PBS Masterpiece

"Little Women": The British -- with lots of our help -- try an American classic


elThere are many good things about PBS' "Little Women" remake, from plus production values to extraordinary work by Maya Hawke as Jo. And at the core are characters who still move us, 150 years after they were created. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

There are things we
expect from a film on PBS' “Masterpiece”: The script will be very
smart, the actors will be very skilled ... and the story will be very
British.

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.