USA PREMIERE: David Tennant Stars In The Escape Artist On PBS Tonight

David Tennant stars in the acclaimed legal thriller The Escape Artist which opens the new season of PBS MASTERPIECE Mystery! from tonight. Written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks aka MI-5), the drama originally aired on BBC One in the UK last year. Originally shown as a three part mini-series, PBS will screen it as two 90-minute episodes across the next two Sundays.

The Escape Artist
David Tennant stars as brilliant defense lawyer Will Burton, who has a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. "Everybody deserves a defense," Burton boasts, but Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell), a reclusive bird lover, is about to strain that assertion.
Foyle has been charged with a gruesome killing, leaving Will to search for a weak link in the seemingly ironclad evidence against Liam. In the ensuing legal battle, the wheels of justice turn much as Will anticipates. But then strange and disturbing things begin to happen. The tables are turned—and then turned again. Will finds himself fighting fervently for a new cause that may end his career or worse.
This gripping legal thriller co-stars Sophie Okonedo as the hero's rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.

The cast also includes Ashley Jensen, Monica Dolan and Tony Gardner.

Episode 1
PBS, 9pm ET 
(Check your regional PBS station for local variations in date / time)
Star defense lawyer Will Burton finds his happy family life threatened when he takes the case of an unsavoury suspect accused of a torture killing.

Visit the PBS Masterpiece pages for The Escape Artist for more information and preview clips