Around the World in 80 Days (NEW!)
Sundays, January 2-February 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

In this new eight-part series, David Tennant (Good Omens, Broadchurch, Doctor Who) stars as Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s tale about a daring bet in the 1870s to circle the globe in just 80 days. Ibrahim Koma (OSS 117, Wùlu) co-stars as Jean Passepartout, Fogg’s resourceful valet, with Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) as Abigail “Fix” Fortescue, the intrepid reporter who accompanies them.

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Updating Verne’s enduringly popular tale, Masterpiece introduces new themes, characters, and stories, drawing in part on the author’s own personal history of disappointment in love, and also echoing the record-breaking around-the-world trip in 1890 by journalist Nellie Bly in emulation of Verne’s plot.

Shot on location on two continents, the miniseries follows our heroes as they head east from London on October 5, 1872, intending to make it back to the reading room of the city’s Reform Club no later than one o’clock on Christmas Eve. En route, they take ships, trains, balloons, camels, stagecoaches, and other conveyances, while meeting increasingly dangerous obstacles.

The idea for the trip is sparked by a news article reporting a recently finished railway line in India that completes an unbroken chain of modern transportation links spanning the globe, making it possible to circle the planet in 80 days—at least, in theory. Phileas Fogg (Tennant), a diffident bachelor and regular at the Reform Club, muses longingly about the possibility and is goaded by his old antagonist, Nyle Bellamy (Peter Sullivan, Poldark), into undertaking the journey, with a hefty bet riding on the outcome.

Fogg recruits a new valet, Passepartout (Koma), who is a sharp-witted French wanderer, and they immediately set forth. Doggedly following their trail is the ambitious reporter of the story that launched the adventure, Abigail “Fix” Fortescue (Benesch), daughter of British newspaper magnate Bernard Fortescue (Jason Watkins, The Crown).

Fogg soon concludes that he can’t get rid of Abigail and enlists her as an official member of the expedition. Little do they know that Abigail has made a crucial error in her original article. However, that is the least of their worries as Fogg, Passepartout, and Abigail experience revolution, starvation, false arrest, surreptitious drugging, life-threatening attacks, and stranding on a desert island, among other perils. Clearly, fate—or somebody—does not want Fogg to win his bet!

All Creatures Great and Small, Season 2 (NEW!)
Sundays, January 9-February 20, 2022 at 9 p.m. on CPTV

Return to the Yorkshire Dales to follow the adventures of veterinarian James Herriot in the 1930s, as Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small comes to CPTV with seven new episodes.

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Ralph (The Most Reluctant Convert) returns as James Herriot, a young vet from Scotland who moves to Yorkshire to take a job in a local veterinary practice in the farming town of Darrowby. The cast also features Samuel West (Howards End) as James’s charismatic but eccentric boss, Siegfried Farnon; Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells in Corfu) as Siegfried’s womanizing and carefree younger brother, Tristan; Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose) as Mrs. Hall, the wise and compassionate housekeeper who becomes a surrogate mother to the three men in her charge; and Rachel Shenton (Academy Award® winner, The Silent Child) as the independent-minded and alluring farmer Helen Alderson who becomes the focus of James’ attention.

Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Happy Valley) also returns as Helen’s former fiancé, Hugh Hulton. Patricia Hodge (A Very English Scandal) joins the cast as Mrs. Pumphrey, owner of the overly indulged Pekingese Tricki-Woo. The role of the doting dog-owner was played by the late Dame Diana Rigg in Season 1. It was Dame Diana’s last on-screen role in a career spanning more than 60 years, before her death in September 2020.

As Season 2 opens, James returns from Glasgow where he has been visiting his parents for Easter. While there he is offered a job at a modern local veterinary practice and must decide between staying home in Glasgow with his elderly parents or returning to his new life in Yorkshire.

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