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Man of Mystery: Inspector Lewis is Back

Lewis, Hathaway and Maddox are on the case

Get ready for even more intrigue! Masterpiece Mystery! viewers will enjoy Kevin Whatley’s return as Inspector Robert “Robbie” Lewis in three new episodes of the engaging series starting October 5. Amie Simon gets us up-to-date and ready for the season:

Friday Night Mysteries: Two crime series to enjoy this fall

Father Brown and DCI Banks

Fall has officially hit Seattle! That means crisp colored leaves, boots and scarves, and inevitably, lots of rain—not that we mind. It’s really the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch Friday nights with a cup of tea and some exciting Friday night mysteries!

Starting Friday, September 26, KCTS 9 is airing episodes of Father Brown and DCI Banks back-to-back starting at 8pm. These two sleuths may come from different worlds, but their end goal is the same. Both men are dedicated to relentlessly pursuing the truth until the crime is solved and justice is served.

Woman of Mystery: Miss Marple Returns

Juila McKenzie is Miss Marple

Masterpiece Mystery! viewers will be thrilled to know that British theatre and television veteran Julia McKenzie returns as Miss Marple in three new episodes of Agatha Christie’s popular series starting 9/21! Amie Simon gets us up-to-date and ready for the season:

Get Ready for David Suchet's Final Five Hercule Poirot Episodes (Pinboard)

Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) Poirot (David Suchet)

David Suchet has portrayed Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's Belgian (not French!) detective, for 12 seasons since 1989, when he first donned the famous mustache at the request of Christie's family. With five final episodes, Suchet completes the oeuvre.

The Many Faces of Derek Jacobi

Derek Jacobi as Claudius, Stuart and Hamlet

Sir Derek Jacobi has been a star of the stage and screen for nearly five decades! Amie Simon takes a look at some of the distinguished actor’s career highlights in preparation for his Sunday night double act, starting June 29 on KCTS 9 and PBS stations around the country. Last Tango in Halifax season 2 kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and Vicious premieres at 10:30 p.m. In between, catch new episodes of Endeavour at 9:00.

The Many Faces of David Tennant

David Tennant as the Doctor, Peter Vincent and DI Alec Hardy

Masterpiece fans may recognize Scottish actor David Tennant as their host for several Contemporary episodes--or even as the lilting and amusing voice of the very popular nature documentary Earthflight. As blogger Amie Simon reports, he's entertained audiences in many different roles -- with many faces.

Masterpiece Mystery connections: Inspector Endeavour Morse

Shaun Evans as Endeavour and Kevin Whatley as Inspector Lewis

Masterpiece Mystery viewers take note: Season two of Endeavour premieres 6/29, and you can catch up on season one starting Sunday, 6/1, at 9pm. Since the original Inspector Morse series started way back in 1987, we thought we’d review the connections between these incredibly popular shows for current Endeavour (and Morse and Lewis) fans.

Mr. Selfridge S2 Recap: It’s always been all for Rose

Mr. Selfridge Season 2 Finale
NOTE: Our Tea Times blogger Amie Simon crystallizes what went down in the Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge Season 2 finale. (This recap is loaded with spoilers, as all good recaps should be! ICYMI, or want to see it again, watch online before 6/17/2014. Video U.S. only.

The Many Faces of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Remember that years-long wait between Sherlock series 2 and 3? Turns out Benedict Cumberbatch was busy. Amie Simon reports on some of his many roles that may or may not be catalogued in his “mind palace.”

Sherlock fans know English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the devastatingly smart, socially awkward, and very smug modern sleuth solving crimes in 21st century London, but on May 11 they’ll have a chance to see him in a totally different role: as bearded, red-headed painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Changing the World of Retail: The Real Selfridges and "Mr. Selfridge"

The cast of "Mr. Selfridge" season 2 arrayed on a facsimile of the store.

This week, Amie Simon takes us through some of the historical changes Harry Selfridge brought to retail, and how they're depicted in Masterpiece's Mr. Selfridge

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