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Masterpiece Season 41 episodes

The Song of Lunch Season 41, Episode 29

An adaption of Christopher Reid's "Song of Lunch" narrative poem, about a publishing house copy editor (Alan Rickman) who reunites with a former lover (Emma Thompson) for lunch 15 years after she left him for a successful author. read more

Page Eight Season 41, Episode 28

David Hare wrote and directed "Page Eight," about an aging MI5 intelligence analyst (Bill Nighy) who discovers information about a possible international scandal in a top-secret file that his best friend and boss (Michael Gambon) shares with him. At the same time, his suspicions are aroused by a beautiful neighbor (Rachel Weisz) and the over-eager would-be suitor (Tom Hughes) pursuing her; and struggles to repair his relationship with his daughter (Felicity Jones). read more

Case Histories Season 41, Episode 27

Adapted from Kate Atkinson's "When Will There Be Good News?," this episode of "Case Histories" finds Scottish P.I. Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) acquiring a teen partner (Gwyneth Keyworth) who wants him to find her missing employer in exchange for having saved his life after he's involved in a train wreck. In other events, Marcus is drawn into an infidelity case that Brodie's been trying to shake; and, while recouping in the hospital from his injuries, Brodie blurts a startling truth to Louise. read more

Case Histories Season 41, Episode 26

The second "Case Histories" finds Jackson the lone witness to a possible drowning in the Firth of Forth, but has little to go on beyond the victim's earrings. In other events, a crime novelist (Adam Godley) intervenes in a case of road rage; a comatose crook's wife and dominatrix unexpectedly bond; and Jackson isn't sure he'll sign the necessary papers so that his daughter can move to New Zealand with her mother. Adapted from Kate Atkinson's "One Good Turn." read more

Case Histories Season 41, Episode 25

The first of three engrossing "Case Histories" adapted from the popular Kate Atkinson novels finds Edinburgh, Scotland, private investigator Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) looking into a 30-year-old missing-persons case; investigating the murder of a young woman; and locating the niece of a seductress. A stellar soundtrack of Americana music accents the mystery. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Gift of Promise Season 41, Episode 24

In "Inspector Lewis: The Gift of Promise," Lewis and Fox investigate a brutal bludgeoning that, at first blush, appears to be a simple blackmail plot gone bad. Upon closer inspection, however, the case may be something far more dark and sinister. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Mind Has Mountains Season 41, Episode 23

"Inspector Lewis: The Mind Has Mountains" finds Lewis and Hathaway attempting to determine whether the death of a college student is connected to her participation in a clinical drug study. read more

Inspector Lewis: Wild Justice Season 41, Episode 22

In "Inspector Lewis: Wild Justice," Lewis and Hathaway investigate the poisoning at a religious college of an American female bishop, whom they suspect was slain for her progressive views. Their hunch is upended, however, when two additional murders follow, forcing them to develop a new theory for the case. read more

Inspector Lewis: Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things Season 41, Episode 21

"Inspector Lewis: Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating a murder that occurred during a reunion at an all-female Oxford college. Complicating matters: It may be linked to a similar, decade-old incident that also occurred at the college and was also investigated by Lewis. read more

Zen: Ratking Season 41, Episode 20

In "Ratking," Zen is assigned to the kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist and political party funder whom the Ministry of Justice wants returned alive at any cost. In other events, Zen's burgeoning affair with Tania is threatened by their new boss, who's a stickler for regulations, including the one against workplace romances. read more

Zen: Cabal Season 41, Episode 19

"Cabal." Zen investigates the death of a disgraced aristocrat who either jumped off a bridge or was pushed---possibly because of his plan to reveal the existence of a shadowy organization called the Cabal---while balancing the demands of superiors. A Justice Ministry official wants a suicide ruling, but a female prosecutor believes it should be classified a murder. At the same time, Zen deals with the prosecutor's advances and, like Tania, has difficulties putting his failed marriage to rest. read more

Zen: Vendetta Season 41, Episode 18

In "Vendetta," suave Italian police detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) reinvestigates a closed murder case. His boss insists that he confirm the original outcome while a justice official orders him---for political reasons---to reach another conclusion. Meanwhile, a psychopathic killer has targeted him for daring to send him to jail years earlier; and he finds himself attracted to the chief's married assistant (Caterina Murino). read more

Miss Marple: The Pale Horse Season 41, Episode 17

In "The Pale Horse," Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) investigates the brutal murder of an old friend. The case leads her to an inn that houses an odd assortment of staff and guests, including a proprietor (Pauline Collins) who claims to use black magic. read more

Poirot: Hallowe'en Party Season 41, Episode 16

In "Hallowe'en Party," Poirot and Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker) investigate the drowning death of a girl at a Halloween party who had claimed to have witnessed a murder years earlier. read more

Poirot: The Clocks Season 41, Episode 15

In "The Clocks," Poirot assists a Royal Navy lieutenant Colin Race (Tom Burke) with a murder investigation in which Race, whose fiancée was recently slain, and the suspect (Jaime Winstone) are growing increasingly close. The case presents a puzzle for Poirot, as four clocks in the room where the body was found are frozen on the same time (4:13), the victim has yet to be identified and possible witnesses deny seeing anything. read more

