Michael Palin Means Serious Business in the PBS Mystery ‘Remember Me’

Remember Me

British comedy great Michael Palin gets deadly serious in PBS’s three-episode miniseries Remember Me. And we do mean it when we say deadly. The Monty Python star plays Tom Parfitt, an octogenarian who lies his way into a retirement home in an effort to rid himself of the ghost of a dead babysitter who’s been haunting—and controlling—him for decades. (Yes, you read that sentence correctly. No, this isn’t a spiritual sequel to Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.) But specters can move houses too, and when Tom’s social worker takes a header out his window, his concerned medical attendant (Jodie Comer, above, with Palin, left) convinces a police detective (Mark Addy) to investigate what’s really going on, because ghosts couldn’t possibly be real. Right? Right?

“Tom is funny, crafty, manipulative, charming, devious and dangerous,” Palin teases. “He’s really trying to run from his own fear and, in the end, has to confront it.”

Remember Me,  Miniseries Premiere, Sunday, July 16, 10/9c, PBS (check local listings at pbs.org)