MATTHEW GOODE TO HOST
New Series Premieres October 5 with Conspiracy Thriller
“The Last Enemy”
September 23, 2008 (Boston, MA)— Dynamic British actor Matthew Goode has been
picked to host the premiere season of MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY on PBS.
Goode, who recently starred in the feature film Brideshead Revisited and has appeared
in My Family and Other Animals, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Miss Marple on
MASTERPIECE, will make his hosting debut with the season opener The Last Enemy,
a five-part thriller beginning Sunday, October 5, 2008.
“In the tradition of favorite MASTERPIECE actors, Matthew brings talent, charm and
versatility to every role he plays,” says MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca
Eaton. “He’s a wonderful fit for our new CONTEMPORARY programming, which
showcases some of the best young and interesting talent working today.”
“It’s exciting to be associated with a new venture like MASTERPIECE
CONTEMPORARY,” says Goode. “I think the relevant themes of these provocative
programs will attract a wide audience.”
One of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, Goode starred in Woody Allen’s Match Point
and Scott Frank’s The Lookout before taking on the role of Charles Ryder in Julian Jarrold’s
Brideshead Revisited. He will next be seen as super villain Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in
Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Watchmen, opening March 6, 2009.
MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY, which follows the successful launches of
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC and MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!, will present
outstanding British television drama with contemporary themes.
The season begins on October 5 with The Last Enemy, a gripping new miniseries starring
Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty), which probes the
trend toward a surveillance society in the post-9/11 world.
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On November 9, Antony Sher (Primo), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!), Stellan Skarsgard (Pirates of the
Caribbean), and Stephen Dillane (John Adams) play a group of Auschwitz prisoners who put God on Trial, and
on November 16, Filth, starring Julie Walters (Harry Potter), looks at the hot-button issue of censorship in
the freewheeling culture of 1960s England. A MASTERPIECE special will air on November 23: The Unseen
Alistair Cooke is a documentary about the distinguished journalistic career of the longtime MASTERPIECE
THEATRE host, who reported on life in America for nearly 70 years. The program marks the November
centenary of Cooke’s birth.
MASTERPIECE has been presented on PBS by WGBH since 1971. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer.
Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television
For more information about the MASTERIECE CONTEMPORARY schedule and host Matthew Goode,
Release and photos available at pbs.org/pressroom and pressroom.wgbh.org