Monday, June 14, 2010

Another Summer of Masterpiece Mystery

We are nearly half way into the Masterpiece Mystery season this year, so I guess it's time I got to it before the 2010 series is history.

This year kicked off with three new episode's Foyle's War, which means we've now covered May 1940 through August 1945 and, it would appear, the war is over...along with the series. If so, Michael Kitchen will be greatly missed.

Next came Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (really very good indeed) and two reruns (encore performances?): A Pocket Full of Rye and Murder Is Easy. In the weeks ahead, Miss Marple will find mystery in The Secret of Chimneys (June 20) and in The Blue Geranium (June 27), which features Sharon Small of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

In July, David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot (shown above left). He will take us on a homicide-free railway ride in David Suchet on the Orient Express (July 7), and in following weeks will appear as Poirot in Murer on the Orient Express (July 11), Third Girl (July 18), Appointment with Death (July 25) and as well as a rerun of Cat Among the Pigeons (Aug. 1).

The summer season is rounded out with eight Inspector Lewis stories beginning Aug. 8, with three repeats from last season: Allegory of Love (Aug. 8), The Quality of Mercy (Aug. 15) and The Point of Vanishing (Aug. 22). Joanna Lumley, who played Miss Marple's confidante in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, plays an aging rock star in the first new entry, Counter Culture Blues (airing Aug. 29). Inspector Lewis runs through Sept. 26 (show titles and dates to be announced), so have a happy and murderous summer.

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