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Masterpiece: 2014 Summer Schedule

Summer 2014 promises to sizzle as detectives, defense lawyers and doctors bring intriguing and stylish mysteries and drama to MASTERPIECE! David Tennant opens the MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! season with The Escape Artist, favorite sleuths Endeavour Morse and Hercule Poirot return with all new episodes, and Jack Davenport stars in the 1960s London medical drama, Breathless.


Sundays, June 15-22, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

David Tennant (Former MASTERPIECE Contemporary host, Doctor Who) stars as a brilliant defense lawyer with a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. Then he gets a trial that changes his life forever. This gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.


Sundays, June 29 to July 20, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

Before INSPECTOR MORSE, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans returns for a second season with four all-new mysteries as young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar…but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.


Sundays, July 27 to August 3, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, The Big Four and Dead Man’s Folly, based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business, Poirot exercises his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders — whether they ask for his help or not.


Sundays, August 24 to September 7, 2014. 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

In this stylish and compelling new medical drama set in London in 1961, Jack Davenport (Smash, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as a brilliant surgeon who believes he can make a difference in women’s lives.

  • Kaycee

    OKAY! Sunday evenings will once again be worth the wait! Bravo, Masterpiece, it looks like a winning line up. Poirot and Endeavor are familiar favorites and now I’m looking forward to The Escape Artist and Breathless. Legal and Medical dramas, two of my favorite genres. And since the Brits absolutely nail period pieces it will be interesting to see a medical show set in the sixties. I know they did a bang up job with Call the Midwife so August 24th can’t get here soon enough…except then the summer will be almost over. In any event, these shows will keep me riveted. Thanks PBS.

  • Bob Sellar

    I can’t understand why PBS ever invested in “Selfridges.”………….initially, and for an additional season/s…….. I used to very much look forward to Sunday night’s Masterpiece Theatre, and hope PBS will make a better selection!

    • LiamLIC

      I enjoyed Selfridges and am glad PBS invested in it. Something different for everyone. Please continue selecting a variety of offerings for Masterpiece. Thank you.

  • rose

    For PBS drives please run marathon airings of old favorite series like the original Morse series with John Thaw. Please don’t waste time with marathon sessions of self proclaimed “experts” who only want to sell their books. Rather consider enriching the new prequel series like Endeavor showing the original Morse.

  • Golden_Panda

    Am I missing something? It says that The Escape Artist is airing right now, and yet there is a Doo-wop concert on. Is the Escape Artist not airing? Even though it is promoted all over this page and I read it in The Week?

  • Muriel

    When will Thirteen run Scott & Bailey? I just moved to an area with Thirteen but no WLIW. Couldn’t agree more with the comments on showing classics like Morse during PBS drive. It’s turned into an infomercial for stale “experts” hawking books. Put programming in front of me that I want to watch, and I’ll open my wallet fast! Loved The Escape Artist. Can’t wait for more Last Tango In Halifax, Endeavor and Poirot.

  • Susan Thorndike

    What the heck? What happened to Morse. He is in jail , so when is the next episode

  • avon 4 you and me

    What is going to happen to endeavor can’t wait until next season great cliffhanger

  • JSnake

    Any plan to extend Poirot to all five episodes in this last series?

  • CM

    I agree with Rose, absolutely.

  • Marie Kalson

    Please find out why CH 21 broadcasting of Masterpiece theater is so terrible. I have been following the Father Brown series and have missed the last few showings only because of the missing audio. I called WLIW and they acknowledge a problem but still have not corrected it.

  • perlasart

    I agree. PBS should be showing us Murder Mystery series during their fund drive. I end up not watching PBS during these times because my favorite programs are pre-empted by shows I don’t really care about.

  • Kaycee

    Just finished watching the third episode of Breathless. I would be interested to know what everyone else thought. Acting was great, period look spot on, medical accuracy laughable, treatment of women/nurses significantly more outrageous than what was going on in the US at the time (I was a nurse then) and the script was just this side of totally unbelievable. I stuck with it for three episodes because I love Masterpiece but it was so far fetched as to be laughable. Any other thoughts?

  • Kaycee

    I just read my hopeful post from four months ago and must say that I am so disappointed in this last offering. The ones that went before were top notch but this “medical” based one, to which I looked forward with such anticipation fell flat. Darn!

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