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Woman of Mystery: Miss Marple Returns

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:

Christie’s most-beloved character
There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good sleuth, and Miss Jane Marple is an exceptional one. This seasoned amateur crime-solver is one of Agatha Christie’s most-loved characters, and has been played on screen by several different actresses.

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

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.

To help prolong the inevitable end, we've compiled a Pinboard of favorite links to help you celebrate the return of those precious "little grey cells" to the screen for the last time. You might read a missing Christie mystery, host a fete Belgique with flag, frites and waffles, bake mustache-shaped biscuits, or marvel at fan art.

The Many Faces of Derek Jacobi

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

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

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

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

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"

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

What mystery will the Bletchley Circle solve next?

New viewers of The Bletchley Circle, we envy you. One of the shortest and most intriguing series about women in England after WWII awaits. In this week's post, Amie Simon catches us up for season 2.

The Men of Selfridges

Season two of Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge is under way! As a companion piece to The Women of Selfridges, we thought we’d take a look at where Harry Selfridge and the other men of the series are now—and where they might be going. Amie Simon writes:

(Note: Contains season 1 spoilers, and minor spoilers from the season 2 premiere.)

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