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This Week on WETA UK: August 25-31

Monday at 6pm watch Ashes to Ashes episode 1. Swapping the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro, DCI Gene Hunt rolls up his sleeves and embraces the Eighties in the sequel to the critically acclaimed series Life on Mars.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Rumpole of the Bailey begins season 7. Alleged Satanists enlist Rumpole's help after their daughter is placed in a social worker's care, while dance-shy Hilda frets over an upcoming ball and her birthday.

Wednesday at 12:30pm My Family restarts from episode 1! This show is a domestic sitcom following the fortunes of Ben and Susan Harper and their children, starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker.

Thursday at 1pm MI-5 begins from episode one titled: “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. An MI5 source passes on information that 20 bombs have gone astray between Ireland and the UK. Within minutes a car bomb explodes, instantly killing a female doctor and fatally injuring her daughter as they set off on the school run. On discovering the doctor and her husband are family planning doctors, MI5 begin looking at the possibility of a pro-life terrorist.

Friday at 10:30pm watch season 3 episode 1 of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: “The Empty Hearse”. Sherlock is not dead: this much we know. But how did he survive his leap off the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital? There are many theories, but none of them matter to John Watson, who is less concerned with how his friend survived than with why his friend didn’t let him know he was alive. His brother Mycroft warns that John has moved on with his life is true, will Sherlock have to accept a new reality and a new partner?

Saturday at 6:30pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. In “The Holly Bears a Prickle” Doc Martin and Louisa are finally going on their first date. However, in typical fashion, the clumsy doctor manages to ruin the moment with an inappropriate remark. Then in “Nowt So Queer” Portwenn is buzzing with the news of the engagement of Dr. Martin Ellingham and Headmistress Louisa Glasson and mushrooms are the cause of an outbreak of aspergillosis in the village.

Sunday from 4pm-6pm watch the two-part Foyle’s War mystery “Invasion”. American GIs arrive in Hastings to a mixed welcome and Foyle is called on to calm the locals. But his attempts at soothing relations are jeopardized when a barmaid's involvement with a visiting soldier leads to murder, leaving the detective to defy orders to keep the peace and solve the case.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 18-24

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Ratking. Zen's boss Moscati has been replaced by the stern Ernesto Heuber who loathes Zen. The head of the powerful Miletti family has been kidnapped and the family's lawyer, Francesco Pirotta, was murdered when paying the ransom. Because paying ransom is illegal in Italy, the Ministry wants the kidnapping and the ransom kept secret.

Tuesday at 8pm on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries “Death Comes Knocking” Phyrne's Aunt Prudence is caught up in the new spiritualist craze and recruits a famed psychic to contact her dead godson.

Wednesday 1pm-5pm catch your favorite contemporary British crime dramas MI-5 (1pm), New Tricks (2pm), Waking the Dead (3pm), Hustle (4pm). You can watch these programs any weekday at the same time.

Thursday at 9pm don’t miss Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs, Downstairs season 2 “The Love That Pays the Price”. A formal party is planned at 165 Eaton Place where Sir Hallam Holland receives an unexpected and serious offer – one that could significantly alter life for everyone at Eaton Place. Also, Mrs. Thackeray, the cook, has reconnected with family, opening up the prospect for a different life

Friday at 10:30pm season 2 of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock concludes with the episode “The Reichenbach Fall”. The media love Sherlock Holmes and his friend John Watson. Meanwhile, Sherlock's arch-nemesis, the criminal mastermind Moriarty, emerges from the shadows and into the spotlight with a menacing vow and a cat-and-mouse game conceived entirely for the object of his obsession.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 continues. The community prepares for the annual summer fête, which is slated to feature a baby show with a celebrity judge. Also, Jenny meets an impoverished mother of eight who fears that she may soon have another mouth to feed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 1 kicks off. When DI Alex Drake is shot and lands in 1981, she comes face-to-face with DCI Gene Hunt, the relic of old-fashioned policing she read about in Sam Tyler’s reports. Alex thinks she is in a coma and needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008. She is confident she knows the rules of the game, but with no contact from the outside world Alex has to contend with a terrifying possibility.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 11-17

Monday at 8pm Pie in the Sky begins season 3 with “Money Talks”. Henry is leading a stake-out of a pizza parlor whose delivery drivers are suspected of robbing customers though Fisher doubts its cost effectiveness.

