Flesh and Blood
Sundays, October 4-25, 2020 on PBS
Imelda Staunton and Francesca Annis star in a juicy mystery about the perils
of late-life romance. Claudie Blakley, Russell Tovey, and Lydia
Shown from left to right: Stephen Rea as Mark, Francesca Annis as Vivien and Imelda Staunton as Mary
Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
Lust, greed, wrath, envy, and pride are just some of the deadly sins that plague a seemingly happy family in a mystery-thriller starring Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Vera Drake) and Francesca Annis (Reckless, Cranford), who play close neighbors cast into a generational psychodrama, on Flesh and Blood, airing in four cliffhanging episodes on Masterpiece, Sundays, beginning October 4 9:00pm on WITF.
Also starring are Claudie Blakley (Grantchester, Cranford), Russell Tovey (Years and Years, Little Dorrit), and Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack, Apple Tree Yard) as the grown-up children of Annis’s character, Vivien; Stephen Rae (The Stranger) as a suspicious new addition to the family; and David Bamber (Victoria) as the detective who tries to work out whether an unfortunate incident was an accident or, in fact, a heinous crime. Staunton, who is set to star as Queen Elizabeth II in the next season of The Crown, gives a slyly comedic performance as Mary, the family’s long-time next-door neighbor, whose life is devoted to gardening and trying to be helpful to Vivien.
Opening with emergency vehicles on the scene of a life-threatening mishap, the mystery for viewers is: Who has done what to whom? As D.I. Doug Lineham (Bamber) elicits the details in flashbacks, it all started innocently enough. Widowed a year and a half earlier, glamourous former salon owner Vivien (Annis) invites her three children to their seaside childhood home for an important announcement: she has a new man in her life, Mark (Rae), a widowed retired surgeon.
Watch Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece on WITF Sundays at 9:00pm beginning October 4. Masterpiece is available for on-demand viewing through the PBS Video app.