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Masterpiece Mystery; Ruby In The Smoke, The

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Masterpiece Mystery
Ruby In The Smoke, The
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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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Scrappy teen Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) has a mind for numbers and for sleuthing. In Phillip Pullman's quartet of novels, she is put through the paces of Victorian melodrama and mystery. In this vivid adaptation of the first book in the quartet, The Ruby in the Smoke, the orphan Sally Lockhart, armed with a pearl handled pistol and her keen mind, uncovers the secrets of her father's death, discovers hidden cursed jewels and faces England's deadliest villains with bold courage. Sally's friends, the street-smart Jim and the besotted Frederick, help her expose the truth - no matter how dangerous. Sally navigates through the constantly twisting plots with the savvy dexterity of a sharp-eyed detective.

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