Nighy, Thompson topline ‘Masterpiece’ in fall

PBS anthology slate also features Weisz, Fiennes, Rickman

Emma Thompson, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon will appear in the upcoming season of PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

Nighy has the lead role as an MI-5 officer in “Masterpiece Contemporary” presentation “Page Eight,” written by David Hare and co-produced with Carnival Films. Weisz, Fiennes, Davis and Gambon co-star.

Rickman and Thompson, who played husband and wife in 2003 film “Love Actually,” will co-star as a book editor and his former lover in “The Song of Lunch,” based on the Christopher Reid narrative poem and co-produced with the BBC.

“Masterpiece Mystery” will also offer a new series of “Inspector Lewis” whodunits starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, premiering in September.

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