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Masterpiece Contemporary: Endgame

Airs Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Chiwetel Ejiofor as Thabo Mbeki and William Hurt as Professor Will Esterhuyse in "Masterpiece Contemporary: Endgame." A nation teeters on the brink of civil war in this real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Michael Young Interview

Business executive Michael Young thought he could make a difference in South Africa to end apartheid by quietly bringing together the leaders of the Afrikaner ruling class and the African National Congress (ANC) for secret talks. In an interview Young shares his recollections of those five years of secret talks and the most important, if improbable, role of his life — as a behind-the-scenes peace broker.

A nation teeters on the brink of civil war in this real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa. Seemingly doomed to failure, the secret talks were held against a backdrop of terrorism, spying, blackmail and escalating unrest.

The international cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor ("American Gangster," "Kinky Boots") as future president Thabo Mbeki; William Hurt ("Damages") as Professor Will Esterhuyse; Jonny Lee Miller ("Eli Stone," "Trainspotting") as British businessman and negotiator Michael Young; Derek Jacobi ("Gosford Park" as Young’s boss; and Clarke Peters (“The Wire”) as Nelson Mandela. David Tennant hosts.

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Preview: Masterpiece Contemporary: Endgame

Above: In this program, a nation teeters on the brink of civil war in this real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa. Seemingly doomed to failure, the secret talks were held against a backdrop of terrorism, spying, blackmail, and escalating unrest.