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PBS Show ‘Mercy Street,’ Co-Created by Maine Woman, Debuts Sunday

Fans of historical dramas — such as the popular “Downton Abbey” series on Public Television — will be given a new offering this Sunday night with the premiere of “Mercy Street,” the first original drama produced by PBS in a decade.

The show’s co-creator, Maine filmmaker Lisa Quijano Wolfinger, says she wanted to tell a different kind of story about the Civil War — not about the battles or politics, but about the lives of the doctors, the nurses of the era.

Wolfinger says they are the unsung heroes of the Civil War.

Maine filmmaker Lisa Quijano Wolfinger is executive producer of the new PBS series “Mercy Street,” which airs on MPBN Television at 10 p.m. Sunday, right after Downton Abbey.