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'Escape Artist' on PBS proves subtly captivating

'Escape Artist' on PBS proves subtly captivating

"Everyone deserves a defense," David Tennant's ace barrister Will Burton tells his closest rival, Maggie Gardner (Sophie Okonedo), early in "The Escape Artist," a tense, taut legal thriller beginning Sunday on the PBS series "Mystery!" Later, defending a client Burton had freed on an earlier charge, Gardner will throw the line back at him; it is a line to stew in, especially because it will have been obvious to the audience even before the facts of the case are stated that the man is a murderer, just from the number of bird cages in his house. (A thin line separates the hobbyist from the sociopath in murder fiction.) In British law, as I no doubt...

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