Tea Times

Downton Abbey: Our Favourite Moments, Part 1

While we await the premiere of Season 5 of Downton Abbey, on Sunday, January 4, we thought we’d revisit some of our favourite moments from the previous seasons. Guest blogger Amie Simon takes us through the scandals, heartbreaks and joys that have been visited upon the Crawleys and their staff to date. SPOILER ALERT: these recaps tell all, so if you haven't reached a certain episode or season, you enter at your own risk.

Death Comes to Pemberley: A Jane Austen Murder Mystery

Are you ready for Elizabeth and Darcy to solve a murder mystery? Some of Jane Austen’s most cherished characters reappear in Masterpiece Mystery! Death Comes to Pemberley, premiering Sunday, 10/26, at 9pm. Guest blogger Amie Simon takes us through the highlights of this new two-part series, based on the book by British author P.D. James. 

Downton Abbey Season 1: Remembering Our Introduction to The Crawleys

It doesn't seem that long ago that we were tuning in to meet the residents of Downton Abbey (and some of us even met them in Seattle at KCTS 9),  but here we are, four seasons later—preparing for a FIFTH season to air on this side of the pond in early 2015! KCTS 9 will be re-airing Downton Abbey Season 1 during Tea Time, starting Monday, October 13 at 3pm. Amie Simon gets us ready for the new season with a nostalgic look back at the very first time we laid eyes on The Crawleys and their staff.

Get Your Cozies Ready for Fall Tea Time (Pinboard)

We’re readying our finest teapots in anticipation of our fall Tea Time line-up! Our posh block of British programming airs every weekday from 3pm-5pm—the perfect time to enjoy a cuppa hot Earl Grey and tasty biscuits while you revel in hours of sophisticated entertainment. 

Man of Mystery: Inspector Lewis is Back

Get ready for even more intrigue! Masterpiece Mystery! viewers will enjoy Kevin Whatley’s return as Inspector Robert “Robbie” Lewis in three new episodes of the engaging series starting October 5. Amie Simon gets us up-to-date and ready for the season:

Friday Night Mysteries: Two crime series to enjoy this fall

Fall has officially hit Seattle! That means crisp colored leaves, boots and scarves, and inevitably, lots of rain—not that we mind. It’s really the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch Friday nights with a cup of tea and some exciting Friday night mysteries!

Starting Friday, September 26, KCTS 9 is airing episodes of Father Brown and DCI Banks back-to-back starting at 8pm. These two sleuths may come from different worlds, but their end goal is the same. Both men are dedicated to relentlessly pursuing the truth until the crime is solved and justice is served.

Woman of Mystery: Miss Marple Returns

Masterpiece Mystery! viewers will be thrilled to know that British theatre and television veteran Julia McKenzie returns as Miss Marple in three new episodes of Agatha Christie’s popular series starting 9/21! Amie Simon gets us up-to-date and ready for the season:

Christie’s most-beloved character
There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good sleuth, and Miss Jane Marple is an exceptional one. This seasoned amateur crime-solver is one of Agatha Christie’s most-loved characters, and has been played on screen by several different actresses.

Get Ready for David Suchet's Final Five Hercule Poirot Episodes (Pinboard)

David Suchet has portrayed Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's Belgian (not French!) detective, for 12 seasons since 1989, when he first donned the famous mustache at the request of Christie's family. With five final episodes, Suchet completes the oeuvre.

To help prolong the inevitable end, we've compiled a Pinboard of favorite links to help you celebrate the return of those precious "little grey cells" to the screen for the last time. You might read a missing Christie mystery, host a fete Belgique with flag, frites and waffles, bake mustache-shaped biscuits, or marvel at fan art.

The Many Faces of Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek Jacobi has been a star of the stage and screen for nearly five decades! Amie Simon takes a look at some of the distinguished actor’s career highlights in preparation for his Sunday night double act, starting June 29 on KCTS 9 and PBS stations around the country. Last Tango in Halifax season 2 kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and Vicious premieres at 10:30 p.m. In between, catch new episodes of Endeavour at 9:00.

The Many Faces of David Tennant

Masterpiece fans may recognize Scottish actor David Tennant as their host for several Contemporary episodes--or even as the lilting and amusing voice of the very popular nature documentary Earthflight. As blogger Amie Simon reports, he's entertained audiences in many different roles -- with many faces.