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Season 1

1 :01x01 - The First Churchills: (1) The Chaste Nymph

Jan/10/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

This historical drama portrays the lives of John and Sarah Churchill - the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough - and ancestors of Sir Winston Churchill. John, said to be the greatest general of his time, serves four monarchs: Charles II, James II, William of Orange, and Queen Anne; while Sarah, a witty lady-in-waiting to Anne, remains her husband's invaluable ally. "The First Churchills" is Masterpiece Theatre's first television presentation, and chronicles both the history of Restoration England and the Churchill family's career at court, which culminates with the British victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.

John Churchill is an accomplished soldier who has gained favor in the eyes of the Kings on both sides of the English Channel. He is also quite the ladies man, which proves to aid him well as he begins to climb the aristocratic ladder. However, his life suddenly changes when he meets the lovely young Sarah Jennings, who also happens to be very close to Mary, the second Duchess of York. John is quite smitten, but winning the affections of the lovely Sarah will prove to be quite the challenge.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | James Villiers as King Charles II | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | Sheila Gish as Mary (Duchess of York)
Director: David Giles (1)

2 :01x02 - The First Churchills: (2) Bridals

Jan/17/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

John Churchill pursues the young Sarah Jennings but she is convinced they can have no future together. Sarah is poor, much as Churchill is, and her mother is convinced that Churchill's father will arrange a marriage for his son only with a rich woman. John has no intention of marrying for convenience and has every intention of marrying for love. He stands his ground, as does Sarah, and the Duchess of York becomes a good friend indeed when she eases the way for them. Meanwhile, there is much intrigue going at court with certain lords demanding that no Catholics be counselors to the King.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | James Villiers as King Charles II | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Alan Rowe as William (Prince of Orange) | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | John Tordoff as Becket | Sheila Gish as Mary (Duchess of York)
Director: David Giles (1)

3 :01x03 - The First Churchills: (3) Plot Counter-Plot

Jan/24/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

John and Sarah have married. Lord Shaftesbury has threatened Charles with rebellion. To appease his Protestant Parliament, Charles has arranged a marriage between Mary and the Prince of Orange.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | James Villiers as King Charles II | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Alan Rowe as William (Prince of Orange) | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | John Tordoff as Becket
Director: David Giles (1)

4 :01x04 - The First Churchills: (4) The Lion and the Unicorn

Jan/31/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

The rage against Popery in England continues. James, Duke of Monmouth, has become the protégé of Shaftesbury who plans to make him King. But Churchill has refused to support Monmouth. Charles has resisted all pressure to disinherit his brother James.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | James Villiers as King Charles II | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | John Tordoff as Becket | Sheila Gish as Mary (Duchess of York)
Director: David Giles (1)

5 :01x05 - The First Churchills: (5) Rebellion

Feb/07/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

King Charles dies and his brother James ascends to the throne. He's immediately faced with a rebellion from the Duke of Monmouth, which John Churchill helps to put down.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | James Villiers as King Charles II | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Alan Rowe as William (Prince of Orange) | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | Sheila Gish as Mary (Duchess of York)
Director: David Giles (1)

6 :01x06 - The First Churchills: (6) A Protestant Wind

Feb/14/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

John and Sarah abandon their support for King James II and support the ascension to the throne of William and Mary during the Glorious Revolution.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | Alan Rowe as William (Prince of Orange) | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | James Villiers as King Charles II | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | John Westbrook as James (Duke of York) | James Kerry (1) as James (Duke of Monmouth) | John Tordoff as Becket | Sheila Gish as Mary (Duchess of York)
Director: David Giles (1)

7 :01x07 - The First Churchills: (7) Trial of Strength

Feb/21/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

John Churchill owed much to James II. But the King was clearly determined to destroy the Protestant religion and the laws of England, so John decided to support William of Orange and the Revolution of 1688.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | Alan Rowe as King William III | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | John Tordoff as Becket
Director: David Giles (1)