Tuesday at 11:30pm Hustle begins season 5. After a close brush with the law in Australia, Mickey returns to a changed London to sting a new breed of avaricious marks. Albert, currently detained at her Majesty’s pleasure, already has one lined up – a callous young businesswoman Sara Naismith and her assistant Aaron. Posing as city traders, Mickey and Ash offer her the chance to join an insider dealing scam.

Wednesday at 9pm Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour: Series I: "Rocket". A royal visit by Princess Margaret to an Oxford munitions factory may exclude the unwelcome Endeavour Morse, but even Chief Superintendent Bright's highest security cannot exclude murder.

Thursday at 10pm Reilly: Ace of Spies episode 2 “Prelude to War”. Autumn, 1904: intelligence from Reilly in Port Arthur enables the Japanese Navy to sink the Russian Pacific Squadron. Margaret Reilly has an affair with Greenberg and leaves her husband. Then Reilly is seized by the Russians.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on “In a Monastery Garden”. Wellminster Cathedral is preparing for a Royal visit and the Custos have asked Rosemary and Laura to restore the old monastery "physik" garden to mark the cathedral's millennium. But someone is not happy about the ladies working on the herb garden, and when the Custos' daughter Trish is found murdered there, the two women realize they could be in serious danger.

Saturday afternoon watch WETA UK’s two classic detectives back-to-back! At 1:0pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “The Third Floor Flat”. Then at 2:30pm Sherlock Holmes dissects “The Cardboard Box”.

Sunday at 9pm BBC action-drama Robin Hood makes its WETA UK primetime premiere with episode 1, “Will You Tolerate This?” Robin of Locksley heads home from the Crusades to find his people starving and brutalized under the tyrannical rule of the new Sheriff. He quickly discovers that the only way to reason with this Sheriff is with bow and arrow – even if it means sacrificing his title and his lands and consigning himself to life in the forest.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 4-10

Monday at 9pm catch the first mystery in season 6 of Midsomer Murders: “A Talent for Life”. Isobel Hewitt is an affluent pensioner with a young lover. Duncan Golf is a GP in the Village of Malham Bridge who is rumored to be having an affair. When the corpses of Isobel and Duncan are discovered by the river alongside one another, Barnaby and Troy embark on an investigation which uncovers a deep vein of resentment running through the village.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries season 1 concludes with “King Memses’ Curse”. In the season 1 finale, Murdoch Foyle remains at large and appears connected to the mysterious death of an antique dealer, and Phryne discovers Foyle is involved in a bizarre cult that believes in reincarnation.

Wednesday at 9am enjoy “The Great Leap Forward”, the first episode in season 4 of Born and Bred. Deborah and Donald are setting up a ʻwalking blood bankʼ, aiming to blood-type everyone in the village before Tom arrives back from New Zealand.

Thursday at 8:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Rev. Rev. Adam Smallbone is a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St. Saviour's in Hackney, East London. It's a world he has no experience of and it shows. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Anybody can and does come into St. Saviour's: from scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul.

Friday at 9pm Inspector George Gently begins his second season with “Gently Evil”. When the dead body of a young woman turns up, Gently and Bacchus investigate and initially suspect her estranged husband of the murder. But closer examination uncovers a disturbed family with some unsettling secrets.

