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Masterpiece Season 39 episodes

Collision Season 39, Episode 33

The conclusion of the riveting "Collision" takes some surprising turns, including one involving the reason furniture-van driver Danny Rampton fled from the scene of the accident. Tolin and Stallwood, meanwhile, follow up on the corporate-espionage case and learn what piano teacher Sidney Norris had hidden on his computer. In other events, Jane agrees to travel abroad with Richard and Brian tells his wife what happened with her mother. read more

Collision Season 39, Episode 32

Part 1 of 2. The engrossing "Collision," about a multi-vehicle accident on a British highway that left two dead, opens with D.I. John Tolin (Douglas Henshall) taking on the investigation, which finds him partnered with a former lover (Kate Ashfield). The two reconstruct what happened while investigating the drivers, including one who went missing from the crash site. The drama also delves into the lives of the survivors and a rest-stop waitress (Lucy Griffiths) who's pursued by one. read more

Place of Execution Season 39, Episode 31

The startling conclusion of "Place of Execution" finds Catherine (Juliet Stevenson) fired from the documentary on George Bennett's first major case, the disappearance of a teen girl some 45 years earlier, yet still pursuing leads as to what happened. To that end, she looks up the police sergeant (Dave Hill) who assisted him in the investigation. She also finds herself caring as best she can for her daughter (Elizabeth Day), whom she's brought with her on the investigation. read more

Place of Execution Season 39, Episode 30

Part 1 of 2 of "Place of Execution," about a TV journalist (Juliet Stevenson) whose piece on a high-profile police official leads her to question the results of his first big case, the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl some 45 years earlier. Old George Bennett: Philip Jackson. D.I. George Bennett: Lee Ingleby. Philip Hawkin: Greg Wise. read more

Endgame Season 39, Episode 29

"Endgame," about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa, which were instigated by a British businessman (Jonny Lee Miller) and featured Afrikaner academic Will Esterhuyse (William Hurt) and ANC representative Thabo Mbeki (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Rudolf Agnew: Derek Jacobi. Dr. Niel Barnard: Mark Strong. Nelson Mandela: Clarke Peters. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Point of Vanishing Season 39, Episode 28

"Inspector Lewis: The Point of Vanishing," about a death-by-drowning linked to an old murder attempt on Oxford don-celebrity atheist Tom Rattenbury (Julian Wadham) that left Rattenbury's daughter in a wheelchair. Jessica: Ophelia Lovibond. Cecile: Jenny Seagrove. read more

Inspector Lewis: Quality of Mercy Season 39, Episode 27

"Inspector Lewis: Quality of Mercy." Lewis and Hathaway are on the case after a talented young actor is slain with a prop knife during a student production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." The investigation also unearths information that hits Lewis close to home. read more

Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love Season 39, Episode 26

In "Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love," Lewis and Hathaway investigate the slaying of a Czech barmaid that seems to replicate a murder in a book, but the author (Tom Mison) claims ignorance of the crime. The sleuthing is aided by two clues found at the murder scene: a blood-stained note and a broken antique mirror. Alice Wishart: Cara Horgan. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Great and the Good Season 39, Episode 25

In "Inspector Lewis: The Great and the Good," the investigation of an assault on a teenage girl leads to a suspect who seemingly has a solid alibi. courtesy of three elite members of the Oxford community. Oswald Cooper: Jason Watkins. Jessamine Matthews: Emily Bruni. read more

Inspector Lewis: Life Born of Fire Season 39, Episode 24

In "Inspector Lewis: Life Born of Fire," the detective inspector investigates a possible serial killer who may be targeting members of a religious group called the Garden that claims to offer guidance to lost souls. His digging unearths the group's questionable purpose, a suspect and a connection to none other than Hathaway. Rev. King: Ian McNeice. Will McEwan: Phillip Battley. Henry McEwan: Matthew Marsh. read more

Inspector Lewis: Music to Die For Season 39, Episode 23

"Inspector Lewis: Music to Die For" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating the death of an Oxford don, which leads them to an illegal, no-rules boxing ring. The case unearths old ties to the former East Germany's secret police and a link to Lewis' mentor, Insp. Morse. Jack Roth: Bradley James. Sarah Kriel: Joanna Christie. Ann Kriel: Rachel Blake. read more