8 :01x08 - The First Churchills: (8) The Queen Commands

Feb/28/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

William III, with Churchill's help, has defeated James' attempted invasion of Ireland. John has been suspected of treason and dismissed from Court. Princess Anne has refused to obey her sister Mary and part with Sarah.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | Alan Rowe as King William III | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | John Ringham as Laurence Hyde | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | Lisa Daniely as Queen Mary II | John Tordoff as Becket | Polly Adams as Henrietta Godolphin | Jill Balcon as Abigail Hill
Director: David Giles (1)

9 :01x09 - The First Churchills: (9) Reconciliation

Mar/07/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

In an atmosphere of national panic John, falsely accused of Jacobite treachery, has been imprisoned for a time in the Tower. After Mary's death, William receives Anne at Court.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Princess Anne | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Alan Rowe as King William III | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | Polly Adams as Henrietta Godolphin | Jill Balcon as Abigail Hill
Director: David Giles (1)

10 :01x10 - The First Churchills: (10) A Famous Victory

Mar/14/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

John becomes a national hero with his victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim but relations between Sarah and Queen Anne on the homefront begin getting frayed.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Queen Anne | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | Polly Adams as Henrietta Godolphin | Jill Balcon as Abigail Hill
Director: David Giles (1)

11 :01x11 - The First Churchills: (11) Breaking the Circle

Mar/21/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

To save the Holy Roman Empire from French invasion Marlborough led his allied troops into Germany and defeated the French at the Battle of Blenheim.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Queen Anne | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | Roger Mutton as George of Denmark | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | Polly Adams as Henrietta Godolphin | Jill Balcon as Abigail Hill
Director: David Giles (1)

12 :01x12 - The First Churchills: (12) Not Without Honor

Mar/28/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Marlborough continues his success in the war against France, but his prestige at home and with Anne has been impaired by the devious backstairs intrigue of Robert Harley.
Guest Stars: John Neville as John Churchill (Duke of Marlborough) | Susan Hampshire as Sarah Jennings Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough) | John Standing as Sidney Godolphin | Margaret Tyzack as Queen Anne | Robert Robinson (3) as King Louis XIV | Michael Culver as Charles Churchill | Job Stewart as Lord Shrewsbury | Polly Adams as Henrietta Godolphin | Jill Balcon as Abigail Hill
Director: David Giles (1)

13 :01x13 - The Spoils of Poynton: (1) Pride of Possession

Apr/04/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

"The Spoils of Poynton" is an adaptation of a novel by Henry James published in 1897. This 4-part presentation describes the struggle between Mrs. Adela Gereth, a widow of impeccable taste and iron will, and her son Owen over a houseful of precious antique furniture. The story is largely told from the viewpoint of Fleda Vetch, a young woman in love with Owen but sympathetic to Mrs. Gereth's anguish over losing the antiques she has so patiently collected.

In Episode One, the cultivated Mrs. Gereth is worried that her son Owen will marry Mona Brigstock - she considers Mona to be brash and completely unsuitable. Owen soon gets engaged to Mona and expects to take over Poynton, the family's large country house, which is filled with valuable antique furniture, pictures and collections. Mrs. Gereth does not want to let go of the house, but she is even more attached to the contents.
Starring Roles: Pauline Jameson as Mrs. Gereth | Gemma Jones as Fleda Vetch | Ian Ogilvy as Owen Gereth |
Featuring: Diane Fletcher as Mona Brigstock | June Ellis as Mrs. Brigstock
Director: Peter Sasdy
Story: Henry James (1) | Screenplay: Lennox Phillips

14 :01x14 - The Spoils of Poynton: (2) Sharp Practice

Apr/11/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Owen asks his friend Fleda Vetch to help him to persuade his mother to clear out of Poynton. Mrs Gereth decides to move to another house on the estate, called Ricks. But she does not plan to lose her favorite pictures and pieces of furniture as well.
Starring Roles: Gemma Jones as Fleda Vetch | Pauline Jameson as Mrs. Gereth | Ian Ogilvy as Owen Gereth |
Featuring: Diane Fletcher as Mona Brigstock | June Ellis as Mrs. Brigstock
Director: Peter Sasdy
Story: Henry James (1) | Screenplay: Lennox Phillips

