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Masterpiece Season 40 episodes

Framed Season 40, Episode 44

"Framed" is about the move of the National Gallery's art collection to a Wales mine for safekeeping (a la WWII) due to a plumbing disaster. Trevor Eve stars as a stodgy curator whose world is upended by a local teacher (Eve Myles) whose idea of art differs from his. At the same time, he forms an attachment to a young boy (Sam Davies) whose financially distressed family has fallen on even harder times since his father left. Adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce from his popular children's book. read more

Lennon Naked Season 40, Episode 33

Christopher Eccleston is terrific in the title role of "Lennon Naked," which charts John Lennon's transition from moptop to rock icon in the late 1960s. It explores his relationship with his father (Christopher Fairbank), who abandoned him when he was 6 only to reenter his life in 1964; his failing relationship with first wife Cynthia; his relationship with Yoko; and his therapy with primal scream-originator Arthur Janov, which inspired his classic "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" 1970 album. read more

Sherlock: The Great Game Season 40, Episode 32

"Sherlock: The Great Game" finds Holmes challenged by a deranged bomber who straps his devices onto innocent people, before having them call the detective with a series of difficult mysteries to solve before he frees them, including a 20-year-old murder and a case involving a lost painting worth millions of pounds. read more

Sherlock: The Blind Banker Season 40, Episode 31

In "Sherlock: The Blind Banker," Holmes and Watson investigate a bank break-in that resulted in nothing stolen, but strange graffiti left behind. The case leads to the discovery of a dead banker inside his locked flat that the police, though not Holmes, suspect was a suicide. In other matters, Watson applies for a part-time job and goes on a date, though---thanks to Holmes---the evening doesn't go as planned. read more

Sherlock: A Study in Pink Season 40, Episode 30

The witty "Sherlock: A Study in Pink" reimagines the Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth as a "high-functioning sociopath" (Benedict Cumberbatch) in modern-day London who draws potential flatmate Watson (Martin Freeman), an Afghanistan War vet, into his orbit when they're paired together as potential flatmates by a mutual acquaintance. The pair's first case: suicides that stump Insp. Lestrade (Rupert Graves). Watson also meets a mysterious man who calls himself Sherlock's "arch-enemy." read more

Wallander: The Fifth Woman Season 40, Episode 29

The suspenseful "Wallander: The Fifth Woman" finds the Swedish cop investigating a possible serial killer, whose brutal murders of older men amount to "public executions," while facing the barren landscape that's become his life. As his faltering father tells him, "you don't look at the world, you just drive straight through it." The point's further driven home during an unexpected reunion with his ex-wife and the case itself; even the victims, who bullied women, weren't as alone as he is. read more

Wallander: The Man Who Smiled Season 40, Episode 28

The rewarding "Wallander: The Man Who Smiled" finds the cop on leave and battling a major depression in the aftermath of having killed a man, and investigating the circumstances surrounding a friend's father's death, a request he initially rebuffed but, after his friend's apparent suicide, feels compelled to complete. The case leads to a philanthropist (Rupert Graves) and two persons trying to blackmail him, and unfolds at a languid pace that mirrors the lifting of Wallander's depression. read more

Wallander: Faceless Killers Season 40, Episode 27

The taut "Wallander: Faceless Killers" finds the weary Swedish cop(Kenneth Branagh) with his hands full: his dad is slipping further into dementia, he has mixed feelings about his daughter's Syrian beau, and he's working the slaying of an elderly couple at their isolated home. To make matters worse, the dying woman's last utterance has been leaked to the press as "foreign" (though she may well have said "farm"), leading to vigilante reprisals against migrant workers. read more

Inspector Lewis: Falling Darkness Season 40, Episode 26

"Inspector Lewis: Falling Darkness" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating several murders that share a curious connection: their pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman). Rupert Graves guest stars. read more

Inspector Lewis: Your Sudden Death Question Season 40, Episode 25

"Inspector Lewis: Your Sudden Death Question" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating the slaying of a quiz-competition contestant on the Oxford campus during the August bank holiday weekend. read more