Saturday at 10am Doctor Who David Tennant steps into the role of the Doctor for the second series. Then at 11am Red Dwarf kicks off season 2 with Better Than Life, the new virtual reality game sensation sweeping the solar system. Just dream and pleasure will be yours! Unless you have a mind like Arnold Judas Rimmer's, that is…

Sunday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Blandings, a period comedy series based on P.G. Wodehouse's stories. In the first episode, "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey!", Clarence has to get his pig eating or he will lose the Fattest Pig prize to his rival. Be sure to tune into WETA UK for two back-to-back half-hour episodes of Blandings every Sunday!
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 28-August 3

Monday at 8pm on Pie in the Sky, Henry Crabbe takes on The Mystery of Pikey. Someone breaks into businessman Barry Wilkes’ home as he and his family eat at Pie in the Sky. Many townspeople claim local bad boy Karl 'Pikey' Elves is to blame but Henry Crabbe doesn’t think that the boy acted alone.

Tuesday at 11am BallykissAngel begins from the very first episode! Ballykissangel is a village nestling in the lush green mountains of County Wicklow, in the heart of the Irish countryside. Here, life revolves around the local Catholic Church and its rival, the local bar. When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. After all, what is a young, inexperienced English priest doing in Ireland, of all places?

Wednesday at 11:30pm tune in for the classic comedy The Benny Hill Show. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions.

Thursday at 8pm the WETA UK introduces Fawlty Towers to the Thursday comedy line-up!
Fawlty Towers is a hilariously manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on the mystery of "The Italian Rapscallion". On a tour of Giardini Tremonti, will one of their party, Janice Alexander, is found dead. A second death occurs, but can they stop the killer before another loses their life?

Saturday at 9am tune in for the popular British show Primeval. When a young paintball player is attacked by a saber-toothed tiger at an adventure holiday park, it seems that the new anomaly detector has failed. However, Cutter begins to suspect a conventional explanation – and Connor disgraces himself.

Sunday at 9pm continue watching Wild Australasia with the episode “Island Arks”. This is a colorful journey of exploration, uncovering unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, from the steamy tropics to the icy islands of the sub Antarctic.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 21-27

Monday at 9pm season 3 of Midsomer Murders begins with two back-to-back episodes! 9pm-10:30pm “Dead Man’s Eleven” DCI Barnaby’s plans to move to the village of Fletcher’s Cross are disrupted when the wife of a landowner is bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat while out walking her dog in the village of Midsomer Worthy. Then at 10:30pm-12am in “Death of a Stranger”, DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood.

Tuesday at 2pm New Tricks season 2 begins with the first episode “A Delicate Touch”. The group’s desire to solve each case is as strong as ever. Working as part of the Unsolved Crime and Open Cases Squad (UCOS) and lead by Pullman who spends half her time trying reign them in, the three men investigate an array of challenging and disturbing crimes. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them?

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour. Set in 1965, the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour finds rookie constable Endeavour Morse helping with the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin to investigate a new mystery “Truth and Concequences”. A skeleton is unearthed in the former mining town of Thirksby. The discovery revives unwelcome memories for Dalziel, who was stationed there during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.The conflict was bitter and even now policemen are not welcome. Tune in next Thursday at 10pm for part 2.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the third and final episode of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 1! In “The Blind Banker” Holmes and Watson investigate a bank break-in that resulted in nothing stolen, but strange graffiti left behind. The case leads to the discovery of a dead banker inside his locked flat that the police, though not Holmes, suspect was a suicide. In other matters, Watson applies for a part-time job and goes on a date, though---thanks to Holmes---the evening doesn't go as planned.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 opens with Jenny Lee's birthday. The next day she takes on a new patient who's involved in an abusive relationship. In other events, Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to care for the captain's daughter, who's about to have her first baby.