15 :01x15 - The Spoils of Poynton: (3) Trial of Strength

Apr/18/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Fleda visits Mrs Gereth at Ricks and finds she has furnished it with all the best furniture and pictures from Poynton. Mona Brigstock is angry with what she looks on as this theft. Meanwhile, Owen is now more attracted to Fleda than to Mona and tells Fleda of his love for her - but she says he should honor his promise to Mona, unless she lets him go.
Starring Roles: Gemma Jones as Fleda Vetch | Pauline Jameson as Mrs. Gereth | Ian Ogilvy as Owen Gereth |
Featuring: Diane Fletcher as Mona Brigstock | June Ellis as Mrs. Brigstock
Director: Peter Sasdy
Story: Henry James (1) | Screenplay: Lennox Phillips

16 :01x16 - The Spoils of Poynton: (4) Retribution

Apr/25/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Mrs Gereth returns all the best furniture to Poynton, just before Owen and Mona get married, and they go abroad on their honeymoon. Owen writes to Fleda, inviting her to choose one item from the house for herself. She goes to Poynton, but what she finds upon arrival is tragic, and the fate of the Spoils of Poynton is forever settled.
Starring Roles: Gemma Jones as Fleda Vetch | Pauline Jameson as Mrs. Gereth | Ian Ogilvy as Owen Gereth |
Featuring: Diane Fletcher as Mona Brigstock | June Ellis as Mrs. Brigstock
Director: Peter Sasdy
Story: Henry James (1) | Screenplay: Lennox Phillips

17 :01x17 - The Possessed: (1) The Sins of Others

May/02/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

In this Dostoyevsky classic, the plot is complex. To assist viewers, this successful six-part BBC production uses narration to tie the scenes together and to introduce new characters. Set in Tsarist Russia in the mid-19th Century, the story's theme is the radical young against the establishment old and the conflicts that arise from their opposite viewpoints.

18 :01x18 - The Possessed: (2) The Cripple

May/09/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

The psychologies of both the landed gentry and the revolutionaries are further exposed as Peter Verkhovensky and Nikolay Stavrogin return to Russia from Switzerland and find that Nikolay's involvement with the half-witted crippled girl, Marya Lebyadkin, is about to cause a scandal. Peter wants to make sure that no scandal touches Nikolay — but his motives for preventing it are far from pure.

19 :01x19 - The Possessed: (3) The Convict

May/16/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Peter Verkhovensky reveals more of his manipulative tendencies as he moves Nikolay Stavrogin's wife, Marya Lebyadkin, to a waterfront hovel. His intention is to prevent the news of their secret marriage from becoming a scandal, and thereby hurting the revolutionary movement that Peter wants Nikolay to lead.

20 :01x20 - The Possessed: (4) The Meeting

May/23/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Verkhovensky, In true revolutionary fashion, turns to violence in a peaceful town by manipulating the so-called revolutionaries to kill an informer in their midst who was planted by Verkhovensky.

21 :01x21 - The Possessed: (5) The Fire

May/30/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

The convict, spurred on by revolutionary manipulator Peter Verkhovensky, kills the Lebyadkins. Nikolay Stavrogin, who had objected to their murder but did nothing to prevent it, confesses his knowledge of it to Lisa Drosdov, the woman who loves him. She goes to the Lebyadkin house (in the district the convict has set on fire to conceal the murders) and she is killed by an angry mob.

22 :01x22 - The Possessed: (6) The Final Murder

Jun/06/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

There is more death, more scheming — but still no revolution. All of the intrigue has come to nothing. Verkhovensky, who has controlled the characters around him like a master puppeteer, brings about the murder of Shatov. Kirilov finally overcomes his fear of death and commits suicide, after confessing to the murder of Shatov - which he really didn't commit. When someone reveals the identity of the true assassins, the revolutionary group is destroyed. All are arrested except Verkhovensky, who has disappeared. Nikolay Stavrogin, realizing the deaths he has caused by his indifference, takes desperate measures himself.

23 :01x23 - Pere Goriot: (1) Gilded Youth

Jun/13/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Mme. Vauquer's boarding house is not just any French boarding house. It is Balzac's brilliant and incisive example of "the human comedy", containing people who at first glance seem to be normal middle-class citizens, but who really personify every kind of greed and ambition.

