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Season 38

1060 :38x01 - Persuasion

Jan/13/2008
Masterpiece Classic

In this debut of Masterpiece Classic; "Persuasion" is the first of the highly anticipated Masterpiece showcase of all six Jane Austen novels.

Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's life. Circumstances bring Captain Frederick Wentworth, a dashing naval officer she once deeply loved, back into her life eight years after Anne was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage proposal. Having returned from sea with a new fortune, Wentworth is surrounded by swooning women while Anne broods at the periphery, longing to be in Wentworth's favor. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.
Starring Roles: Sally Hawkins (2) as Anne Elliot | Rupert Penry-Jones as Capt. Wentworth | Anthony Stewart Head as Sir Walter Elliot. | Julia Davis as Elizabeth Elliot | Alice Krige as Lady Russell | Amanda Hale as Mary Elliot | Sam Hazeldine as Charles Musgrove | Michael Fenton Stevens (3) as Mr. Shepherd | Mary Stockley as Mrs. Clay | Peter Wight as Admiral Croft | Marion Bailey as Mrs. Croft | Jennifer Higham as Louisa Musgrove | Stella Gonet as Mrs Musgrove | Nicholas Farrell as Mr Musgrove | Finlay Robertson as James Benwick | Joseph Mawle as Henry Harville | Tobias Menzies as William Elliot | Brian Knight as Inn Keeper | Maisie Dimbleby as Mrs Smith | Sarah Buckland as Nurse Rooke | Sheila Ruskin as Fashionable Gossip | Tilly Tremayne as Viscountess Dalrymple
Director: Adrian Shergold
Writer: Jane Austen
Screenplay: Simon Burke

1061 :38x02 - Northanger Abbey

Jan/20/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Catherine Morland has an ordinary life and a feverish imagination. When she gets invited to Bath, Catherine is immersed in a world of elaborate balls and handsome men. When one suitor takes her to his family estate, Northanger Abbey, Catherine becomes mired in a world of fact and fantasy. Is there a dark mystery behind the locked doors of Northanger Abbey? Why has her budding romance suddenly been cut short?
Guest Stars: J.J. Feild as Henry Tilney | Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland | Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe | Catherine Walker as Eleanor Tilney | William Beck as John Thorpe

1062 :38x03 - Mansfield Park

Jan/27/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Fanny Price is plucked from poverty as a child and taken to live with relatives at stately Mansfield Park. Surrounded by entitled and vain cousins, Fanny forges a connection with one — Edmund Bertram. Years later, two neighbors fresh from a life in high society descend on Mansfield Park, sparking a labyrinth of intrigue and affairs. Fanny finds herself being pursued, but not by the longstanding love of her life. Can Fanny listen to her own heart and wait for her true love to notice her?
Guest Stars: Billie Piper as Fanny Price | Douglas Hodge as Uncle | Hayley Atwell as Mary Crawford | Joseph Beattie as Henry Crawford | Julia Joyce as Young Fanny | Jemma Redgrave as Lady Bertram | Maggie O'Neill (2) as Mrs. Norris | Tara Berwin as Young Maria | Lucy Hurst as Young Julia | Zachary Elliott-hatton as Young Tom | Greg Sheffield as Young Edmund | Blake Ritson as Edmund Bertram | James D'Arcy as Tom Bertram | Michelle Ryan as Mairia Bertram | Rory Kinnear as Rushworth | Catherine Steadman as Julia | Joseph Morgan as William Price | Stephen Tomlin as Baddeley | Holly as Pug
Story: Jane Austen | Screenplay: Maggie Wadey

1063 :38x04 - Miss Austen Regrets

Feb/03/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Approaching her 40th birthday, Jane Austen appears happily unmarried. When asked by her young niece Fanny to help her vet potential husbands, Jane's confident composure is threatened as she finds herself looking back on her own potential suitors and the choices she has made. Could potential family financial ruin have been averted if she'd accepted the proposal of a wealthy landowner? And what about the handsome young physician Jane meets as a result of a family illness?

