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Next of Kin

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Archie Panjabi has a way of making herself memorable in secondary roles, be it in Bend It Like Beckham or The Good Wife. In the TV series Next of Kin, she’s landed the lead, and it couldn’t be more deserved. She plays Mona Shirani, a doctor and second-generation Pakistani immigrant in London who is married to an English businessman and seems fully assimilated and unassailably proper. That serenity is shattered when Mona’s brother is murdered in Pakistan, a tragedy that turns her family’s life upside down and traps Mona between British intelligence and extremists planning an attack. Next of Kin has the suspense and sophistication of Homeland and a heroine who is above suspicion, until she isn’t. —Alessandra Stanley

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