Wives' views of candidates

Z ON TV

October 03, 2008|By david zurawik | david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com

ABC News' Diane Sawyer continues her in-depth look tonight at presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama on 20/20. Last week, Sawyer looked at turning points in their lives. This week, she examines their personal lives with interviews of Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, who talk about their husbands as candidates, fathers and leaders. *** ( 3 STARS)

BEST WEEKEND PICK I have not been the biggest fan of Masterpiece Contemporary, the PBS Masterpiece Theatre showcase for, well, contemporary productions. But The Last Enemy, a five-part series that starts Sunday, is terrific.

Written by Peter Berry (Prime Suspect 6), it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Ezard, a young, somewhat-withdrawn mathematician who returns to London for the funeral of his brother, a U.N. worker killed by a land mine in Afghanistan. Within a matter of hours, Ezard finds himself in bed with his dead brother's wife (Anamaria Marinca), a Bosnia physician, and in the middle of mysteries and events that unfold so fast you can hardly keep up with them.

Cumberbatch and Marinca instantly grab your attention and never let go. Robert Carlyle dazzles as a rogue agent relentless in his quest for information on a woman who died in the apartment where Ezard and his sister-in-law make love.

Big themes abound: loss of privacy, identity and life itself in an age of a global Big Brother. *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS)

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Molly Shannon visits the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC). Tim Robbins is on the Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS).

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