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PBS Distribution - Black Friday Gift Guide (2016)

As I'm sure you're aware, Black Friday is right around the corner along with the holidays and PBS Distribution has some great options to include in your baskets via our PBS Holiday Gift Guide.

Whether you are a Drama Fan, a fan of PBS Men, a fan of PBS Ladies, or perhaps you are a devoted Mystery Fan, our PBS Holiday Gift Guide 2016 has a little bit of everything for you all!

PBS Distribution are readying to release Downton Abbey: The Complete Limited Edition Collector's Set, Downton Abbey: The Complete Series, Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series, and one of my own all-time favorites (given that it follows on from the fantastic Inspector Morse days, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series. Oh, for those of you with children, they also released Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's Winter Wonderland and Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Limited Edition Collector's Set
'Downton Abbey' made television history when it originally aired on MASTERPIECE in January 2011. It became the highest rated drama on PBS, boasting millions of viewers tuning in each Sunday to watch the Crawley family and those that served them. Fans of the series became hooked, watching the splendor, romance, desire and heartbreak, scandal and rumor that flourished both upstairs and downstairs.

Now, this holiday season, fans of the epic series can own for the very first time, the ultimate keepsake – 'DOWNTON ABBEY: THE COMPLETE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET'. All six seasons – 52 episodes – of the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning program are offered, with specially selected bonus content (over 13 hours!) including 5 new hours of extras.

In addition, the box-set includes exclusive gifts that lovers of the series will surely enjoy. This is the ultimate 'Downton Abbey' box-set and a must-have for every fan!

The Beautiful Gold Keepsake Box Contains:
Working Downton Abbey pull-bell ready to hang on the wall or stand on a shelf.
Collectible set of six elegant cork-based coasters featuring the official Downton Abbey crest.
The Costumes of Downton Abbey, an exclusive photo-filled booklet featuring a forward from executive producer Gareth Neame.
Collectible hardcover book with 22 discs featuring all 52 episodes including each season finale Christmas special, video extras from each season, full color photography and favorite quotes from iconic characters.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Series
Led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, the acclaimed ensemble cast brings to life all the drama and intrigue of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the lavish English country manor, home to the Earl of Grantham.

This complete collection set (on both DVD and Blu-ray), available just in time for the holidays, includes all 52 episodes of the series of this Golden Globe, SAG and multi-Emmy Award-winning series, following the Crawley family and their servants through all of the splendor and romance, desire and heartbreak, scandal and rumor that 'Downton Abbey' viewers across the globe have grown to love.

'Downton Abbey' is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production, written and created by Julian Fellowes. The series is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Chris Croucher is the Producer. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The Senior Series Producer for MASTERPIECE is Susanne Simpson.

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series
Enjoy all four seasons of the thrilling MASTERPIECE series hailed as addicting by the Wall Street Journal. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies, 'Mr. Selfridge' brings to life the story of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the colorful and visionary founder of London's most lavish department store, and features a brilliant ensemble cast led by three-time Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven.

Much like the department store it depicts, 'Mr. Selfridge' presents a sumptuous display of gorgeous clothing, magnificent hairstyles, and enviable period decor. Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as bluff, driven Harry Selfridge, who arrives in London at the start of the 20th century determined to launch a modern retail empire, promoting the notion of shopping as a pleasure unto itself.

The series explores the cultural shifts of the time - the rise of advertising, women's emancipation, and more - while following a sudsy series of affairs and scandals among the store's staff, as well as the marital turmoil of Selfridge himself.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series
Inspector Robert (Robbie) Lewis steps out of the shadow of his mentor - the inimitable Inspector Morse (John Thaw) - in this highly-acclaimed series. Together with his partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway, they take on the elite criminal underworld of Oxford, England, relying on Lewis' instinct and Hathaway's intellect.

The superb acting and character development of Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis, and Laurence Fox as his partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway, are a treat. Laurence Fox as Hathaway is a great surprise, playing a wryly humorous ex-seminarian with issues of his own. Kevin Whately as Lewis is perfect as a widowed survivor, in search of the perpetrator of the hit-and-run that left him bereft.

Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson adds another rich dimension to the narratives, as does Rebecca Front as the formidable "Mum," Chief Superintendent Innocent. Although Lewis and Hathaway are another duo altogether, and this series lacks the tongue-in-cheek self mocking of 'Midsomer Murders', 'Inspector Lewis' is well worth exploring. Of course, it's a treat to meander through Oxford's beautifully filmed spires, cobbled streets, and nearby countryside. The tensions between upper-class academics and regular citizens of Oxfordshire are explored to the max, and it's rather fun to see inside the halls of such stately universities and such - given that we mere US mortals will, most likely, never make it there ourselves!

Catch all 33 beguiling mysteries, from the pilot to the series finale, in 'Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series'.

Oh and as for an extra PBS Distribution bonus here, also check out the rather brilliant 'Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour Series 3'. Indeed, 'Endeavour' is a good idea that's very entertainingly executed: a prequel to the popular Morse series, with Shaun Evans in the younger version of the role inhabited for so long by the late John Thaw.

Faithful followers will get a kick out of watching Evans unveil the character's still-nascent quirks and habits. His Endeavour Morse, a detective constable when we first met him in the first season re: the mid-1960s, was an Oxford dropout, a self-kept young man, somewhat socially awkward and a bit of a hothead; he loved opera and the ladies, often at the same time.

He's unafraid to breach cop protocol when working on a case; but he's also necrophobic, liable to faint in the presence of a dead body. And while he's a detective of Sherlock Holmesian brilliance, he's also precocious and more than capable of making mistakes; as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), his mentor and principal (sometimes only) supporter, has put it, "You're a good detective ... and a poor policeman."

We know Morse's smarts will eventually prevail as he sorts out one murder after another, but here in this third season of 'Endeavour', set in 1967, it picks up from the dramatic second series finale that saw Endeavour Morse placed in police custody; framed for a murder he didn't commit and DI Fred Thursday's life hanging in the balance after being shot.