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MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE On MASTERPIECE

Toby Jones as Alan Bates in MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE
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Toby Jones as Alan Bates in MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE

Premieres Sundays, April 7 – 28, 2024 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV / PBS App

Following one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history, MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE, starring BAFTA-winner Toby Jones, was created with direct input from the innocent – and indomitable – people caught up in it. When money started to seemingly disappear from its local branches, the government-owned Post Office wrongly blamed their own managers for its apparent loss.

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For more than a decade, hundreds were accused of theft and fraud, and many were even sent to prison – leaving lives, marriages, and reputations in ruins. But the issue was actually caused by errors in the Post Office’s own computer system – something it denied for years.

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Revealing a shocking David vs. Goliath fight for justice, this is the story of the decent ordinary people who were relentlessly pursued, coerced, and controlled by a powerful corporation, and their ongoing battle, against seemingly insurmountable odds, to right so many horrific wrongs.

Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton, Isobel Middleton as Kay Linnell, Alex Jennings as James Arbuthnot, Toby Jones as Alan BATES IN BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE
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Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton, Isobel Middleton as Kay Linnell, Alex Jennings as James Arbuthnot, Toby Jones as Alan BATES IN BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1 Premieres Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV - Mysterious financial losses lead the Post Office to fire and prosecute village Subpostmasters, who have no way to prove their innocence.

  Mysterious financial losses lead the Post Office to fire and prosecute village Subpostmasters, who have no way to prove their innocence.  Shown: Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton in MASTERPIECE: MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE
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Mysterious financial losses lead the Post Office to fire and prosecute village Subpostmasters, who have no way to prove their innocence. Shown: Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton in MASTERPIECE: MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE

Episode 2 Premieres Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV - Alan Bates and the Subpostmasters begin their fight for the truth and justice with new allies in Parliament, but first they must convince an independent investigator of their honesty.

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Ifan Huw Dafydd as Noel Thomas in episode 2 of MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE
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Ifan Huw Dafydd as Noel Thomas in episode 2 of MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE

Episode 3 Premieres Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV - Alan allies with the Post Office in the hope his friends can get justice at last, but can he trust the people who have let them down so badly?

Katherine Kelly as Angela Van Den Bogerd, Lia Williams as Paula Vennells, Ian Hart as Bob Rutherford.
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Katherine Kelly as Angela Van Den Bogerd, Lia Williams as Paula Vennells, Ian Hart as Bob Rutherford.

Episode 4 Premieres Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV - Alan and his friends finally get the chance to embark on the epic challenge of battling the Post Office in court.

Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton, Ian Hart as Bob Rutherford. Episode 4: MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE ON MASTERPIECE
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Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton, Ian Hart as Bob Rutherford. Episode 4: MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE ON MASTERPIECE

Watch On Your Schedule:

MASTERPIECE will broadcast MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on Sunday nights at 9/8c beginning April 7, 2024. Each episode will be available for online streaming for 14 days starting at 9/8c on the night of national broadcast. You can also stream full episodes with the PBS App, KPBS Passport

Will Mellor as Lee Castleton in episode 4 of MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE
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Will Mellor as Lee Castleton in episode 4 of MR BATES VS THE POST OFFICE on MASTERPIECE

Credits: ITV Studios and Little Gem production for ITV and ITVX commissioned for UK audiences by ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios. The writer is Gwyneth Hughes. The director is James Strong. The executive producers are Patrick Spence, Gwyneth Hughes, James Strong, Joe Williams, Natasha Bondy and Ben Gale. The producer is Chris Clough.