Friday British Programming

Unwind from the week with British programming on WLIW21.

Friday Night Line-up

Downton Abbey – Masterpiece, Season 3

Fridays, 8 p.m., starting July 12

The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Shirley MacLaine joins the much-loved cast, which includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern,Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton and many others. “No family is ever what it seems from the outside,” observes Smith’s shrewd character.

Visiting Highclere Castle, the estate where Downton Abbey was filmed, was a highlight of last summer’s WLIW Born to the Manor trip to England. See our To the Manor Born Tour adventures, here.

Watch all six seasons of Downton Abbey – Masterpiece on demand with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.

To the Manor Born

Fridays at 9 p.m.
On July 19: Richard has moved his multi-national grocery business to the Manor and has started re-building it, much to Audrey’s consternation. They cross swords on the matter of a fireplace.

Vicious: Season 2

Fridays at 9:30 p.m.

This comedic series tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are pretty much over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing, and hurling caustic insults at each other.

On July 19: After Freddie and Stuart have a falling out, Stuart moves in with Ash and Violet moves in with Freddie. It doesn’t take long, however, before the new flatmates begin to drive each other crazy. Violet and Ash devise a plan to return things to normal. (Part 5 of 6)

Stream all seasons of Vicious with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.

Death in Paradise Season 8

Fridays at 10 p.m., concludes July 19
Death in Paradise is a series of impossible murders set on the fictional Caribbean island of Sainte Marie.

800 Words

Fridays at 10 p.m. – new episodes return, starting July 26

In the Australian comedy-drama 800 WORDS, recently widowed Sydney newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thompson) sets out to make a fresh start with his teenage children by moving to the tiny New Zealand town where he vacationed as a child. When the transition proves to be more difficult than he anticipated, George and his grieving family find themselves facing an uncertain future.


See our British programs on Monday night, Tuesday night, and Saturday night, too.

Do you miss Friday nights with The Great British Baking Show? WLIW21 members can stream all seasons of either show with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.