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Thursday Night Mysteries!
DCI Banks - Thursdays at 9:00pm
Based on the bestselling novels by Peter Robinson, DCI Banks is a gritty detective series that stars Stephen Tompkinson as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks; Andrea Lowe as the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot.
May 2 – “Strange Affair”
When DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy, he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim.
May 9 – “Dry Bones that Dream”
DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities while trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life.
May 16 – “Innocent Graves”
When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled, Banks and his team quickly identify their prime suspect. But the closer Banks seemingly moves towards a conviction, the more the course of the investigation distances him from Helen.
Masterpiece Mystery! - Thursdays at 10:30pm
May 2 – “Wallander: The Man who Smiled”
An old friend contacts Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) with the belief that his father has been murdered, but subsequent events convince Wallander that there might be more to the case.
May 9 – “Wallander: The Fifth Woman”
Two seemingly unconnected cases leads Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) to believe he is on the trail of a serial killer bent on revenge.
May 16 – “Poirot XI: Three Act Tragedy”
Poirot (David Suchet) visits his friend Sir Charles Cartwright (Martin Shaw, “Cranford”), who hosts a cocktail party at his home where a local reverend chokes to death. Murder seems impossible, but when a second guest dies under similar circumstances, the Belgian sleuth investigates further. Art Malik (“Upstairs Downstairs”) and Kate Ashfield (“Collision”) co-star.
Thursdays at 9:00pm
May 23 – “Sherlock: A study in Pink”
When an unidentified woman, dressed all in pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) must use the science of deduction to catch the killer. Martin Freeman also stars as John Watson.
May 30 – “Sherlock: The Blind Banker”
When a banker is found dead inside his locked apartment, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) follow the clues that lead to an underground crime gang. But who is the leader pulling the strings?
Masterpiece Classic: Return to Cranford
Thursdays May 23 & 30 at 10:30pm
Change is racing towards the small, close-knit village of Cranford like a steam train — quite literally. As the railroad continues to encroach on the town, Cranford strives to open to new realities, from surprising romances to unexpected losses and even waltzing! Matty Jenkyns (Judi Dench), Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), Mrs. Forrester (Julia McKenzie) and Mrs. Jamieson (Barbara Flynn) are back with other distinguished residents of Cranford. Based on the stories of Victorian-era writer Elizabeth Gaskell, “Return to Cranford” also features Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Tim Curry.
Live from Lincoln Center - Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
Friday, May 24 at 9:00pm
Join five-time Tony Award-winner and series host Audra McDonald as she takes a turn as the featured performer, singing songs from her new album and other favorites in a special spring concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Ellen Degeneres: The Mark Twain Prize
Friday, May 31 at 9:00pm
This special celebrates beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 15th recipient of the humor prize.
Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour
Friday, May 31 at 10:00pm
Embark on a voyage through architect Michael Graves’ career and the influences that shaped him, from his early days studying in Rome to the life-altering events of 2003 — events that changed his personal perspective and brought about a new kind of professional achievement. Geoffrey Baer hosts.