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Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed

Airs Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Eve Myles as vivacious local teacher Angharad Stannard in "Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed."

In this episode, flooding in London's National Gallery precipitates the transfer of its treasured paintings to safety in an abandoned slate mine in the Welsh countryside, and curator Quentin Lester (Trevor Eve, "David Copperfield"), a worshipper of art to the exclusion of people, squires his beloved masterpieces to safety, secretly pleased to have them all to himself.

There, he encounters a lineup of quirky inhabitants including the spirited and lovely, if slightly nosey, local schoolteacher, Angharad (Eve Myles, "Little Dorrit"), and a 10-year-old boy, Dylan Hughes. In a chain of misunderstandings triggered by a wayward chicken, Quentin mistakes Dylan, whose father has just left the family in the face of financial woes, for an art connoisseur and kindred spirit.

But when Dylan, in desperation, plans the art heist of the century with his criminal-mastermind-in-training sister Minnie, the results reveal how these paintings on the move have tremendous power to move people. David Tennant hosts.

"Framed" is available for online viewing from December 27, 2010 through January 25, 2011.

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Preview: Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed

Above: In this episode titled "Framed," a reserved curator (Trevor Eve) from London's National Gallery is made responsible for the safe and secret storage of priceless paintings in rural Wales. Soon he finds it difficult to keep his low profile, as well as his secret, from the local villagers. Also starring Eve Myles (Torchwood).