Sundays, October 16 and 30 at 9 p.m. – Masterpiece Mystery! presents Case Histories
(Rochester, NY) – An ex-cop from Yorkshire jogs across the hills overlooking Edinburgh, listening to mournful American country singers and mulling over his tangled life. It’s private investigator Jackson Brodie, played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) in a trio of exciting mysteries based on Kate Atkinson’s bestselling novels.Case Histories, a Masterpiece Mystery! presentation airs Sundays, October 16 and 30 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
The hero’s personal playlist includes such American folk and country stars as Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, Nanci Griffith, and Eliza Gilkyson. While Jackson’s cheerful young daughter in the series (Millie Innes) finds her dad’s musical taste “depressing,” it’s the perfect soundtrack for his weary, lovelorn life.
Also appearing as recurring characters are Amanda Abbington (Married Single Other) as Detective Inspector Louise Munroe, Jackson’s sometime soulmate and former colleague on the Edinburgh police; Zawe Ashton (Sherlock) as his cheeky receptionist, Deborah; and Kirsty Mitchell as the gumshoe’s ex, Jodie. Guest stars include Natasha Little (Any Human Heart), Philip Davis (Sherlock), Sylvia Syms (The Queen), and Adam Godley (The Old Curiosity Shop).
Atkinson’s first novel in the Jackson Brodie series, Case Histories, was hailed by Stephen King as “the best mystery of the decade” after its publication in 2004. She followed it with One Good Turn and When Will There Be Good News? — each adapted in a two-hour episode on this Masterpiece Mystery! series. The author’s signature style is to entangle her hero in a web of cases—some involving Jackson’s work as a sleuth for hire and others dealing with crimes he chances across in his gritty encounters with Edinburgh’s seamier side. As the clues in this jumble of investigations mount, it becomes clear that the pieces miraculously all fit together.
Pictured: Jason Isaacs as Jackson Brodie
Credit: Courtesy of © Steffan Hill 2010/BBC/Ruby Films
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