In the first episode, we meet Mme. Vauquer and her interesting boarders.

24 :01x24 - Pere Goriot: (2) The Mandarin

Jun/20/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Determined to improve his position in Paris, the impecunious Eugene has introduced himself to an aristocratic relative, Mme. De Beauseant. In the callous society of post-Napoleonic France, greed and ambition take center stage, as a growing atmosphere of evil pervades in part two of this four-part adaptation of Balzac's novel.

25 :01x25 - Pere Goriot: (3) Vautrin

Jun/27/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Everyone's hopes and motives clash as villainous manipulator Vautrin and misguided Father Goriot weave their misdirected plots. Eugene falls in love with Goriot's daughter, Delphine. Desperately in need of money, he finds himself about to agree to the plan for murder conceived by the philosopher of evil, Vautrin.

26 :01x26 - Pere Goriot: (4) Father

Jul/04/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Vautrin has been arrested. With his last assets, Goriot has bought a house for Delphine and Eugene, but Delphine's husband, Baron von Nucingen, has threatened her with imprisonment.

27 :01x27 - Jude the Obscure: (1) At Marygreen

Oct/03/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

The six-part dramatization of Thomas Hardy's tragic story of bigamy, marital entrapment, illegitimacy, discrimination and religious hypocrisy. Hardy's tragic hero, a victim of the hypocrisy and social constraints of Victorian England, is Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason who has dreams of escaping the rural village of Marygreen to get a university degree and ecclesiastical ordination in the colleges of Christminster. His dreams quickly become an agonizing journey of frustration and destruction. His interaction with Arabella Donn and Sue Bridehead, the two women in his life, adds the extra dimension of a harsh attack on marriage and Victorian prudishness to the drama.

In Episode 1, We meet Jude Fawley, an orphan from a working class family, who lives in the village of Marygreen with his aunt. Jude has a passion for books and learning, and is determined to win a university education. His passion for a pig farmer's daughter, however, forces him into a brief, unfortunate marriage.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

28 :01x28 - Jude the Obscure: (2) To Christminster

Oct/10/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Jude moves to the city to work as a stonemason, save his money, and eventually enter college. After a meeting with his wise cousin, Sue Bridehead, Jude seeks out his boyhood schoolmaster, Richard Phillotson. Seeing that he can't dissuade Jude from pursuing his dreams of higher education, the schoolmaster writes him a letter of recommendation to Cardinal College. Jude is overjoyed, but his spirits are soon darkened considerably when the president of Cardinal College denies him entry to the school because of his impoverished appearance, low social status, and unorthodox self-education. Soon thereafter, Phillotson is appointed master at a much larger school in his hometown and asks Sue to enroll in a nearby college and become his wife. She neither accepts nor declines the offer, but gives him reason to hope for the future.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

29 :01x29 - Jude the Obscure: (3) To Melchester

Oct/17/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Jude has been employed in Marygreen as an itinerant stonemason since his rejection at Cardinal College. He meets a young cleric who encourages him to seek entry into a theological college in Melchester. Jude enthusiastically pursues this course, in part because he desires to see his free-spirited cousin Sue who is studying there. As the two become reacquainted, Sue reveals that she once lived in London for eighteen months with a Christminster undergraduate. When her liberated attitudes force her expulsion from college, she seeks refuge not with her fiance, the schoolmaster Richard Phillotson, but with Jude, who must resist his passionate desire for her. Their innocent but conspicuous night together, however, causes Jude to be expelled from his lodging, and he returns temporarily to Christminster. Phillotson asks Sue to marry him at once but she delays her response, insisting she must first receive counsel from her cousin. Soon after arriving in Christminster, Jude meets his wayward wife Arabella in a pub, who informs him that she has abandoned her second husband in Australia and asks Jude to spend the night with her.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

30 :01x30 - Jude the Obscure: (4) To Shaston

Oct/24/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Sue marries the schoolmaster Richard Phillotson in a fit of jealousy when she learns of Jude's earlier marriage to Arabella. However, she doesn't love Richard and soon seeks to end their marriage in order that she may live with Jude, who is her only relative following the death of her Aunt Drusilla. Richard agrees to release her from the marriage, though realizing their separation will most likely ruin his career. Sue joins Jude who is disappointed when he realizes her love for him is more spiritual than physical.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

