Thursday, January 27, 2011

New on 1/19/11:

A notorious group of criminals continue to baffle police by pulling off one perfectly executed bank robbery after another. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind, and laying low between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case.

All of the following are Masterpiece Theatre presentations:

Bertie & Elizabeth
James Wilby and Juliet Aubrey portray the reluctant royals who became king and queen of England when Edward VIII gave up the throne for the woman he loved.

Certain Justice
Explores the true meaning of justice when a brilliant, but widely unpopular, defense attorney is found stabbed to death, a barrister's wig on her head, and her body drenched in blood that is not her own.

God on Trial
Following the harrowing ritual of selection for death or hard labor, a group of new inmates unsure of their appointed fates begins asking how God could allow for so much suffering. Impulsively, the men decide to put God on trial for abandoning His chosen people. Amid the outside sounds of prisoners being marched to the gas chamber, the trial unfolds. They group address the question: How can there be evil in a universe ruled by an all-powerful, benevolent God?

Goodnight Mister Tom
As Britain stands on the brink of WWII, Tom Oakley, a cantankerous old man living a solitary life in a small village becomes the guardian of an 11-year-old evacuee of London. The two develop a bond of friendship that gives them both new hopes.

Northanger Abbey
Romance novel addict Catherine Morland is taken to Bath, England by the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Allen and introduced to Georgian society. She meets the social-climbing Isabella and John Thorpe. She also meets the handsome Henry Tilney and his elegant sister, Eleanor. After making an impression on Henry and Eleanor's father, the Tilneys invite her to their country mansion, Northanger Abbey. Catherine falls in love with Henry but soon realizes that love can be fickle and that money is a more important consideration in the marriage business than love alone.

A timid young girl marries a troubled widower only to find her new home is haunted by the memory of Rebecca, the first wife.

Small Island
This series explores the lives of two couples, one Jamaican and the other English, whose worlds intertwine in post-World War II Britain, at a turning point in the long relationship between the two countries. It is a story of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers.

Woman in White
A sane woman is locked up in an asylum by a fraudulent English aristocrat who is afraid she may expose his 'secret.' Escaping while wearing a white gown, she runs into a youthful hero who becomes haunted by his brief meeting with this 'woman in white.' This is based on the book by Wilkie Collins.

Heat of the Sun. Private Lives ; Hide in Plain Sight ; Sport of Kings
There are plenty of reasons to praise PBS' long-standing "Mystery!" series, and now lovers of whodunits can be thankful for "Heat of the Sun," a five-part, six-hour mini …. Like so many of "Mystery!'s" best efforts, "Heat" revolves around a rumpled detective -- in this case, Superintendent Albert Tyburn (Trevor Eve). But though "Heat's" action occurs in the 1930s -- a familiar period for this genre -- the series' setting is something altogether new. Instead of foggy London, Tyburn solves cases in Kenya.

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