbey Farewell – a party that will transform the University Club in downtown Madison into a lavish ’20s estate. There will be live jazz music, English delicacies, and all proceeds go to support WPT. Click here for more information.

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

Celebrate International Tea Day With Violet Crawley

Violet Crawley, avid tea drinker and Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Today is International Tea Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham’s most witty quips and comebacks? Check out some of my favorites below, and post your own to add to the mix!

Downton Abbey: The Final Season premieres 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3 on Wisconsin Public Television. Continue reading Celebrate International Tea Day With Violet Crawley

Downton Abbey Cast Secret Revealed – They’re Really From Wisconsin

Backstage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, three Downton Abbey cast members revealed a hilarious secret – they’re not British at all. They actually hail from Wisconsin. In the words of Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Allen Leech below, “Go Cheese!”

The bit was a follow up to another funny moment on the couch with Colbert when the three actors lived out a Downton Abbey scene in full American accents. As the title notes, it sounds utterly bizarre. You can find that video below, too.

Rest assured, the show’s final season which premieres Jan. 3 on WPT has plenty of twists and turns, but probably won’t find the Granthams visiting long-lost family in Green Bay. Although we wouldn’t complain if they did. Go cheese!

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Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Several costumes, including Mary’s red coat are on display in Oshkosh.

Earlier this summer, Sewing With Nancy hit the road to get an insider’s look at the new Downton Abbey costume exhibit that’s touring America.

The exhibit, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, is currently on display in Oshkosh at the Paine Art Center and Gardens, but you can get a detailed look at the exquisite costumes right here from exhibit curator Laura Fiser and host Nancy Zieman. Continue reading Sewing With Nancy Explores the Fashions of Downton Abbey

Poldark Rides Again – Watch On-Demand

The past two Sundays have seen the first all-new episodes of Poldark on Masterpiece. If summer activities kept you away from the TV and you missed the re-boot of the insanely popular Poldark, we understand. Luckily, you can watch both episodes on your own time online now.

Poldark is available on-demand at video.wpt.org or on your Roku, Apple TV, Xbox or Amazon Fire TV. Watch the fast-paced saga now, and catch the next episode in this seven-part series next Sunday at 8 p.m. or on-demand the following day.

Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 1


Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 2

WPT also has lots of other all-new historical drama to go around. If you like Poldark, here are two other shows that are worth your time.

The Crimson Field 
In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. Watch Episode 1 Now.

Tales From the Royal Wardrobe
The world has a well-documented obsession with contemporary royal fashion. Peel back the layers of monarch’s outfits past and present to reveal the power of fashion. Watch Now.

Downton Abbey Ending After Season 6

Dowager CountessIt’s official … Masterpiece’s masterpiece, Downton Abbey, will call it quits after Season 6. PBS announced the news yesterday.

Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey, said: “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably, there comes a time when all shows should end, and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”

When I heard that Maggie Smith vowed to quit after Season 6 earlier this month, I must admit I wondered how the show could continue without her sassy spirit and quick wit. I guess we won’t have to face a season without the Dowager after all, but the news of Downton’s end is surely sad.

Luckily, it’s not time to say goodbye quite yet. We can look forward to Season 6, and perhaps entertain speculation about future Downton spinoffs. Downton has enjoyed unrivaled success during its run, receiving 51 Emmy nominations, “more than any other British show in Emmy history,” according to PBS. Season 5 was seen by 25.5 million people.

Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey, said, “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”

Coming to Sunday Nights

Downton Abbey is over, but there’s plenty of great drama still to come in 2016. Check out previews for two highly anticipated premieres from PBS Masterpiece, plus the Season 4 premiere of Call the Midwife. If you need to catch up on past seasons, find links to free streaming video below.

Masterpiece Classic “Wolf Hall”
Six-Episode Series Begins 9 p.m. Sunday, April 5
Internationally acclaimed actor Mark Rylance and Emmy-winner Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) star as Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII in this adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, which chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court — from blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

Masterpiece Classic “Mr. Selfridge, Season 3”
Begins 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29
Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) and Amanda Abbington (“Sherlock”) return to tell the story of American entrepreneur Harry Selfridge. In the new season, World War I is over and the world wants to shop! Selfridge flirts with opportunity while courting disaster.

Need to catch up? Watch Season 2 episodes now through the end of the month. Or set your DVR for Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 22 and capture all of Season 2.

Call the Midwife, Season 4
Begins 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29
Nurse Jenny Lee has gone her own way, so naturally, Call the Midwife delivers a new nurse on its new season. Watch as Call the Midwife also enters a new decade — the 1960s. Catch up with last season now — watch Season 3 for free throughout March at video.wpt.org.