31 :01x31 - Jude the Obscure: (5) To Aldbrickham

Oct/31/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

The return of Jude's former wife Arabella prompts the jealous Sue to finally sleep with her stonemason cousin and accept his longstanding marriage proposal. Arabella manages to upset their life anyway by revealing to Jude that he has a son, Juey, who was born several months after their brief marriage. Jude agrees to care for the child even though he hadn't previously known of Juey's existence. The family's life is further complicated when Sue becomes pregnant. Too jittery to wed, Jude and Sue soon become social pariahs in their judgmental society. Unable to find employment as a stonemason working on ecclesiastical buildings, Jude and his small brood decide to move to the country in hopes of finding work as an itinerant mason on secular buildings.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

32 :01x32 - Jude the Obscure: (6) Christminster Again

Nov/07/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Living a meager existence due to the scandal caused by their non-marital union, Jude and Sue move back to Christminster with their three children. Jude's eldest son from his first marriage, Juey, has been labeled an outcast by society. Pained and troubled, Juey is at the center of a multiple murder/suicide that devastates the family. Sue is driven from her unconventional relationship with Jude back into a more traditional marriage with her former husband, Richard Phillotson. A sorrow laden and drunken Jude is coerced into once again living with his first wife Arabella, however, the increasingly ill stonemason is still obsessed with Sue. Coughing uncontrollably and staggering into the pouring rain, Jude travels to Marygreen one final time to implore Sue to join him in renewing their life together.
Guest Stars: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley

33 :01x33 - The Gambler: (Part 1)

Nov/14/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

This two-part dramatization of Dostoevsky's 19th century novel centers on a wealthy, elderly grandmother and a Russian nobleman, whose passion for gambling greatly affects those around him.

In part one, we meet a young Russian nobleman, Alexei Ivanovitch, who is down and just about out. While visiting a German gambling spa, he recounts to a British friend the full extent of his involvement in the affairs of a Russian general and his family. The general had been mired in financial debt to a sleazy Frenchman and emotional debt to a cunning Frenchwoman. Alexei is in love with Polina, the general's daughter, who is the epitome of Russian passion and instability. Then...there is Grandma. Her death and fortune would solve the family's problems. However, she is very much alive and after traveling from Moscow, she arrives majestically at the German spa and decides to test her luck at the roulette wheel. Alexei, serving as her escort to the casino, is totally converted to the religion of gambling, the enticement that offers "one single turn of the wheel — and everything."
Guest Stars: John Phillips as General | Philip Madoc as Marquis de Grieux | Georgina Ward as Polina Alexandrovna | Maurice Roëves as Alexei Ivanovitch | Edith Evans as Grandmother | Tony Somers as 1st Croupier | Corin Redgrave as Astley | Lisa Daniely as Madamoiselle Blanch | Claire Maire as Madame de Cominges | Mary Huntington as Maria Filipnovna | John Slavid as 2nd Croupier | George Romanov as Baron | Fay Bura as Baroness | Harry Hutchinson (2) as Potapych | Rose Power as Martha

34 :01x34 - The Gambler: (Part 2)

Nov/21/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

Dostoevsky's tale about compulsive gambling continues. Obsessed with her new passion for gambling, grandma is losing a fortune and approaching complete ruin. Alexei, worried about Grandmama's infatuation with the roulette wheel, recounts his own story (in flashback) about his obsessive behavior and experiences with gambling fever, which can strike quickly and with devastating consequences.
Guest Stars: John Phillips as General | Philip Madoc as Marquis de Grieux | Georgina Ward as Polina Alexandrovna | Maurice Roëves as Alexei Ivanovitch

35 :01x35 - Resurrection: (1) Dmitri

Nov/28/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

"Resurrection" is a four-part dramatization of Leo Tolstoy's 1899 novel about the unlikely alliance between a prince and a prostitute.