Inspector Lewis: Dark Matter Season 40, Episode 24

"Inspector Lewis: Dark Matter," in which Lewis and Hathaway investigate the slaying of the Gresham College master, an astronomy buff whose body was found near the university's observatory. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Dead of Winter Season 40, Episode 23

In "Inspector Lewis: The Dead of Winter," the investigation into a murder that occurred on a tour bus leads Lewis and Hathaway to a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway lived as a child. Nathaniel Parker ("Inspector Lynley Mysteries") guest stars as a house guest with close ties to the estate owner's wife. read more

Inspector Lewis: Counter Culture Blues Season 40, Episode 22

"Inspector Lewis: Counter Culture Blues," in which Lewis---while on a disturbance call---discovers that a rock star (Joanna Lumley) believed to have died decades before is alive, plotting a comeback and possibly connected to the murder of a teenage boy whose body was found by a railway track. read more

Poirot: Appointment With Death Season 40, Episode 20

"Poirot: Appointment With Death" finds Hercule Poirot in the Middle East for an archaeological excursion with Lord Boynton (Tim Curry), whose rich, overbearing wife (Cheryl Campbell) is soon found stabbed to death. Suspects abound, from the three adoptive children she bullied, their prospective suitors and possibly, according to travel writer Dame Celia Westholme (Elizabeth McGovern), white slavers. read more

Poirot: The Third Girl Season 40, Episode 19

"Poirot: The Third Girl," in which Poirot investigates the blood-soaked death of a former nanny. A troubled young heiress (Jemima Rooper) claims responsibility for the deed, but the sleuth doubts her guilt. Crime novelist and old friend Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker) lends a hand in the case, which finds Poirot setting a trap in hopes of solving the mystery. read more

Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express Season 40, Episode 18

Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express," in which a London-bound Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) investigates the death of an American businessman (Toby Jones)---who'd asked him for protection---on a train that's stuck in a snowdrift. He's aided in the investigation by an amateur sleuth (Samuel West) and the railway director (Serge Hazanavicius). read more

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium Season 40, Episode 17

"Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium," about the murder of wealthy Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) in the village of Little Ambrose, where Marple's visiting old friend Rev. Milewater (David Calder), shortly after the unexplained death of a young man whom Marple had met on the bus ride to the town. read more

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Secret of Chimneys Season 40, Episode 16

"Miss Marple: The Secret of Chimneys," in which a weekend party hosted by Lord Caterham (Edward Fox) and attended by Marple (Julia McKenzie) leads to intrigue after one of the guests, Austrian count Ludwig Von Stainach (Anthony Higgins), goes missing. Complicating matters: The search reveals a decades-old murder that may be linked to the theft of a rare diamond. read more

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side Season 40, Episode 15

"Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side," in which Marple and Hewitt are on the case after a woman dies from a poisoned daiquiri at a benefit hosted by a star actress (Lindsay Duncan) and her director-husband (Nigel Harman), who've just moved to St. Mary Mead from Hollywood. read more

Foyle's War: The Hide Season 40, Episode 14

"Foyle's War: The Hide" finds the newly retired Foyle involving himself in the case of a local man who's been condemned to death for collaborating with the Nazis during the war. In other events, Sam and Adam learn that they make an excellent team while working to save their rooming house. read more

Foyle's War: Killing Time Season 40, Episode 13

In "Foyle's War: Killing Time," tension results when black U.S. soldiers waiting to be sent home aren't welcomed by the locals. Complicating matters: a mixed-race baby raised by its English mother---and a brutal murder. read more

Foyle's War: The Russian House Season 40, Episode 12

Set in the aftermath of VE Day, "Foyle's War: The Russian House" finds the veteran police officer ready to retire but unable to do so because of a crime wave. Complicating matters even more: Foyle's assigned to catch an escaped Russian POW whose reason for fleeing becomes abundantly clear. read more

Small Island Season 40, Episode 11

The conclusion of the affecting "Small Island" picks up after WWII with Gilbert involved in a racist run-in and Hortense dealt a setback to her aspirations. Queenie, meanwhile, hides her pregnancy from everyone, including Bernard, who returns after a long absence wanting to evict the boarders. In other events, Hortense struggles with learning how to cook and to prepare British cuisine, and slowly begins to realize that there's more to Gilbert than she thought. read more

