Thursday, June 11, 2009

Masterpiece Mystery! Schedule for Summer 2009

Masterpiece Mystery

With grey cells firing and knitting needles clicking, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple return to Masterpiece Mystery! this summer in Six by Agatha, a half-dozen whodunits by the greatest mystery author of all time, Agatha Christie.

David Suchet revisits his signature role as the suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot, and acclaimed actress Julia McKenzie takes over the iconic role of Miss Marple.

Here's this summer's schedule; check your local listings for specific times.

Masterpiece Mystery: Agatha Christie's Poirot

June 21, 2009: Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot). Poirot tackles an intriguing and dangerous murder case involving international espionage, a Middle-Eastern revolution and a missing princess. The surviving heir to a Middle-Eastern throne is hidden away from revolutionaries in a small English girl's school, but when -- one by one -- teachers are found murdered, it seems the school may not be such a haven for the princess after all.

June 28, 2009: Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot). Mrs. McGinty was killed by a brutal blow to the head. Her lodger James Bentley is sentenced to hang for the murder. As Poirot joins forces with famed crime novelist Ariadne Oliver to save Bentley from the gallows, he doesn't realize his own life is in danger.

Masterpiece Mystery: Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

July 05, 2009: A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple). When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue, his young wife, Adele, and their housemaid, Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." Since Miss Marple had trained Gladys herself, she has a personal reason to investigate. Will her reasoning and deduction make sense of the rhyme and at last reveal the culprit?

July 12, 2009: Murder is Easy (Miss Marple). Miss Marple hears from a fellow railway passenger about a string of murders in a peaceful village town. When she learns that the passenger is involved in a tragic accident before making her report to the police, Miss Marple decides to investigate further to track down the killer, unearthing secrets about the village and its inhabitants.

July 19, 2009: They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Marple). When the power goes out during rehearsal for an amateur show, commotion ensues and a murder takes place elsewhere in the house. As witness to the confusion, Miss Marple must decipher the elaborate conjuring trick played by the killer.

July 26, 2009: Why Didn't They Ask Evens? (Miss Marple). A young adventurer, the sole witness to a dying man's enigmatic last words, seeks to solve the riddle they pose by forming an unlikely alliance with Miss Marple and a beautiful socialite. Together, they must navigate a hotbed of stifled emotion, murder, treachery and poisonous deceit to reveal the devastating truth.

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