In part one, the focus is on Dmitri Nekhlyudov, a handsome and sought after young prince who is utterly bored by the ease of his meaningless life. Following his duty as a juror one morning, Dmitri encounters Maslova, a prostitute on trial for murder. He recognizes her as a girl he seduced many years ago. Realizing that he likely played a role in pushing her onto the wrong path, Dmitri attempts to correct the mistake and to ease his conscience.
Guest Stars: Alan Dobie as Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov | Bridget Turner as Katerina Maslova | Eithne Dunne as Agrafena | Stanley McGeagh as Corporal | John Stratton as Maslenniklov
Director: David Giles (1)
Writer: Leo Tolstoy
Screenplay: Alexander Baron

36 :01x36 - Resurrection: (2) Maslova

Dec/05/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

In episode 2, the focus is on Katerina Maslova, a prostitute charged with murder. Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov has seen Maslova for the first time in ten years while serving as a juror in the court that is trying her for murder. The prince's old feelings for her — a mixture of guilt and love — are revived as he recalls a time long ago when he seduced and then deserted her.
Guest Stars: Alan Dobie as Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov | Bridget Turner as Katerina Maslova | Eithne Dunne as Agrafena | Stanley McGeagh as Corporal | John Stratton as Maslenniklov
Director: David Giles (1)
Writer: Leo Tolstoy
Screenplay: Alexander Baron

37 :01x37 - Resurrection: (3) Temptation

Dec/12/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

At her trial, Katerina Maslova is sentenced to four years of hard labor in Siberia. Prince Dmitri looks into the possibilities of an appeal, and quickly learns that justice has more to do with connections than crimes committed. When no news of an appeal arrives, the prince prepares to go to Siberia with Katerina despite the fact that, doubting his sincerity, she has refused his marriage proposal.
Guest Stars: Alan Dobie as Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov | Bridget Turner as Katerina Maslova | Eithne Dunne as Agrafena | Stanley McGeagh as Corporal | John Stratton as Maslenniklov
Director: David Giles (1)
Writer: Leo Tolstoy
Screenplay: Alexander Baron

38 :01x38 - Resurrection: (4) Resurrection

Dec/19/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

In the concluding chapter of Leo Tolstoy's haunting saga of the prince and the prostitute, we finally come to know how each of them is resurrected. For Prince Dmitri, it is his insistence on turning his back on the emptiness of the life of ease he was born into. For Maslova, it is the introduction to the very existence and true meaning of friendship in one's life.
Guest Stars: Alan Dobie as Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov | Bridget Turner as Katerina Maslova | Eithne Dunne as Agrafena | Stanley McGeagh as Corporal | John Stratton as Maslenniklov
Director: David Giles (1)
Writer: Leo Tolstoy
Screenplay: Alexander Baron

39 :01x39 - Cold Comfort Farm

Dec/26/1971
Masterpiece Theatre

This classic BBC production was originally aired in the U.K. as three 45-minute episodes. PBS elected to show Cold Comfort Farm in its entirety during one memorable evening.

Flora Poste, a recently orphaned London sophisticate of insubstantial means and no real ambition save becoming the next Jane Austen, cheerfully determines to find a relative who'll take her in. When she chooses an offer from the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm in Howling, Sussex, she expects it to "appalling but interesting". And the clutch of Gothic country cousins she finds there doesn't disappoint.

40 :01x40 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (1) Catherine of Aragon

Jan/02/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a six-part presentation that traces the monarch's lives and loves from age 18 to his dotage.

Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was the daughter of famed Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. Catherine was originally betrothed to Henry's older brother, Arthur, but when he passed away unexpectedly, Henry married her instead. Originally the couple had a happy marriage but Catherine was unable to conceive a male heir with which to continue the Tudor line of succession to the throne. This led to Henry seeking a divorce from Catherine and England splitting away from the Roman Catholic church.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Annette Crosbie as Catherine of Aragon | Dorothy Tutin as Ann Boleyn | Patrick Troughton as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk
Director: John Glenister

