Free preview of newest ‘MASTERPIECE: MYSTERY!’ series set for Sept. 26 in Rogers


Arkansas PBS to host free screening of Episode One of ‘Magpie Murders’ at Victory Theater; series premieres Oct. 16

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will host a free, advance screening of the first episode of “Magpie Murders,” the newest “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!” miniseries, Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Victory Theater, 116 South Second St., Rogers. Seating is limited, and registration is required at

A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers: a mystery author dies under suspicious circumstances, with his last book seemingly unfinished. This leaves two mysteries: What happened to him? And, how does his latest potboiler end? Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (“The Crown,” “Phantom Thread”) stars as the author’s editor, Susan Ryeland, who assumes the role of detective in the case.

Meanwhile, Tim McMullan (Patrick Melrose) plays the fictional sleuth in the incomplete novel, whose investigation parallels Susan’s. Based on Anthony Horowitz’s (“Foyle’s War”) ingenious bestselling novel, the six-part series also stars Conleth Hill, Michael Maloney, Alexandros Logothetis and Claire Rushbrook.

Following the screening, Arkansas PBS staff will share what’s coming up next from the network and draw for free giveaways.

“Magpie Murders” will air on Arkansas PBS Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20. The six-part series is produced by Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films. Lauded as “a magnificent piece of crime fiction” and “an ingenious novel within a novel” by the Sunday Times (London), “Magpie Murders” topped multiple best-seller lists including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and appeared on the year-end Best Books lists of NPR, USA Today and others.


Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys and 18 Peabody Awards, “MASTERPIECE” has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer, and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Series funding for “MASTERPIECE” is provided by Viking Cruises, Raymond James, The MASTERPIECE Trust and public television viewers. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, “MASTERPIECE” is known for hits such as “All Creatures Great and Small,” “Sherlock,” “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria,” and beloved classics such as “Upstairs Downstairs,” “Prime Suspect,” “The Forsyte Saga” and “Poldark.”

About Arkansas PBS

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