New Seasons in January: Drama Sundays

January 3, 2023

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All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece, Season 3, premieres Sunday, January 8.

January brings new seasons of hit PBS dramas to THIRTEEN, airing back-to-back on Sunday nights, starting January 8. Just in time to snuggle into cozy winter TV time are the Season 3 premieres of Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece (8 p.m.), All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece (9 p.m.), and the detective series Vienna Blood (10 p.m.). Tune in to the broadcasts on Sunday evenings or binge watch using the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport, our extensive, on-demand library of public television programming that you can stream anywhere you watch.

All Creatures Great and Small: Season 3

Sundays, January 8-February 19, 9 p.m.
Stream All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece Season 3 on-demand with THIRTEEN Passport, starting January 8.

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The heartwarming Masterpiece series about veterinarian James Herriot and his surrogate family in the Yorkshire Dales of the 1930s returns for Season 3.

All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece Season 3 begins in Spring 1939 when James and Helen prepare to get married. Should their wedding go off without a hitch, James (Nicholas Ralph) and Helen (Rachel Shenton) will have a new life partnership and James, a new stake in the business to boot. His plan to participate in the government’s practice to test for tuberculosis in cattle will expand the veterinary practice, but it could put him on the outs with local farmers. Helen tries to find her place within the welcoming, yet eccentric embrace of Skeldale House.

Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) faces the world as a qualified vet– but will he win the approval of big brother Siegfried (Samuel West)? Romance may finally be on the horizon for Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley), and eccentric Mrs. Pumphrey (Patricia Hodge) returns with her pampered Pekingese, Tricki Woo. Meanwhile, a war with Germany looms on the horizon, leaving everyone wondering what the future holds.

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Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 3

Sundays, January 8–February 12, 8 p.m.
Stream Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece on-demand with THIRTEEN Passport.

A blurry blue image of Big Ben cityscape in London and collage portrait of woman in blue hat set at a slant and an unsmiling man with moustache and beard.Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece returns for a third season with six new episodes set in Victorian London. Intrepid female detective Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) finds herself in fresh and surprising mysteries, ranging from a disappearing magician to police corruption, as she struggles to build her detective agency. Growing competition from a rival agency creates new problems as she continues to juggle her fiery relationship with Inspector William Wellington, the Duke (Stuart Martin). And she has a new challenge on that front: a beautiful woman from her childhood has caught the Duke’s eye.

For context and mood to supplement this fictional series, “Victorian London” indeed means that Queen Victoria reigns in Great Britain. The Masterpiece series Victoria provides a view of the era from her perspective. The reality series Victorian Slum House reveals the difficult life many Londoners lived during this time period.

The world’s first fictional detective star, Sherlock Holmes, arrived on the scene in London with author Arthur Conan Doyle’s first novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887. How’s that for a tie-in to the PBS series (which begins in 1882)!

THIRTEEN Passport members can stream all seasons and episodes of Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Masterpiece on-demand.

Vienna Blood

Sundays, January 8–February 12, 10 p.m.
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Dr. Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) team up to solve new cases in a third season of Vienna Blood. Set in 1900s Vienna – a hotbed of philosophy, science, and art, where cultures clash and ideas collide in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses – the six-episode season finds Max and Oskar once again thrust into the dark underbelly of glittering Viennese society, with mysteries set in a luxury fashion house, the Chinese antiquities trade, and the budding world of cinema.

In Season 3 the show creators pay tribute to the women characters who make inroads in the suffragette movement as journalists and visionaries of fashion’s service to women, freeing them from constricted roles and corsets. Clara (Luise Von Finckh) becomes a prominent newspaper journalist and Leah (Charlene McKenna ) takes on an important role in the Liebermann family business.