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Summer 2002

A Chilling Summer Line-Up
"The nation's foremost oasis for whodunits" (The Los Angeles Times) will deliver its unique brand of murder and mayhem with a new trio of thrilling crime series returns to PBS on Monday nights at 9 p.m. To learn exactly when MYSTERY! will air on your local PBS station, customize your schedule.

July 1 - 15, 2002
A contemporary story about two child slayings separated by twenty years. Amanda Burton stars as the bereaved mother of the first victim. Paul McGann (Our Mutual Friend) plays the man convicted of that crime, now out of jail and living happily under an assumed name. She tracks him down and demands to know where he hid the body. He says he never did it. Then a new murder throws suspicion on each of them.

July 1: Episode 1
July 7: Episode 2
July 15: Episode 3

July 22 through August 12, 2002
Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
Based on the actual friendship between the budding mystery author Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Joseph Bell, his sagacious surgery professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School -- Doyle's real-life model for his immortal Sherlock Holmes, Murder Rooms II stars Charles Edwards (Bertie & Elizabeth) as young Doyle and Ian Richardson (House of Cards, Gormenghast) as venerable Dr. Bell.

July 22: The Patient's Eyes
July 29: The Photographer's Chair
August 5: The Kingdom of Bones
August 12: The White Knight Strategem

Mondays, August 19 - 26, 2002
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Great Deliverance
Introducing a new detective duo: Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker; Far From the Madding Crowd) and Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small), from the bestselling mysteries by Elizabeth George. He is suave, sophisticated, and the eighth Earl of Asherton. She is rumpled, resentful, and working class -- with a very low opinion of the highborn. Theirs is a marriage made not in heaven, but in headquarters, prompting tensions that often get in their way as they tackle a baffling decapitation on a wind-swept Yorkshire farm.

August 19: Episode 1
August 26: Episode 2

September 2 - 16, 2002
Touching Evil, Series Three (R)
One of television's most gripping ensemble cop shows returns to MYSTERY! with a new season of Touching Evil, starring Robson Green as D.I. Dave Creegan, Nicola Walker as D.I. Susan Taylor, and Shaun Dingwall as D.C. Mark Rivers -- members of London's elite Organized and Serial Crime Unit (OSC). This time out, the OSC loses one of its own to a serial killer who specializes in removing the heart from his victims (Episodes 1 and 2), and Creegan gets burned -- literally -- by a murderer who prefers fire as a means of personal expression (Episodes 3 and 4).

September 2: Episode 1
September 9: Episode 2
September 16: Episodes 3 & 4

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