PBS’s Strongest Season Ever

PBS is calling the upcoming season the strongest fall schedule in years. No wonder, several shows are inspired by books.

Sundays, September 30 to November 4, 2012, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Topping the ratings of Downton Abbey, this series about a midwife in the slums of East London in the 1950s, was a surprise hit when it ran in the UK earlier this year. Based on a best-selling series of memoirs by Jennifer Worth, it brought the books back to the top of UK lists. Many libraries have copies of the 2009 US edition of the first title on the shelves (the others were not published here).


In addition to a tie-in edition of the original title (below), a behind-the-scenes companion volume will be released Oct. 9.

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Jennifer Worth
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books – (2012-08-29)
ISBN / EAN: 0143123254 / 9780143123255

Highbridge Audio

WALLANDER III – Masterpiece Mystery!

Sundays, September 9, 16 & 23, 2012, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Kenneth Branagh returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander, the Swedish detective featured in novels by Henning Mankell (interview with Branagh here).
DEATH AND THE CIVIL WAR — American Experience
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ETA Ric Burns documentary based on This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust.

Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

George Clooney introduces this series in which New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, travel to ten countries to report on how women are overcoming oppression.

Begins Sunday, October 7  

The second and final season of the followup to the 1970’s hit begins in October. It is getting much less fanfare than Downton Abbey, which begins season 3 in January. Margaret Powell’s real-life memoir of her time as a maid, Below Stairs, is a source for both series. In January, the second of Powell’s memoirs will be released, Servants’ Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance.

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