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You've heard they're coming. Oh yes, they're almost here. New guilty pleasures in the form of British dramas.

Here's a peak down the pipeline...


Midsomer Murders (Season 4)

Premieres Thursday, May 14 at 8pm

With a style that recalls classic British murder mysteries of the past, the long-running crime drama Midsomer Murders has made the fictional English county of Midsomer infamous for its disproportionately high murder rate. Programming Note: Season 5 will follow right behind Season 4.

Father Brown (Season 3)

Premieres Sunday, May 24 at 6pm

The good Father (Mark Williams) cycles back on screen to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. Once again, he is aided by no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs McCarthy, glamorous socialite Lady Felicia Montague and her chauffeur Sid Carter. Programming Note: We're jumping from our repeats of Season 1 straight to the premiere of Season 3, skipping another repeat of Season 2. We didn't want to keep you waiting! (ten episodes)

Doctor Blake Mysteries

Premieres Sunday, May 31 at 7pm

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father's old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. There's a new chief superintendent who doesn't approve of Blake's unorthodox methods, and despite the pathologist solving the crimes which have confounded the police, he is determined to get rid of Blake for good. Even dependable Jean, his housekeeper and assistant, is thinking of leaving town as her own past comes back to haunt her. Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother's mysterious death. (ten episodes)

Foyle's War (Season 8)

Premieres Sunday, May 31 at 8pm

The acclaimed detective series returns for its final season with more mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks, My Brother Tom). (three episodes)

The Forsyte Saga

Premieres Thursday, June 4 at 10pm

This 2002 dramatic miniseries chronicles three generations of the Forsytes, an upper middle-class family in Victorian and later Edwardian England. Starring Damian Lewis, Gina McKee and Amanda Root. (13 episodes)

Poldark on Master-piece

Premieres Sunday, June 21 at 8pm

Ross Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father has passed away, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. Ross faces the challenge of making his land productive, caring for the tenants who rely on him and trying to win back the woman he loved. (six episodes)

The Crimson Field

Premieres Sunday, June 21 at 9pm

Oona Chaplin stars in a drama about WWI's frontline medics - their hopes, fears, triumphs and tragedies. In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers works together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. Programming Note: This also stars Kevin Doyle who we know as Mr. Molesley from downstairs at Downton Abbey. (six episodes)

Last Tango in Halifax (Season 3)

Premieres Sunday, June 28 at 10pm

The third season picks up with Alan and Celia enjoying their time as a married couple -- but their honeymoon period is quickly over when Alan's world is shaken by the arrival of someone from his past. Meanwhile, Caroline and her pregnant partner Kate are planning a wedding which doesn't seem to be taken as good news by everyone in the family. (six episodes)