Public television depends upon its viewers for the majority of its fundraising. Always on offer is a vast array of programming suitable for family, and after 8 PM programming is directed more to older family members. I always snuggle up on the sofa, all cozy and with a bit of anticipation, to watch these programs. Lately, BBC's Masterpiece Theatre has been presented to us in generous portions, usually on Sunday evenings and Friday nights as well.
The casting crew has screened the actors they put through their auditions and they are the real deal. They have passed all the tests and possess the required acting experience and passion to portray their characters with confidence. These actors breathe new life into old stories, actually become these characters, that so many of us have grown to love. "Masterpiece Theatre is based upon mystery, intrigue, suspense and romance, and is portrayed by such good actors and actresses, many of whom we have already grown to love watching." Even those that play only small parts are quite accomplished, very believable. Some of my very favorites are (Agatha Christie's) Inspector Poiroit, Miss Marple, Inspector Lynley and a few other detectives that gather the evidence in order to figure out who the guilty people are.
Here is a link which can provide you with an in-depth listing of all the stories, historical programs, and even romances (for Jane Austen fans), brought to us through a company of fine actors and storytellers. "Masterpiece on PBS" (Public Broadcasting System), has been around since 1971. I didn't know it had been on this long, but the point is that they produce the best there is for us, the television viewers. They take their time and they do it right. It is programming extraordinaire and hours of entertainment in the finest sense of the word.
To those of you who, like me, enjoy tuning in, I urge you to support your local public broadcasting stations to keep them on the air, and to allow generations to come the same quality programs for which they are famous. Search PBS to visit their website and see the vast array of programming they offer for us and for our children, as well.