Inspector Lewis: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea Season 39, Episode 22

In "Inspector Lewis: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea," the investigation into two murders and stolen rare books leads Lewis and Hathaway to a treatment center for gambling addicts and two artists. Sandra Walters: Haydn Gwynne. Jeffreys: Ian Burfield. Jane Evans: Jeany Spark. read more

Miss Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Season 39, Episode 21

"Miss Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" finds Marple teaming with a young adventurer (Sean Biggerstaff) and a socialite (Georgia Moffett) to unravel the meaning of a dying man's last words. Sylvia Savage: Samantha Bond. read more

Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors Season 39, Episode 20

Joan Collins guest stars in "Miss Marple: They Do It With Mirrors," in which Marple investigates a murder that occurs during the rehearsal of an amateur show. Carrie Louise Serrocold: Penelope Wilton. Lewis Serrocold: Brian Cox. read more

Miss Marple: Murder Is Easy Season 39, Episode 19

In "Miss Marple: Murder Is Easy," a fellow train passenger (Sylvia Syms) confides in Marple that several recent deaths in her village were, in her opinion, murders. Marple decides to take up the case after the woman dies in what appears to be a tragic accident. Luke Fitzwilliam: Benedict Cumberbatch. Jessie Humbleby: Jemma Redgrave. George Rogers: Steven Hartley. read more

Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye Season 39, Episode 18

In "Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye," Julia McKenzie assumes the role of Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth, who investigates murders that seem to mimic the nursey rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence"---of a businessman, his wife and their maid. Lance: Rupert Graves. Elaine: Hattie Morahan. Percival: Ben Miles. read more

Poirot: Mrs. McGinty's Dead Season 39, Episode 17

In "Poirot: Mrs. McGinty's Dead," at the request of the investigating officer, the Belgian sleuth looks into the small-town case of a lodger (Joe Absolom) convicted of murdering his landlady and discovers it's not as open-and-shut as it seemed. Along the way, Poirot runs into famed crime novelist (Zoë Wanamaker). Mrs. Rendell: Amanda Root. Maude: Sarah Smart. read more

Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons Season 39, Episode 16

"Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons" finds the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot assisting in a case with international overtones: the murders of teachers at a girls' school harboring a Middle Eastern princess (Amara Karan) from anti-monarch revolutionaries. Miss Bulstrode: Harriet Walter. Insp. Kelsey: Anton Lesser. read more

Wallander: One Step Behind Season 39, Episode 15

The suspenseful "Wallander: One Step Behind" finds a sleep-deprived Wallander's eyes widened when the investigation into the Midsummer Eve's disappearance-murder of three young people is followed by the slaying of a colleague. Linda: Jeany Spark. Lillmor Norman: Samantha Best. read more

Wallander: Firewall Season 39, Episode 14

The labyrinth "Wallander: Firewall" finds the Swedish police detective (Kenneth Branagh) investigating the murder of a cabbie by two teens and the death of a computer-systems analyst. At the same time, his daughter sets him up on an Internet dating site that matches the cop with a divorced woman (Orla Brady) who encourages him to open up about his life and work. read more

Wallander: Sidetracked Season 39, Episode 13

The gritty and engrossing "Wallander: Sidetracked" stars Kenneth Branagh as Swedish crime author Henning Mankell's scruffy police detective Kurt Wallander, who investigates a 15-year-old girl's self-immolation and several ax murders targeting members of Sweden's high society, all while trying to find time for his aging father (David Warner). Linda Wallander: Jeany Spark. Anne-Britt Hoglund: Sarah Smart. Nyberg: Richard McCabe. read more

The Old Curiosity Shop Season 39, Episode 12

Charles Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop," about an orphan girl (Sophie Vavasseur) whose kind grandfather (Derek Jacobi), owner of a knickknack shop, is in debt to the unsavory loan shark-solicitor Quilp (Toby Jones) due to a gambling habit. Samson Brass: Adam Godley. Dick Swiveller: Geoff Breton. Mrs. Jarley: Zoe Wanamaker. read more

