'Vienna Blood': Release date, plot, cast, and all you need to know about the crime thriller coming to PBS

The murder mystery show aired on BBC last year and is the perfect show for 'Sherlock' fans as it airs in PBS from January 19.

                            'Vienna Blood': Release date, plot, cast, and all you need to know about the crime thriller coming to PBS
'Vienna Blood' (BBC/PBS)

Ever since the last season of 'Sherlock' came out, fans kept wondering about the next season from Steven Moffat starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Though Moffat announced a potential fifth season, no news has been announced about it since the fourth season came out three years ago.

For fans wanting to scratch that 'Sherlock' itch, PBS has a similar offering coming up on January 19 with the six-part series called 'Vienna Blood', which features a detective and a doctor -- albeit different kinds -- solving murders.

Release date

The first season consists of six episodes and will start airing weekly on PBS from Sunday, January 19th. Each investigation will be divided into two episodes.


Based on clinical psychologist Frank Tallis's series of books titled 'Liebermann Papers', the show follows Dr. Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), a student of Sigmund Freud who works with the gruff Viennese detective Oskar Reinhardt (Jürgen Maurer) to solve murders. The show first aired on BBC in November 2019.

Max, who is eager to establish a link between psychology and criminal behavior, uses his upper-class father's connections to be able to shadow Oskar, a bearish detective who barely tolerates Max's presence. In the first episode, we see Max -- an English-born Jewish physician who is brought in to help Oskar when a woman is murdered, seemingly by an invisible weapon.

Max is not just focused on his job, we do see a little bit of romance brewing for the man as he breaks off his engagement with a woman named Claire after he starts getting interested in Amelia Lydgate, a woman he met when she was having a psychotic break after looking at a Klimt painting.


Matthew Beard

Actor Matthew Beard attends the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 24, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.(Getty Images)

Matthew Beard is an English actor known for his roles in 'And When Did You Last See Your Father?', 'Kiss Me First', and 'Johnny English Strikes Again'. He plays the role of Dr. Max Liebermann, a physician -- and student of Sigmund Freud -- who is interested in establishing a link between criminal behavior and psychology.

Jürgen Maurer

Jürgen Maurer is an Austrian actor best known for his roles in 'Tatort' and 'Vorstadtweiber'. He plays the role of Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt, a Viennese detective who begrudgingly lets Max follow him around and assist as he tries to solve murders.

Jessica De Gouw

Jessica De Gouw attends the 2019 AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel at The Star on December 04, 2019, in Sydney, Australia. (Getty Awards)

Jessica De Gouw is an Australian actress best known for her role as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress in 'Arro', as Mina Murray in 'Dracula', and as Elizabeth Hawkes in 'Underground'. She plays the role of Amelia Lydgate, Max's love interest whom he meets when she has a psychotic break.

Conleth Hill

Conleth Hill attends the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Getty Images)

Conleth Hill is an Irish actor best known for his role as Lord Varys in 'Game of Thrones'. He plays the role of Mendel Liebermann, an upper-class businessman who helps Max get the opportunity to work with Oskar Rheinhardt.

The show also stars Luise von Finckh as Clara, Amelia Bullmore as Rachel Liebermann, Charlene McKenna as Leah Liebermann, Oliver Stokowski as Professor Gruner, Raphael von Bargen as Inspector von Bulow, Simon Hatzl as Police Commissioner Strasser, Josef Ellers as Sergeant Haussmann, and Harald Windisch as Professor Matthias.


Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson is a British playwright and screenwriter known for his work on 'Sherlock' and 'Doctor Who'. Thompson created 'Vienna Blood' and wrote all the episodes of the first season.




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