Small Island Season 40, Episode 10

Part 1 of a well-acted, two-part adaptation of Andrea Levy's "Small Island," about Jamaicans and Londoners during and after WWII. The drama opens in 1948 with the proud Hortense (Naomie Harris) arriving in London from her native Jamaica to find it nothing like she imagined, then flashes back to what led her to the present moment, including her marriage to a fellow Jamaican (David Oyelowo). Ruth Wilson costars as their landlady Queenie, who married for convenience, not love. read more

The Diary of Anne Frank Season 40, Episode 9

The powerful "The Diary of Anne Frank" dramatizes the two years that the Jewish teenager, her family and four others hid in a secret annex above her father's office in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Ellie Kendrick is mesmerizing as the intense, headstrong teen, who copes with confinement by chronicling daily life in her diary. The strong cast also features Iain Glen as her optimistic father, Tasmin Greig as her mother, with whom Anne often disagrees, and Felicity Jones as her reserved sister Margot. read more

Sharpe's Peril Season 40, Episode 8

In "Sharpe's Peril," the British lieutenant colonel and buddy Harper undertake what they think will be a simple mission in India: escorting the fiancée (Beatrice Rosen) of a major (Pascal Langdale). It's not to be, of course, as bandits attack them, forcing them to make an alliance with a rag-tag group that's led by a boy-soldier (Luke Ward Wilkinson). Barabbas Hakeswill: Amit Behl. read more

Sharpe's Challenge Season 40, Episode 7

"Sharpe's Challenge" finds the retired soldier Sharpe (Sean Bean) returning to action in order to rescue old pal Harper (Daragh O'Malley), who went missing while investigating a rebellious maharaja (Karan Panthaky) in India. Soon, Sharpe discovers that the rebellion is being stoked by the previous maharaja's consort (Padma Lakshmi) and a rogue British officer (Toby Stephens), who's complicated matters even further by holding the general's daughter (Lucy Brown) captive. read more

The 39 Steps Season 40, Episode 6

A suspenseful adaptation of John Buchan's thriller "The 39 Steps," about former intelligence officer Richard Hannay (Rupert Penry-Jones), who's pursued by the police for a murder he didn't commit and German agents in the weeks leading up to WWI. After a secret agent (Eddie Marsan) hands him a coded notebook, Hannay is targeted by friends and foe alike, but finds an ally in suffragette Victoria Sinclair (Lydia Leonard), who soon joins him on the run. read more

Emma Season 40, Episode 5

The conclusion of "Emma" finds Emma and friends enjoying a picnic on Box Hill, but the outing turns cold when Mr. Knightley scolds her for insulting Miss Bates. Later, she faces up to a deceit by Frank Churchill and realizes whom she really loves, but fears she's lost him through her behavior. Of course, she hasn't. A marriage offer is in the offing, but her aging father, who doesn't wish to be left alone, isn't so sure he can abide by the arrangement. read more

Emma Season 40, Episode 4

Part 2 of 3 of "Emma" finds Emma attracted to the dashing Frank Churchill (Rupert Evans). Mr. Knightley, meanwhile, may be courting Jane Fairfax, who received a piano from a mysterious benefactor. read more

Emma Season 40, Episode 3

Part 1 of 3. A handsome production of Jane Austen's "Emma," starring Romola Garai as the somewhat clueless title character, who sets out to make a quality match for a pretty orphan (Louise Dylan). Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller) has his doubts, however. read more

Return to Cranford Season 40, Episode 2

The conclusion of "Return to Cranford" features embezzlement and a train chase, as well as a possible romance between Peggy (Jodie Whittaker) and an aspiring engineer (Tom Hiddleston). In other events, visiting aristocrat Lady Glenmire (Celia Imrie) may not receive a warm welcome from the local ladies. read more

Return to Cranford Season 40, Episode 1

Part 1 of 2. "Return to Cranford," the "Masterpiece Classic" season premiere, features the further adventures of "Cranford" characters, including Miss Matty (Judi Dench), who finds herself in a confrontation with the railroad. In other events, Lady Ludlow (Francesca Annis) welcomes home her son Septimus (Rory Kinnear), who turns Cranford upside down. read more

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