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6 new series premiering in May on PBS Wisconsin

April 22, 2024 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

Dramas, history and a few delicious dishes are in store for viewers in May on PBS Wisconsin! Watch these programs when they air or download the free PBS App on your favorite streaming device.

MaryLand on Masterpiece

Premieres 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5

Sisters Becca and Rosaline find themselves thrown together by the sudden death of their mother, Mary. They come to find out that she was living an entirely secret life on the Isle of Man, far from her home with her husband, Becca and Rosaline’s father.

As the sisters travel through the early days of grief and discover their mother’s secrets, they meet their mother’s quirky friend Cathy, who seems to know more about their mother than they do. Mary’s death offers Becca and Rosaline a chance to not only reframe their relationship but fundamentally reshape who they are.

Pompeii: The New Dig

A woman wearing work gloves crouches down near a bucket in an excavation site at Pompeii, Italy.

Premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15

Follow the most extensive archaeological excavation in Pompeii for a generation. Nearly two years in the making, with exclusive access to the dig and the all-Italian team of archaeologists, the series follows the excavation of an entire city block, unearthing what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption and the horror faced by the victims, and those who survived, when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

America the Bountiful

Premieres 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Journey into America’s heartland to learn about culture and find inspiration in the evocative chronicles of farmers, artisans, restauranteurs and home cooks through the fare they grow, produce and eat.

In each episode, host Capri Cafaro meets with guests to highlight the culturally diverse stories and traditions hidden in rural and small-town America. From Somalian refugees to Indigenous chefs, Capri introduces viewers to those who make up the cultural and culinary tapestry that forms the rich story of the United States.

The Porter

A group of Black men wearing dark gray uniforms and black caps stare at the camera with serious expressions.

Premieres 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18

The Porter is a stirring, fast-paced exploration of Black empowerment and self-determination, offering a dramatic and compelling look at the lives of train porters, their families and a community striving for success and equality.

From Montreal to Chicago, and every stop in between, The Porter is the story of a movement that gave birth to the first Black union in the world.

Ripper Street

Premieres 8 p.m. Friday, May 24

Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division – the toughest police district in the East End.

Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men find themselves fighting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper – is he back for another reign of terror?

The Outlaws

Premieres 9 p.m. Friday, May 24

When seven strangers are thrown together in a community service scheme, they realize they couldn’t be more different. Having broken the law in their hometown of Bristol is the one thing they have in common.

As new friendships emerge, dark secrets are revealed. And when the group gets drawn into dangerous criminal activity, they must break down the barriers between them, before they can fight for what’s right.

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