KCET Expands Its Highly Rated BBC Programming To Include Two New Mystery Crime Thrillers Beginning Oct. 2 at 8 PM



New Series Include 'Foyle's War,' set in Great Britain's WWII and 'New Tricks,' a Modern-day Comedy about Retired Police Officers Who Investigate Unsolved Crimes


Los Angeles - September 26, 2011 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, expands its arsenal of highly-rated BBC programming with two new mystery crime thrillers including Foyle's War premiering Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and New Tricks Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.


Described by the Wall Street Journal as "a triumph from start to finish," Foyle's War, airing Oct 2. at 8 p.m., follows police detective Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) as he tackles home-front crimes in his English coastal town of Hastings as WWII rages across the Channel.  The battle finally comes to Foyle in its own way as he probes war-related cases of murder, espionage, and treason. Mystery blends with real-life historical war stories, moral complexity, and period atmosphere in this suspenseful British series.


In New Tricks airing Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman leads a motley crew of retired police officers in re-opening troublesome cases that were never laid to rest.  From the discovery of a new motive in the killing of a college lecturer, to the tracing of a missing child, the team finds a way through the detail that eludes the original officers.  However, throughout their new investigation, they find a surprising incidence of cover-up and conspiracy. Suspicion runs high, and the team is determined to get to the bottom of it - these old dogs don't roll over easily.


"This year, our BBC programming has produced some of our highest ratings in primetime," said Bohdan Zachary, vice president of broadcasting and program development for KCET.  "We're thrilled to introduce our viewers to such well-written, character-driven shows that they cannot find anywhere else on television." 


Foyle's War and New Tricks join the ranks of several British programs offered on KCET including Doc Martin, Prime Suspect, Mi-5, Rosemary and Thyme, Hustle.  Other distinctive programs to garner some of the station's highest ratings since becoming independent public media for Southern California include BBC World News, and special royal wedding coverage surrounding the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.



About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 47-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


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