Based on the life and letters of Jane Austen, Miss Austen Regrets tells the story of the novelist's final years, examining why, despite setting the standard for romantic fiction, she died having never married or met her own Mr. Darcy.
Guest Stars: Samuel Roukin as Harris Bigg | Olivia Williams as Jane Austen | Greta Scacchi as Cassandra Austen | Imogen Poots as Fanny Knight | Phyllida Law as Mrs. Austen | Pip Torrens as Edward Austen Knight | Harry Gostelow as Rev. Charles Papillon | Tom Hiddleston as Mr. John Plumptree | Hugh Bonneville as Rev. Brook Bridges | Tom Goodman (1) as Mr. Lushington MP | Adrian Edmondson as Henry Austen | Sylvie Herbert as Madame Bigeon | Jack Huston as Dr. Charles Haden | Jason Watkins (1) as Rev. Clarke | Sally Tatum as Anna Lefroy
Director: Jeremy Lovering

1064 :38x05 - Pride and Prejudice: (Part 1)

Feb/10/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Mr. Charles Bingley, a rich man from the north of England, settles down at Netherfield estate near Meryton village in Hertfordshire for the summer. Mrs. Bennet, unlike her husband, is excited at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) to the newcomer. At a local country dance, Bingley takes an immediate liking to Jane, while his best friend Mr. Darcy (rumored to be twice as rich) refuses to show an interest in anyone. Elizabeth's poor impression of his character is confirmed at a later gathering at Lucas Lodge. Elizabeth and Darcy verbally clash on the two nights she spends at Netherfield caring for the ailing Jane.

The plot thickens when a sycophantic clergyman named Mr. William Collins visits his cousins, the Bennets. He is the entailed heir of their home, Longbourn, and decides to marry Elizabeth to keep the property in the family. While on a walk to Meryton village, they meet members of the newly arrived militia, including a Mr. George Wickham. Elizabeth notices an apparent resentment by Darcy toward Wickham, and soon learns that Darcy cheated Wickham out of his inheritance. Darcy surprises Elizabeth with a dance offer at a ball at Netherfield, which she grudgingly but politely accepts. Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth the next day, but she resoundingly rejects him. While Mr. and Mrs. Bennet disagree about Elizabeth's decision, her close friend Charlotte Lucas sees an opening and invites Mr. Collins to stay at Lucas Lodge.
Guest Stars: Colin Firth as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy | Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennet | Benjamin Whitrow as Mr. Bennet | Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet | Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet | Julia Sawalha as Lydia Bennet | Lucy Briers as Mary Bennet | Polly Maberly as Kitty Bennet | Crispin Bonham-Carter as Mr. Bingley | Anna Chancellor as Miss Bingley | Lucy Robinson as Mrs. Louisa Hurst | Rupert Vansittart as Mr. Hurst | Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Catherine de Bourgh | Nadia Chambers as Miss Anne de Bourgh | David Bamber as Mr. Collins | Adrian Lukis as Mr. George Wickham | Christopher Benjamin as Sir William Lucas | Norma Streader as Lady Lucas | Lucy Scott as Charlotte Lucas | Lucy Davis as Maria Lucas | Emilia Fox as Georgiana Darcy | Anthony Calf as Col. Fitzwilliam | Tim Wylton as Mr. Gardiner | Joanna David as Mrs. Gardiner | Natasha Isaacs as Alice Gardiner | Marie-Louise Flamank as Kate Gardiner | Julian Erleigh as William Gardiner | Jacob Casselden as Robert Gardiner | Lynn Farleigh as Mrs. Phillips | David Bark-Jones as Lt. Denny | Paul Moriarty as Col. Forster | Victoria Hamilton as Mrs. Forster | Christopher Staines as Lt. Sanderson | Tom Ward as Lt. Chamberlayne | Bridget Turner as Mrs. Reynolds | Kate O'Malley as Sarah (Maid) | Marlene Sidaway as Hill (Housekeeper) | Roger Barclay as Capt. Carter | Alexandra Howerd as Mary King | Harriet Eastcott as Mrs. Jenkinson | Sarah Legg as Hannah (Serving Girl) | Roy Holder as Hodge (Gardener) | Neville Phillips as Fossett (Footman) | Sam Beazley as Priest | Annabel Taylor as Maggie (Maid) | Peter Needham as Baines
Director: Simon Langton
Story: Jane Austen | Screenplay: Andrew Davies

1065 :38x06 - Pride and Prejudice: (Part 2)

