Jul 27, 2012 • Boston, MA

American Public Television Delivers British-Themed Programming for the Summer Olympics and Beyond


BOSTON (July 27, 2012)American Public Television (APT), a leading syndicator of programming to U.S. public television stations, will distribute a diverse range of British-themed series and specials in time for the 2012 London Olympics and in the months to come.

Royal watchers will enjoy Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration (1x52), a chronicle of Elizabeth II's reign, from her coronation in 1953 to her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The Queen’s father, King George VI, takes center stage in Edward & George: Two Brothers, One Throne (1x52), which recounts an infamous chapter in British history from the perspective of the two siblings involved.

Other selections include two documentaries on one of the world's most celebrated couples, William and Kate: Into the Future and William and Kate: The Royal Wedding, along with several historical programs that illuminate Britain’s monarchy: Charlotte: A Royal at War, Coronation Britain, Edward & Wallis – A Story of Love and Destiny, Elizabeth I: Killer Queen?, Inside the World Of Henry VIII and Prince Philip at 90.

Anglophiles can vicariously visit the Olympics' host city through episodes of the popular travel series Globe Trekker, which celebrates its 10th anniversary of public television in 2012, as well as expeditions led by APT's European travel experts, Rick Steves and Rudy Maxa.

Brit-com and Brit-dram enthusiasts can tune in to the transatlantic hits Rosemary & Thyme, Midsomer Murders and Doc Martin, the latter of which stars Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) as a brash doctor whose blunt opinions and tactless manner wreak havoc in a small Cornish community. In addition to multiple seasons of Doc Martin, fans of Clunes can also catch him in a variety of other APT-distributed nature specials (Martin Clunes: Man to Manta, Martin Clunes: Horse Power), travel/history series (Islands of Britain) and comedies (Reggie Perrin).

These programs are distributed by Boston-based American Public Television (APT), and broadcast nationally on public television stations. APT has an impressive tradition of introducing American audiences to U.K. imports, as the first U.S. syndicator of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1974 and later with Ballykissangel, a viewer favorite about an English priest assigned to a rural Irish village.

For information and photos on any of these titles, or to request a screener, please contact Mike_Nadeau@APTonline.org or 617-338-4455, ext 150.


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