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Masterpiece Announces Fall Programs

Masterpiece contemporary Programs Feature Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and More

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Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton unveiled the series' 2011 fall season, which features all-star casts in new Masterpiece contemporary presentations and the return of a Masterpiece mystery! favorite.

In a special video interview from the PBS Annual Meeting, Eaton, a 2011 TIME "100 Most Influential People in the World" honoree and PBS "Be More" Award winner, announced that this fall Masterpiece contemporary welcomes Bill Nighy (The Lost Prince), Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon (Emma, Cranford), Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in two new programs, Page Eight and The Song of Lunch.

Spy-thriller Page Eight, by Oscar-nominee David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), features Nighy as an MI-5 officer who becomes wrapped up in an elaborate conspiracy after the death of his best friend, Benedict Baron (Gambon). Page Eight also stars Weisz as Johnny's neighbor as well as Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis.

Rickman and Thompson star in The Song of Lunch, based on Christopher Reid's poem, about a book editor and his former lover who reconnect 15 years after their original affair.

Masterpiece mystery! favorites Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox are back as Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway in four new Oxford University-based whodunits, which have them solving cases at an all-female college, investigating the poisoning of a bishop, looking into a clinical trial and examining a sinister blackmail plot. Inspector Lewis: Series IV premieres Sundays, September 4, 18, 25 and October 9, 2011.

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