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Rupert Penry-Jones
McNamara's picks: 'Silk,' Al Jazeera America, 'The Newsroom'
McNamara's picks: 'Silk,' Al Jazeera America, 'The Newsroom'

"The Good Wife" meets "Law and Order: UK" in "Silk,"  the six-hour, three-episode series debuting on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" on Sunday night.  As host Alan Cumming helpfully explains in the first-night intro, "Silk" refers to the prestigious position of Queen's Counsel -- in British court, these high-ranking barristers wear gowns of silk (also those crazy wig hats.) Applying for silk is one Martha Costello (Maxine Peake), a passionate defense barrister who, like any good television lawyer, has made the law her life.  Idealistic yet pragmatic, Martha firmly believes that providing a strong defense for even the...