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Atlantic Crossing

Premieres April 4 at 9 pm

A friendship forged in war is beautifully portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as Norwegian Crown Princess Martha in Atlantic Crossing, based on a true story of passion and politics, premiering on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday April 4 at 9/8c.

See a listing of the eight episodes:

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 1 | April 4 at 9 pm
Norwegian Crown Princess Martha (Sofia Helin) and her husband Prince Olav visit U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (Kyle MacLachlan) in 1939. A year later they must flee the Nazi invasion of their country.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 2 | April 9 at 9 pm
Prince Olav and the King plan their escape. Meanwhile, Princess Martha and the children take refuge with her Swedish royal relatives. But the Nazis threaten the King if he harbors the Crown Princess.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 3 | April 16 at 9 pm
While bombs fall on Olav and the King in London, Martha and the children are in the U.S. where President Roosevelt extends a special invitation.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 4 | April 25 at 9 pm
Martha is pressured to exploit her friendship with the president. Roosevelt defies isolationists to push the Lend-Lease act. Martha and the children get a surprise Christmas present.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 5 | May 2 at 9 pm
Martha uses dinner-table tactics to help Norway. The first lady gives Martha unusual lessons in public speaking. The president gets on dangerous ground with Martha.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 6 | May 9 at 9 pm
America enters the war, and Olav arrives from England. Missy grows suspicious of ties between Roosevelt and Martha, as does Olav. Meanwhile, a dastardly Nazi plot unfolds.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 7 | May 16 at 9 pm
A Nazi agent slips through the cracks, putting the children at risk. Martha travels to England and gets a shock. A Norwegian war hero meets a tragic fate.

Atlantic Crossing, Episode 8 | May 25 at 9 pm
With the war almost over, Roosevelt’s health takes a bad turn. Olav tries to keep Norway out of the clutches of the Soviets. He also faces rocky relations with Martha.


Encore

Just in case you missed these programs, the following are airing again:

Howard's End
Sunday, March 21, 28 at 9 pm and March 28 at 10 pm

Watch a fresh take to this adaptation. Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel takes up the cause of Leonard Bast, a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky. In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby on the straight and narrow.

World On Fire
Sunday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 pm AND May 2, 9 16 at 10 pm

World on Fire is a World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war. 


Available on SCETV Passport

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The Long Song
This three-part miniseries based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel about the end of slavery in Jamaica follows July (Tamara Lawrance), an indomitable, young slave who works on a sugarcane plantation with her detestable mistress, Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell). Their lives change with the arrival of a new overseer, Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden) who sets out to improve life on the plantation.

Miss Scarlet and the Duke
Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London. Stuart Martin (Jamestown) plays her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke.

All Creatures Great and Small 
James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved books. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life.

Elizabeth is Missing
Glenda Jackson stars as Maud, a woman determined to find her missing friend Elizabeth – but can she solve the mystery of her disappearance before her dementia erases all the clues?

About MASTERPIECE

Winner of 86 Primetime Emmys® and 16 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Farmers Insurance® with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Presented on PBS by WGBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent hits such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.