Little Dorrit Season 39, Episode 11

The conclusion of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" finds a confused Mr. Dorrit believing he's still in the Marshalsea while attending a fancy masked ball. Amy moves to England, where she moves in with Fanny and Sparkler and bumps into Arthur, whose fortune is threatened when Merdle's investment scheme collapses. read more

Little Dorrit Season 39, Episode 10

Part 4 of 5 of "Little Dorrit" finds Arthur in search of the wretched Rigaud, whom Arthur's mother is suspected of murdering. At the same time, along with Mr. Dorrit and many others, he invests in Merdle's bank. read more

Little Dorrit Season 39, Episode 9

Part 3 of 5 of "Little Dorrit." The lives of the Dorrit clan, especially William's, are dramatically changed by information uncovered by Pancks (Eddie Marsan). Meanwhile, the awful Rigaud (Andy Serkis) begins an extortion scheme against Mrs. Clennam. read more

Little Dorrit Season 39, Episode 8

Part 2 of 5 of "Little Dorrit" finds Amy receiving a marriage proposal from John Chivery (Russell Tovey), the son of the head jailer; Arthur competing for the affections of Pet Meagles (Georgia King); and Fanny leading on playboy Edmund Sparkler (Sebastian Armesto). read more

Little Dorrit Season 39, Episode 7

This well-acted, five-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" opens in 1820s England with young Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), whose father has been in a debtors' prison for 25 years, accepting a seamstress job with stern shut-in Mrs. Clennam (Judy Parfitt). The kind act, meanwhile, arouses the suspicion of the woman's son Arthur (Matthew Macfadyen), who's just returned from two decades abroad. William Dorrit: Tom Courtenay. Jeremiah Flintwitch: Alun Armstrong. read more

Oliver Twist Season 39, Episode 6

"Oliver Twist" concludes with Oliver (William Miller) cared for by Nancy (Sophie Okenedo) after he's shot during a botched burglary and unaware that his existence has sparked a fight between some who wish to save him and others who want him dead. Fagin: Timothy Spall. Sikes: Tom Hardy. Artful Dodger: Adam Arnold. read more

Oliver Twist Season 39, Episode 5

Part 1 of a two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" finds orphaned Oliver (William Miller) banished from a workhouse after asking for more food. He heads to London, where he falls in with a band of boy-thieves led by the colorful Fagin (Timothy Spall). Artful Dodger: Adam Arnold. Bill Sikes: Tom Hardy. Nancy: Sophie Okonedo. read more

Wuthering Heights Season 39, Episode 4

The conclusion of "Wuthering Heights" finds Heathcliff (Tom Hardy), after a long absence, returning as a rich man to his boyhood home. Still pained by his love for Cathy (Charlotte Riley), he seeks revenge on those he believes wronged him. Linton: Tom Payne. Catherine: Rebecca Night. Hareton: Andrew Hawley. read more

Wuthering Heights Season 39, Episode 3

Part 1 of 2. An adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic "Wuthering Heights" opens with Heathcliff (Tom Hardy), a gypsy adopted by the Earnshaw family, falling in love with his open-hearted stepsister Cathy (Charlotte Riley) while growing up even though he has a rival (Andrew Lincoln) for her affection. His relationship with stepbrother Hindley (Burn Gorman), meanwhile, is anything but pleasant, as the boy views him as a rival. Isabella: Rosalind Halstead. read more

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Season 39, Episode 2

The conclusion of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" finds Tess (Gemma Arterton) telling Angel (Eddie Redmayne) about Alec (Hans Matheson) on their wedding night, which doesn't sit well with Angel. Later, while Angel attempts to start a new life in Brazil, she works on a farm and fends off advances from Alec, who has taken a renewed interest in her after a chance meeting. read more

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Season 39, Episode 1

Part 1 of 2. The "Masterpiece Classic" season premiere features an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," about a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who learns that, though her family is poor, she's descended from aristocrats. She takes a position with a family who purchased her ancestral name, D'Urbervilles, and she is preyed upon by Alec (Hans Matheson), the libertine son, from whom she flees. Ian Puleston-Davies: John Durbeyfield. Anna Massey: Mrs. D'Urberville. read more

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