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The PBS masterpiece highlights ITV's revolutionary Post Office drama which has been making headlines in the UK for weeks

The PBS masterpiece highlights ITV's revolutionary Post Office drama which has been making headlines in the UK for weeks

The ITV postal drama, which caused intense reckonings in several institutions and pushed the issue to the front pages of British newspapers for weeks, has found its way to the United States.

PBS is acquiring Masterpiece Mr. Bates v. Post Office. It will be published in April.

The four-part series, starring BAFTA winners Toby Jones and Monica Dolan, will be released in early 2024 and depicts what is considered one of the greatest injustices in UK legal history.

When money began disappearing from local branches, the state post office wrongly blamed its managers for the apparent loss. Over the course of a decade, hundreds of people were accused of theft and fraud, many of whom were sent to prison; You have ruined their lives, their marriages and their reputations. However, the problem was actually due to errors in Correios' computer system; This was something the Post Office denied for years.

The Post Office scandal has dominated UK newspapers and news websites for weeks since it began, and several measures have been taken to achieve justice for hundreds of postal workers.

To be beaten Downton Abbey It will be ITV's biggest new drama in more than a decade, averaging 13.1 million viewers per episode. This is a rare number for a British series.

“Our goal in telling this story was to make Subpostmasters feel heard,” said EP Patrick Spence, who produces ITV Studios alongside Little Gem.

Masterpiece EP's Susan Simpson added: “Mr. Bates v. mail It is a testimony to people who insist on searching for truth and justice. The creators of this powerful drama have reignited interest in the Subpostmasters' 20-year quest for justice. “I'm so proud that we're bringing this story to the American public.”

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