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Airs Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: David Tennant as Will Burton.

David Tennant (BROADCHURCH, DOCTOR WHO) stars as a brilliant defense lawyer with a storybook family and a potent nickname, “The Escape Artist,” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. But then he gets a trial that changes his life forever. Written by David Wolstencroft (SPOOKS), this gripping legal thriller costars Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") as the hero’s rival, along with a courtroom full of ambitious attorneys and one very unnerving defendant.

Episode One repeats Saturday, April 4 at 9 p.m. - Star defense lawyer Will Burton finds his happy family life threatened when he takes the case of an unsavory suspect accused of a torture killing.

Episode Two repeats Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 p.m. - With the tables turned, Will battles for justice by fair means and foul. But can a brilliant attorney save his own skin?

THE ESCAPE ARTIST is an Endor production in association with Red Arrow International GMBH for BBC. It is created and written by David Wolstencroft. The director is Brian Welsh. The producers are Paul Frift and Hilary Bevan Jones. The executive producer is David Wolstencroft. The executive producer for BBC is Matthew Read. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. The executive producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton.

THE ESCAPE ARTIST is rated TV-PG-V and due to rights restrictions, will not be available for online streaming.

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The Escape Artist: A Scene from Episode 1