PBS Masterpiece

A hard-edged Jane Tennison made TV history; now she's young and wide-eyed


The original "Prime Suspect" mini-series was just what PBS needed -- tough, gritty, contemporary. Now, 25 years later, an excellent prequel shows the main character on her first case. In the U.S., that will run as 90-minute movies on three Sundays, starting June 25; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

The story repeats: A young queen, a complicated crown


In history -- and in TV shows -- this makes strong drama: A young woman
suddenly, surprisingly finds that she's the queen. Her reigh seems
tenuous ... and lasts for generations. Now "Victoria" debuts Jan. 15 on
PBS; another epic story, "The Crown" -- which has just won the Golden Globe for best drama series -- is already on Netflix. Here's the
story I sent to papers.

By Mike Hughes

Branagh -- from epics to Swedish solace


 

 

Some of this TV season's finest moments are coming up in its final three weeks. That's when PBS airs the last season of "Wallander" movies; here's the story I sent to papers.

By Mike Hughes

Kenneth Branagh
keeps leaping between extremes.