(Above: Marc Lavoine in ‘Walter Presents: Kepler(s).’ Source: YouTube video)
This weekend Amazon Prime add-on channel PBS Masterpiece will premiere thrillers focusing on an unusual protagonist and an unusual antagonist – Walter Presents: Kepler(s) on Friday, April 17, and The Widower on Saturday, April 18.
Walter Presents: Kepler(s) (season one, six episodes)
The protagonist, French cop Samuel Kepler (Marc Lavoine), has dissociative identity disorder, with three other individual personalities fighting for control. Following a botched police operation, Kepler is transferred to a small police station, where, it is hoped, the slower pace will help him rebuild his life.
He is soon forced back into action when the body of a girl is found at a refugee camp, and teamed with fellow officer and anti-immigrant immigrant Alice Haddad (Sofia Essaïdi). In order to solve the case, Kepler(s) will “have to investigate himself at the same time.”
The show, in French with English subtitles, aired originally on France 2 last year,
The Widower (three episodes)
The antagonist and star of this miniseries, based on a true story, is Malcolm Webster (Reece Shearsmith), a seemingly mild-mannered British gentleman and male nurse whose first wife (Sheridan Smith) dies in a traffic accident. Four years later, he starts anew in New Zealand with a second wife (Kate Fleetwood).
Beginning with their wedding night, however, she suffers from unexplained blackouts. As she investigates, she begins to suspect that her new husband had a hand in his first wife’s death. Then he disappears, reappearing in Scotland. When she learns of his whereabouts, she tries to persuade a Scottish detective (John Hannah) that her husband is a killer in search of his next victim.
Jeff Pope, who co-wrote the screenplay for Philomena, co-wrote and executive produced The Widower, which aired originally on Britain’s ITV in 2014.
Amazon Prime subscribers can get PBS Masterpiece for an additional $5.99 a month following a seven-day free trial.
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