Masterpiece Classic will premiere on Jan. 13 with new host Gillian Anderson, already familiar to PBS fans for her turn as Lady Dedlock in Bleak House. The new series will showcase 10 programs through May, including adaptations of all six of Jane Austen’s novels; Cranford, a three-part miniseries starring Judi Dench; My Boy Jack, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the son of Rudyard Kipling; and a new adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View by Andrew Davies (the scribe behind several of the new Austen adaptations, as well as the highly esteemed 1996 Pride and Prejudice).
Masterpiece Mystery! will debut in the summer, absorbing the Mystery! anthology series that has been a PBS fixture since 1980. In the fall, Masterpiece Contemporary will focus on dramas set in the present day. Hosts for the other two Masterpiece mini-seasons have yet to be announced.