Poirot: Three Act Tragedy Season 41, Episode 14

"Three Act Tragedy." Hercule Poirot attends the party of a friend (Martin Shaw) where a guest dies an apparent natural death. His suspicion is raised weeks later, however, when an affair attended by many of the same guests is marred by a similar death. read more

South Riding Season 41, Episode 13

The conclusion of "South Riding" finds Robert facing difficulties due to his stand against political corruption. Sarah, meanwhile, faces a crisis of her own. read more

South Riding Season 41, Episode 12

Part 2 of 3 of "South Riding" finds Robert in danger of losing his estate due to family medical bills. As a result, he heads to Manchester in hopes of finding work; and, while there, runs into Sarah. read more

South Riding Season 41, Episode 11

Part 1 of a three-part adaptation of Winifred Holtby's 1936 novel "South Riding," about a teacher (Anna Maxwell Martin) who returns home to Yorkshire to apply for the headmistress position at a girls' school; and butts heads with a landowner (David Morrissey), who dislikes her social agenda and pacifist views. read more

Upstairs Downstairs Season 41, Episode 10

The "Upstairs Downstairs" conclusion finds Hallam thrust into a national crisis when the Duke of Kent asks for his help; and making a shocking discovery about his past. Meanwhile, Agnes fears the arrival of her baby; Persie toys with fascism; and the servants fret about the silent Lotte. read more

Upstairs Downstairs Season 41, Episode 9

Part 2 of 3 of "Upstairs Downstairs" finds Hallam's diplomatic skills tested by Lady Agnes and Maud, whose relationship has yet to thaw. Meanwhile, a Jewish-German refugee (Helen Bradbury) is hired as a maid; and Lady Persie falls under the sway of a British fascist politician. read more

Upstairs Downstairs Season 41, Episode 8

Part 1 of 3. The continuation of "Upstairs Downstairs" begins in 1936, six years after the classic 1970s' series left off, with Sir Hallam and Agnes Holland (Ed Stoppard, Keeley Hawes) moving into the Bellamy family's former residence, 165 Eaton Place. To staff the house, Agnes turns to a domestic employment agency run by Rose Buck (original series star Jean Marsh), who worked for the family as a parlor maid. The new staff is put to the test during a party that could end Hallam's career. read more

Any Human Heart (Episode 3) Season 41, Episode 7

The involving "Any Human Heart" concludes with Logan back in London, low on cash and subsisting on a diet that includes dog food. All is not lost, however: He applies for a job with a hospital lobby group that, it turns out, is actually a terrorist cell. He also reunites with Gloria (Kim Cattrall) and inherits a villa in the French countryside, where he eventually moves. While there, he makes a new friend (Valerie Kaprisky) and sorts through his memories while trying to write a new novel. read more

Any Human Heart (Episode 2) Season 41, Episode 6

Part 2 of 3 of "Any Human Heart" finds Logan happy in his marriage to Freya; and, after WWII begins, recruited by old friend Ian Fleming (Tobias Menzies) to Naval Intelligence, where his duties include spying on the duke and duchess of Windsor (Tom Hollander, Gillian Anderson) and parachuting into Switzerland. Returning from the war, he faces a personal tragedy; and, 10 years hence, finds himself working at an NYC art gallery, remarried, drinking too much and seeing a shrink (Richard Schiff). read more

Any Human Heart (Episode 1) Season 41, Episode 5

Part 1 of 3 of the absorbing "Any Human Heart," adapted by William Boyd from his 2002 novel, about the eventful life of writer, lover, art dealer and spy Logan Mountstuart (played, at various ages, by Sam Claflin, Matthew Macfadyen and Jim Broadbent). Part 1 opens with the elderly Logan sifting through memories, beginning in the 1920s, when he pursued literature and the ladies at Oxford. In time, he achieves success as a novelist, travels abroad and is befriended by Hemingway (Julien Ovenden). read more

Downton Abbey, Episode 4 Season 41, Episode 4

The conclusion of "Downton Abbey" finds a surprising possible heir alternative to Matthew coming to the fore; Sybil's secret political life causing her harm; Anna investigating Mr. Bates' past while in London with Mrs. Patmore, who needs eye surgery; Mary meddling with Edith's romantic plans; and Thomas planning his exit strategy. read more

Downton Abbey, Episode 3 Season 41, Episode 3

Part 3 of 4 of "Downton Abbey." The rivalry between Mary and Edith reaches a fever pitch. In other events, Thomas and O'Brien plot against Mr. Bates while Anna's fondness for him grows; and Lady Violet's long winning streak at the annual flower show is threatened. read more

Downton Abbey, Episode 2 Season 41, Episode 2

Part 2 of 4 of "Downton Abbey" finds Mary entertaining three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat. In other events, much to his dismay, the former life of Mr. Carson is revealed; Mr. Bates risks his health in order to keep his post of valet; and the maid Gwen's aspirations for a profession beyond service become known. read more

Downton Abbey, Episode 1 Season 41, Episode 1

The "Masterpiece" season premiere features the engrossing "Downton Abbey," a four-part drama that begins in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic punctures the succession plans of Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), the father of three daughters, and inspires his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and mother (Maggie Smith) to push him to separate his title from his estate, which are legally entailed to pass only to a man. The search settles on a young solicitor (Dan Stevens) unaccustomed to tawny trappings. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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