The two-part series based on Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island is scheduled to air on two nights (April 18 and 25) on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. The show usually airs at 9pm on Sundays but you should check your local listings.
Synopsis from the PBS site: Born into a broken home and an impoverished life in Jamaica, Hortense (Naomie Harris) longs for a fulfilling life in England; one with a fine house and a doorbell. The door of opportunity swings open, and Hortense is married and on her way to the promised land of post-war Britain. Steadfast dreams are soon tested by hard realities as Hortense and her husband Gilbert (David Oyelowo) face racism and poverty. In the small-minded country, their only saving grace is Queenie (Ruth Wilson, Jane Eyre). But Queenie faces her own disillusionment, married to the kind but dull Bernard (Benedict Cumberbatch, The Last Enemy). Bonded by high hopes and broken dreams, these four lives fuse together in a powerful and hopeful story of love and fulfillment. Small Island is based on the award-winning, bestselling novel by Andrea Levy. (Two episodes; 90 minutes each; TV-MA, S)
Small Island will be available for online viewing on the PBS site from April 19 – May 25, 2010. The book and DVD will also be available for sale on the site.
For more, including information about the cast and characters go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/smallisland/index.html