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Fall Schedule Has PBS Becoming Even More British — Punctuated by High-Profile Docs on U.S. History

May 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

PBS’s fall schedule reflects an increased British influence — hardly a surprise given the success of “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.”

The schedule includes the return of "Upstairs Downstairs" for a second season and the arrival of a new U.K. show, "Call the Midwife," reports the Associated Press.

"Call the Midwife," a six-part series set in 1950s London, will debut Sept. 30. "Midwife" will be followed by the second season of "Upstairs Downstairs" starting Oct. 7.

The schedule will also feature U.S.-focused shows, including "The Dust Bowl," a new documentary from Ken Burns that will air Nov. 18-19. The show details the environmental disaster that affected the Great Plains during the 1930s.

Ric Burns — Ken’s documentary filmmaker little brother — has an "American Experience" documentary airing Sept. 18, called "Death and the Civil War." Also airing will be "Broadway or Bust," a documentary about high school musical performers, the story says.

PBS hasn’t yet announced an air date for the third season of "Downton Abbey," the most-watched "Masterpiece" miniseries ever, but it’s expected to return in January 2013.

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