Sunday at 10am begin season 6 of Monarch of the Glen. It’s a new era for Glenbogle, as Paul sets about making his mark by attempting to modernize the estate. However, while his intentions are honorable, his dismissive attitude towards the estate’s long-held traditions causes him to clash with Golly.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 7-13

Monday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Midsomer Murders season2! First at 9pm “Death’s Shadow”. Soon after successful theatrical director Simon Fletcher is diagnosed with a brain tumor, a property developer in the village is savagely murdered. Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy investigate the crime, trying to discover if it was motivated by ill-feeling in the village about his plans for property development or some longer buried secrets. Then at 10:30pm on “Strangler’s Wood”, the body of a young Brazilian woman is found strangled with a tie in a forest where three similar murders occurred several years before. Barnaby manages to solve both the new murders and the old ones, though not before the murder of yet another victim.

Tuesday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Doc Martin season 2! First at 9pm “Old Dogs”, Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas. She can't forgive him for accusing her of failing in her dental hygiene regime. Then at 9:45pm “In Loco”, Louisa is nervously awaiting an interview for promotion to head teacher of Portwenn Primary School, and she's anxious to make a good impression. But the odds seem to be stacked against her. Dr. Ellingham is on the board of governors, and she's not sure she can count on his vote.

Wednesday at 8am catch season 6 episode 1 of All Creatures Great and Small. In the episode, “Here and There”, James meets Basil Courtney, a cowhand for a local farmer. Basil has worked in a circus, been a teacher, has knowledge of art and a nose for good wine! James is intrigued until he discovers that Basil has not been giving the farmer's calves their treatment and, as a result, they are showing no signs of improvement. Then at 9am stay on WETA UK for Born and Bred season 2 episode 1. In the new series sees a new set of problems for the father-and-son practice, and delves further into the lives of the villagers, including some highly amusing incidents.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin the two part mystery “Secrets of the Dead”. Watch part 2 next Thursday July 17 at 10pm! Dalziel is in the small Yorkshire village of Stenby, attending the funeral of Fran Lock, the district nurse. When the local solicitor is found murdered, Dalziel investigates (without the help of Pascoe, who is off to Florida to
visit his wife and daughter).

Friday at 7:30pm start the fantastic British comedy My Family from the very first episode!  Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something.

Saturday at 11am catch the first episode of the sci-fi, cult classic Red Dwarf! A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe but he is not alone. The crew begin to experience visions from their own future and Lister’s appears to include being reduced to his component atoms by a rather large explosion.

Sunday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Brazil with Michael Palin. In episode 1, “Out of Africa”, Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before traveling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros Brazilian Cowboys who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 30-July 6

Monday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 9 with the episode “Bully for Ben”. Ben joins the young Harpers for a pub quiz, during which he reveals that his childhood bully was actually a girl. Catch this episode again Friday July 4 at 12:30pm.

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle kicks off season 6.  In episode 1, just as the team are finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as everything starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 6:30pm catch two contemporary comedies back-to-back. First watch Outnumbered at 6:30pm then Lead Balloon at 7pm. In this week’s episode of Outnumbered, “The Girls' Day Out”, Sue is fed up with the men over housework; Karen deals with fund raisers and buying shoes. In season 3 of Lead Balloon, despite professional and domestic crises, Rick manages to hold his head up high and retain that self-respect. Well, actually, no he doesn't.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on the mystery of “The Crooked Man”. Holmes and Watson investigate when an Army colonel is found dead and his wife is found unconscious. Be sure to watch “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” on Saturday afternoon as Holmes investigates when a scientist's daughter believes she has spotted a prowler outside her bedroom window.

Friday at 10:30pm continue the comedy and drama of Frankie. In this second-to-last episode in the series, someone is watching Frankie but who and why? At work, Frankie finds herself caught between her patient and his wife. A dying patient puts things into perspective for Paula.

Saturday from 1:30pm-6:30pm get your weekly dose of mysteries! At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot goes on the adventure of “The Dead Man’s Mirror”. Then at 2:30 Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes goes for “The Adventure of the Creeping Man”. From 3:20-6:30pm watch Midsomer Murders “Faithful Unto Death” and “Death in Disguise”.

