The best British mysteries, hosted by Alan Cumming.
Foyle's War, Series VIII The Eternity Ring (#4326() Duration: 1:59:16 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
It's 1946, and in the brewing Cold War climate of post-war Britain, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence, and security as the Iron Curtain descends and MI5 comes knocking. When Christopher Foyle returns from America, MI5, suspicious that British atomic research has been infiltrated, asks Foyle to investigate whether a Russian spy network could be at work in the heart of London. In signing on, he's reunited with the now-married Sam who is working for a scientist involved in the development of the atom bomb.
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Poirot Season 12, The Big Four (#4426H) Duration: 1:23:11 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries based on novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he's on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.
This episode: Adapted by Mark Gatiss, "The Big Four" plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster, and Poirot must navigate international figures and intrigue to identify the culprit, with the help of old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.
Grantchester, Part 6 (#4556H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TV14-V (Secondary audio: DVI)
James Norton (Belle) stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. Chambers turns to gruff, down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green, "Reckless") for help, and the two become crime-solving partners and friends in the hamlet of Grantchester.
Poirot Season 12, Dead Man's Folly (#4427H) Duration: 1:23:11 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
David Suchet ("Henry VIII," "The Way We Live Now") 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 near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not. A wealthy financier and his wife stage a grand party at their new summer home. Poirot (David Suchet) is a reluctant guest, urged to attend by his old friend Ariadne Oliver (Zo? Wanamaker), who suspects the "murder hunt" game she is preparing may turn out to be a real murder.
Wallander, Series III - An Event In Autumn (#4216H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14-V (Secondary audio: DVI)
A pregnant woman leaps to her death from the side of a ferry. Or was she pushed? The routine case barely disturbs Wallander's newly blissful life with Vanja (Saskia Reeves, "Page Eight"). But the happy couple discovers the decade-old corpse of a murdered woman on their property. With Wallander's work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled. On top of it, tragedy strikes one of his colleagues and Wallander blames himself - with good reason.
Wallander, Series III - The Dogs of Riga (#4217H) Duration: 1:49:17 STEREO TVPG-14 (Secondary audio: DVI)
A raft adrift in Swedish waters holds a grisly cargo: two dead Latvians who have been horribly tortured. Arriving to investigate from Riga, Latvia's capital, is an enigmatic police major. He reports back to headquarters and then disappears. After learning of the major's death, Wallander goes to Riga and meets his widow, Kristina (Rebekah Staton, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"). Together, they become embroiled in a desperate search for files that may document high-level corruption that threatens to make Wallander and Kristina the next torture victims - and corpses.
Wallander, Series III - Before The Frost (#4218H) Duration: 1:26:46 STEREO TV14-V (Secondary audio: DVI)
An escapee from a psychiatric hospital sets fire to a flock of geese and then incinerates a passing hiker. And he's far from finished. While investigating, Wallander is unexpectedly visited by Anna, an old friend of his estranged daughter, Linda (Jeany Spark, "Sherlock"). Then Anna disappears. As more arson attacks occur, it appears that Anna may be connected and that Wallander must reconcile with Linda and join forces to find Anna at all costs. Father-daughter concord is hardly helped by Linda's memory that her dad once had an affair with Anna's mother.
Zen: Vendetta (#4118H) Duration: 1:24:40 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. The episodes are based on the bestselling novels by Michael Dibdin. Vendetta A killer is on a vendetta-fuelled rampage against those who wrongly imprisoned him, including a cop who had almost nothing to do with it: Aurelio Zen. Can Zen juggle staying alive, investigating a politically-charged murder, and courting his new officemate, Tania, at the same time? Cabal A disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful-and beautiful-prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer. Ratking When a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped, Zen is asked to get the hostage back alive at any cost. Meanwhile, his tyrannical new boss jeopardizes Zen's burgeoning affair with Tania.