Flesh and Blood on Masterpiece

  • Fred Vigeant

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.

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