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Masterpiece Mystery
Inspector Lewis, Series II: Allegory of Love
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In June, 2008, the Masterpiece mystery! season launches with The Men of Mystery!, welcoming back Inspector Lewis, while bidding a fond farewell to Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Billie Piper stars as Sally Lockhart in two adaptations of Philip Pullman's popular novels about the feisty young female sleuth.

Stage and film star Alan Cumming, one of show business's most eclectic talents, is taking on the role of host of this season of Masterpiece mystery!, making his first appearance when the series premieres on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 9pm ET on PBS Series release date: 6/22/2008

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Literary whimsy becomes murderous reality with the death of a Czech barmaid.

Young and handsome Oxford writer Dorian Crane is following in the noted fantasy footsteps of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien with his newest book. The day after Crane's book launch party, reality shatters the celebratory mood when a young Czech barmaid is found dead by the river, savagely murdered with an antique Persian mirror. Some of the grisly circumstances seem to have been lifted from Crane's fiction. But the celebrated author claims no knowledge of the crime, instead fawning over his bride-to-be and muse Alice Wishart. At the murder scene, Lewis and Hathaway find a one-word note scrawled in blood that references a place in Iraq. As a result, Lewis and Hathaway get pulled into the world of Oxford's literary elite, only to find that it harbors resentment and jealousy and at its center, holds terrible secrets beyond all imagination.

© ITV Productions 2008

A Co-Production of ITV Productions and WGBH Boston



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