Sunday at 9pm catch the very first episode of Wild Australasia. Take a journey through time and space to explore Australasia's natural wonders. This series is a detective story, delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why its wildlife and wilderness are so special. As the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australia is a world apart - a place where successive invasions of people have made the greatest impact on its wildlife and wilderness areas. Its wildlife is an astonishing mix of the surprising, the strange and the deadly. From the tropical jungle to the vast shallow coral reefs, from burning deserts to snowy mountains, Australasia is a land of outstanding splendour with a great variety of moods and landscapes.

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New British Shows on WETA | Sunday June 29

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for a night packed with premieres! Beginning at 8pm, Last Tango in Halifax returns for season 2 with more drama and comedy than ever before. Then at 9pm, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour season 2 begins with a shocking mystery to solve. Then at 10:30pm the new sitcom Vicious premieres with laughter and love. Read on for more show information!

Last Tango in Halifax – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 8pm
After recovering from a heart attack, Alan is let out of hospital and moves into Celia's grandmother's flat. They want to plan a secret wedding as soon as possible but how will their daughters react to this major life decision?

 

 

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 9pm
In this premiere episode “Trove”, Morse returns to duty after an involuntary, four-month leave and is again paired with DI Thursday. Their first case unites an unidentifiable corpse, an enigmatic note, and the theft of medieval artifacts. Morse ties together these seemingly unrelated cases.

 

 

Vicious – Series Premiere – Sunday June 29 at 10:30pm
This is a brand-new British sitcom about a graying gay couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi).  They’ve lived together in a small London flat for 50 years and while their criticizing remarks make their relationship seem vicious, they truly have a deep love for one another. 

 


 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 23-29

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back, 90 minute episodes of Midsomer Murders! The 9pm episode is “Written in Blood”. Gerald Hadleigh, a secretary of the writers circle, was never in favor of inviting best-selling novelist Max Jennings to attend one of their meetings. When Hadleigh is found brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Barnaby and Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certificate to match the wedding photo on display in his house. When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands. The 10:30pm episode is “Death of a Hollow Man”. In the village of Ferne Basset, an elderly resident is found drowned after a violent attack. Meanwhile, at the Corn Exchange in Causton, a local amateur dramatic production of Amadeus reveals a backstage world of intrigue, passion and gossip — and a whole new meaning to the term "corpsing" when there is a second murder.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues with the case of “Murder in Montparnasse”. The widow of a famous artist who Phryne once posed for years before arrives in Melbourne requesting the return of her late husband's paintings. Don’t forget that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also airs on WETA TV26 & HD Mondays at 9pm and 10pm!

Wednesday at 10pm season 2 of Death in Paradise begins! In this first episode, DI Poole is learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Saint Marie, but everyday still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.

Thursday at 7pm begin watching the British comedy Chef! from the very first episode! In this episode titled, “Personnel”, Gareth Blackstock is the executive chef at Le Château Anglais, and he is infuriated when management cuts his budget. He is one up on the budget when Everton shows up and volunteers his service as sous chef for no compensation in order that he can train in the most famous kitchen in England.

Friday at 12pm experience the classic comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Britain’s longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine clocked up over 30 series. An affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their years, the series is set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humor. It follows the hilarious misadventures of a trio of older men as they explore the world around them, experiencing a second childhood with no wives, jobs or responsibilities.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories continues with episode 2. The second "Case Histories" finds Jackson the lone witness to a possible drowning in the Firth of Forth, but has little to go on beyond the victim's earrings. In other events, a crime novelist (Adam Godley) intervenes in a case of road rage; a comatose crook's wife and dominatrix unexpectedly bond; and Jackson isn't sure he'll sign the necessary papers so that his daughter can move to New Zealand with her mother. Adapted from Kate Atkinson's "One Good Turn."

Sunday at 10pm Life on Mars season 2 begins! In season 2 episode 1, despite eerie visions of 2006, DCI Sam Tyler remains in the 70s – where he encounters the young incarnation of a nasty villain Sam put away in 2006. He sees the chance every policeman dreams about: stopping the killer before he kills.
 

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