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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 2 premieres at 8 p.m.; ‘Mr. Selfridge’ at 9 p.m. March 31 on WCNY

The critically acclaimed series that drew larger audiences in Britain than “Downton Abbey”returns in March with a second season. The first of eight episodes of “Call the Midwife”airs March 31 at 8 p.m. on WCNY (24.1).

“Call the Midwife” premiered on PBS stations in the United States last fall after setting audience records for the launch of a new drama series in England.

The series is based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. Nonnatus House opens its doors to welcome viewers to 1950s East End London and follows the Poplar neighborhood’s midwives and nursing nuns. The new season stays true to its roots; viewers can expect to see more births, babies and bicycling, plus a blossoming romance from an unexpected quarter.

To read more about the show, visit www.pbs.org/programs/call-the-midwife.

Following “Call the Midwife,” WCNY will broadcast Masterpiece Classic’s “Mr. Selfridge” at 9 p.m., also on WCNY (24.1). The show features three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon Selfridge, an entrepreneur and showman seeking to provide London’s shoppers with the ultimate merchandise and the ultimate thrill at the unfashionable end of Oxford Street in 1909 London.

To read more about the show, visit www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/mr-selfridge.

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