41 :01x41 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (2) Ann Boleyn

Jan/09/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

After Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boelyn, gives birth to a daughter instead of a hoped for male heir, relations between the two soon sour. Anne's enemies at court begin plotting against her and she finds herself facing the axe on charges of adultery.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Dorothy Tutin as Ann Boleyn | Patrick Troughton as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk | Wolfe Morris as Thomas Cromwell | Bernard Hepton as Thomas Cranmer | Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour | Sheila Burrell as Lady Rochford
Director: Naomi Capon
Writer: Nick McCarty

42 :01x42 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (3) Jane Seymour

Jan/16/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Henry's third wife, the sweet and virtuous Jane Seymour, gives birth to a long-awaited male heir which will preserve the Tudor line. Unfortunately, though the royal line is preserved with the birth of the future Edward VI, his frail mother dies of complications from the birthing process just six days later.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour | Wolfe Morris as Thomas Cromwell | Bernard Hepton as Thomas Cranmer | Patrick Troughton as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk | Basil Dignam as Archbishop Gardiner | Sheila Burrell as Lady Rochford
Director: John Glenister
Writer: Ian Thorne

43 :01x43 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (4) Ann of Cleves

Jan/23/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

In order to preserve good relations with Protestant German states, Lord Chancellor Thomas Cromwell arranges for Henry's marriage to Anne of Cleves. Unfortunately for all concerned, Anne is on the plain side in the looks department and her personality is not compatible with Henry's. But unlike predecessor Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves does not lose her head. She successfully negotiates an annullment with Henry and it's Cromwell who ends up getting his block knocked off.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Elvi Hale as Ann of Cleves | Wolfe Morris as Thomas Cromwell | Bernard Hepton as Thomas Cranmer | Angela Pleasence as Catherine Howard | Patrick Troughton as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk | Basil Dignam as Archbishop Gardiner
Director: John Glenister
Writer: Jean Morris

44 :01x44 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (5) Catherine Howard

Jan/30/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

The powerful Duke of Norfolk arranges for Henry's marriage to his very lovely niece, Catherine Howard. Unfortunately for all concerned, Catherine has a rather active libido which leads her down the path of predecessor Anne Boleyn.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Angela Pleasence as Catherine Howard | Patrick Troughton as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk | Sheila Burrell as Lady Rochford
Director: Naomi Capon

45 :01x45 - The Six Wives of Henry VIII: (6) Catherine Parr

Feb/06/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Henry's final marriage is to the virtuous and twice widowed Catherine Parr. Catherine, though forced into the marriage, develops a genuine fondness for Henry and vice versa but the Queen's enemies at court are trying to see that she follows in the footsteps of her predecessors Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
Guest Stars: Keith Michell as King Henry VIII | Bernard Hepton as Thomas Cranmer | Basil Dignam as Archbishop Gardiner | Rosalie Crutchley as Catherine Parr | John Ronane as Thomas Seymour
Director: Naomi Capon
Writer: John Prebble

46 :01x46 - Elizabeth R: (1) the Lion's Cub

Feb/13/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth R covers Elizabeth Regina's 40-plus-year reign, a time that transformed England from a tiny impoverished island into the world's most powerful nation.

The boy king Edward VI dies, and in accordance with the will of his father, Henry VIII, the throne of England passes to Edward's young cousin Lady Jane Grey, who has just married Lord Guildford Dudley. But Henry's daughter Princess Mary (whom Henry deemed to be illegitimate) wants the throne, and support rallies around her. Queen Jane is deposed, and then beheaded. The reign of 'Bloody Mary' has begun.
Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I | Bernard Hepton as Thomas Cranmer | Rosalie Crutchley as Catherine Parr | Basil Dignam as Archbishop Gardiner | John Ronane as Thomas Seymour | Ronald Hines as Sir William Cecil
Director: Claude Whatham

47 :01x47 - Elizabeth R: (2) the Marriage Game

Feb/20/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth begins to become more involved with her court favourite Robert Dudley whilst she is being courted by all the overly anxious heads of Europe determined to secure the young English Queen's hand in marriage.

Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
Director: Herbert Wise

48 :01x48 - Elizabeth R: (3) Shadow in the Sun

Feb/27/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth meets Francois, Duke of Anjou. A marriage would cement France's desired alliance with England. Both Sir William Cecil and Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, eagerly support this potential marriage. Despite the Puritans' rousing opposition in the country, Elizabeth seems taken with the witty and smooth Francois. When her duties as Queen clash with her feelings as a woman, Elizabeth faces her toughest decision. In the end, her good friend and counselor Sussex helps Elizabeth make her painfully honest, final decision. Elizabeth does not want to marry - ever!
Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I

49 :01x49 - Elizabeth R: (4) Horrible Conspiracies

Mar/05/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth's neverending battle of wits with the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots almost costs Elizabeth her life.
Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
Director: Rod Graham

50 :01x50 - Elizabeth R: (5) the Enterprise of England

Mar/12/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth's former brother in law Philip of Spain vows revenge on his long standing rival for both Mary's execution and the constant pillaging of Spain's treasure ships by Sir Francis Drake.
Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
Writer: John Prebble

51 :01x51 - Elizabeth R: (6) Sweet England's Pride

Mar/19/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Elizabeth's favour falls on the brash young Earl of Essex, who through his hot headed behaviour alienates the formerly besotted Queen who is put into the agonizing position of ordering his execution as a danger to the state. Elizabeth's own slow death then follows not long after ending an eventful but glorious reign
Guest Stars: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
Director: Rod Graham
Writer: Ian Rodger

52 :01x52 - The Last of the Mohicans: (1) Part I

Mar/26/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

In 1757, half sisters Alice and Cora Munro set out on a journey to join their father, the British commander of Fort William Henry, located on the New York frontier. Unfortunately for the two damsels it will be a long and treacherous journey filled with peril at the hands of hostile Native American tribesmen. Helping the two sisters along the way are frontier scout Hawkeye and his two Native American companions, Uncas and Chingachgook.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

53 :01x53 - The Last of the Mohicans: (2) Part II

Apr/02/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Betrayed by their guide, Magua, the travel party takes shelter in a cave and attempts to fend off a group of hostile Hurons. Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook manage to slip away and head for Fort William Henry to get help. They're unaware that the fort has been surrounded by French and Huron forces led by General Montcalm.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

54 :01x54 - The Last of the Mohicans: (3) Part III

Apr/09/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Major Hayward and the Munro sisters are captured by Magua who offers to free Alice and the Major provided Cora comes to live amongst the Hurons as his wife. Meanwhile, Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook are nearby planning a rescue attempt.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

55 :01x55 - The Last of the Mohicans: (4) Part IV

Apr/16/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

The party finally makes it through French and Huron lines to reach besieged Fort William Henry only to have Colonel Munro receive orders from his superiors to surrender the outpost.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

56 :01x56 - The Last of the Mohicans: (5) Part V

Apr/23/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Colonel Munro agrees to surrender Fort William Henry and General Montcalm agrees to let the British garrison depart under honorable terms but Magua begins plotting a full-scale massacre.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

57 :01x57 - The Last of the Mohicans: (6) Part VI

Apr/30/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

The Hurons attack a detachment of British troops and civilians who are are departing Fort William Henry after its surrender. It's deja vu all over again for Cora and Alice Munro when they are abducted by Magua who still desires Cora to be his woman. Hawkeye and Company, accompanied by Major Hayward and Colonel Munro, take off in pursuit of Magua but things begin looking bleak when Uncas gets captured.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

58 :01x58 - The Last of the Mohicans: (7) Part VII

May/07/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Alice and Uncas are rescued from the Huron village but there's still the matter of Cora whom Magua has stashed at a nearby Delaware encampment. Hawkeye and Company head to this second village to try and persuade the Delaware to set Cora free.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney

59 :01x59 - The Last of the Mohicans: (8) Part VIII

May/14/1972
Masterpiece Theatre

Hawkeye and Company persuade the Delaware to join them in an attack on a Huron encampment where Cora Munro is being held captive by Magua.
Guest Stars: Andrew Crawford as Colonel Munro | Joanna David as Alice Munro | John Abineri as Chingachgook | Kenneth Ives as Hawkeye | Patricia Maynard as Cora Munro | Philip Madoc as Magua | Richard Warwick as Uncas | Tim Goodman as Major Duncan Hayward
Director: David Maloney
Warning: Masterpiece guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: | Drama
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 10, 1971
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