Saturday, May 9, 2009

Coming up on Masterpiece

In case anyone was wondering, I'm not going to be reviewing The Old Curiosity Shop, the last installment of this year's Masterpiece Classic season. To depressing by far IMO!

The Masterpiece Mystery season kicks off tomorrow with Wallander, series one, starring the one and only Kenneth Branagh (woo-hoo!). Here's a short preview:

Here's a look at the entire schedule:

MAY 10 – 31 Wallander, Series I
In the bucolic but brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander has been solving heinous crimes for his entire middle-aged career. In his first recurring television role, Kenneth Branagh brings the scruffy Swedish sleuth to life in this series based on the international bestsellers by Henning Mankell.
May 10 Sidetracked (90 minutes)
May 17 Firewall (90 minutes)
May 31 One Step Behind (90 minutes)

JUN 7 – 14 Foyle’s War, Series V (Encore)
Set along the South Coast of England in the 1940s, Foyle's War stars Michael Kitchen as the no-nonsense Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, the straightforward sleuth who fights his own battles on the home front while war rages across Europe.
Jun 7 Broken Souls (90 minutes)
Jun 14 All Clear (90 minutes)

JUN 21 – 28 Hercule Poirot, Series X
David Suchet reprises his role as suave Hercule Poirot in two new episodes.
Jun 21 Cat Among the Pigeons (90 minutes)
Jun 28 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (90 minutes)
JUL 5 – 26 Miss Marple, Series IV
One of Agatha Christie's signature characters returns to Mystery!, with Julia McKenzie taking over the role of spinster sleuth Miss Marple in four new episodes.
Jul 5 A Pocket Full Of Rye (90 minutes)
Jul 12 Murder is Easy (90 minutes)
Jul 19 They Do It With Mirrors (90 minutes)
Jul 26 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (90 minutes)

AUG 16 – 23 Inspector Lewis, Series I (Encore)
Aug 16 Old School Ties (90 minutes)
Aug 23 Expiation (90 minutes)
AUG 20 – Inspector Lewis, Series II
SEPT 20 Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for a second full season. The much-loved Oxford policeman is once again joined by Laurence Fox (A Room with a View) as Lewis’ young partner DS Hathaway. And as the relationship between Inspector and Sergeant grows and develops we see new sides to the inimitable duo.
Aug 30 And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea (90 minutes)
Sept 6 Music To Die For (90 minutes)
Sept 13 Life Born of Fire (90 minutes)
Sept 20 The Great and the Good (90 minutes)

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