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Tennant signs as Masterpiece host

David Tennant
David Tennant announced he was leaving Doctor Who last year

Actor David Tennant has signed up to present Masterpiece Contemporary, a US TV strand which showcases many British drama productions.

The Doctor Who star follows past hosts such as Alan Cumming and Laura Linney.

Masterpiece, which is broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service network (PBS), returns in October with William Hurt's Endgame.

Previous programmes include Prime Suspect, Pride and Prejudice, Inspector Lewis and House of Cards.

The Masterpiece series began as Masterpiece Theatre in 1971, and has split off into three strands - Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Contemporary and Masterpiece Mystery!

The latter features a mixture of British detective and crime series such as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Agatha Christie's Miss Marple; and Touching Evil.

Tennant announced last year he was leaving Doctor Who, after joining the cast in 2005.

He is currently filming his last scenes in the role in Cardiff, before handing over to new recruit Matt Smith.

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