Feb/17/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Elizabeth is stunned and appalled when she learns that Charlotte Lucas has accepted a proposal from Mr. Collins. When the Netherfield party departs for London in autumn, Jane stays with her modest London relatives, the Gardiners, but she soon notices that the Bingleys are ignoring her. After befriending Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth departs for the Collinses' home in Kent in the spring. They live near Rosings, the estate of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and as Lady Catherine is Darcy's aunt, Elizabeth meets Darcy several times. Shortly after Elizabeth learns of Darcy's direct responsibility for Jane and Bingley's separation, Darcy unexpectedly proposes to her, expressing his ardent admiration and love despite Elizabeth's inferior family connections. Elizabeth flatly rejects him, noting his arrogant, disagreeable, and proud character, and his involvement in her sister's failed romance and Mr. Wickham's misfortune. Darcy justifies his previous actions in a long letter to Elizabeth: he misjudged Jane's affection for Bingley and exposes Wickham as a gambler who once attempted to elope with his young sister, Georgiana, just to obtain her inheritance. Back at Longbourn, Mr. Bennet allows Lydia to accompany the militia to Brighton as a personal friend of the militia colonel's wife. Elizabeth joins the Gardiners on a sightseeing trip to Derbyshire and visits Pemberley, Darcy's estate, during his absence. Greatly impressed by the immense scale and richness of the estate, Elizabeth listens to the housekeeper's earnest tales of her master's lifelong goodness, while Darcy refreshes from his unannounced journey home by taking a swim in a lake. After an unexpected and awkward encounter with Elizabeth, a damp Darcy is able to prevent the party's premature departure with an unusual degree of friendliness and politeness.
Guest Stars: Colin Firth as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy | Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennet | Benjamin Whitrow as Mr. Bennet | Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet | Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet | Julia Sawalha as Lydia Bennet | Lucy Briers as Mary Bennet | Polly Maberly as Kitty Bennet | Crispin Bonham-Carter as Mr. Bingley | Anna Chancellor as Miss Bingley | Lucy Robinson as Mrs. Louisa Hurst | Rupert Vansittart as Mr. Hurst | Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Catherine de Bourgh | Nadia Chambers as Miss Anne de Bourgh | David Bamber as Mr. Collins | Adrian Lukis as Mr. George Wickham | Emilia Fox as Georgiana Darcy | Anthony Calf as Col. Fitzwilliam | Tim Wylton as Mr. Gardiner | Joanna David as Mrs. Gardiner | Marie-Louise Flamank as Kate Gardiner | Julian Erleigh as William Gardiner | Lynn Farleigh as Mrs. Phillips | David Bark-Jones as Lt. Denny | Paul Moriarty as Col. Forster | Victoria Hamilton as Mrs. Forster | Christopher Staines as Lt. Sanderson | Tom Ward as Lt. Chamberlayne | Bridget Turner as Mrs. Reynolds | Kate O'Malley as Sarah (Maid) | Marlene Sidaway as Hill (Housekeeper) | Roger Barclay as Capt. Carter | Alexandra Howerd as Mary King | Sarah Legg as Hannah (Serving Girl) | Roy Holder as Hodge (Gardener) | Neville Phillips as Fossett (Footman) | Sam Beazley as Priest | Annabel Taylor as Maggie (Maid) | Peter Needham as Baines | Natasha Isaacs as Alice Gardiner | Jacob Casselden as Robert Gardiner | Harriet Eastcott as Mrs. Jenkinson
Director: Simon Langton
Story: Jane Austen | Screenplay: Andrew Davies

1066 :38x07 - Pride and Prejudice: (Part 3)

Feb/24/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Elizabeth and the Gardiners receive an invitation to Pemberley, where Darcy and Elizabeth share significant glances. The next morning, Elizabeth receives two letters from Jane concerning Lydia's elopement with Wickham. Elizabeth makes plans to return to Longbourn, while Mr. and Mrs. Bennet try to deal with the possible scandal; until they receive a letter from Mr. Gardiner, saying that Lydia and Wickham have been found, are not married, but will soon be under the Gardiners' care. As Mr. Bennet muses at how easily the issue has been resolved, Elizabeth informs Jane about her last meeting with Darcy, including her ambivalent feelings for him. Much to her surprise, Elizabeth soon discovers that Darcy played a significant role in the return of the errant couple. When Bingley and Darcy return to Netherfield in the autumn, Darcy apologises to Bingley for intervening in his relationship with Jane and gives his blessing for the couple to wed. Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who has heard rumours of an engagement between Darcy and Elizabeth, pays Elizabeth an unannounced visit. With desires for Darcy to marry her own sickly daughter Anne, she insists that Elizabeth renounce Darcy, but Elizabeth will not rule out a future engagement. When Elizabeth thanks Darcy for his role in Lydia's marriage, Lady Catherine's story encourages Darcy to reconfirm his feelings for Elizabeth. Elizabeth admits the complete transformation of her feelings - but will she finally accept Darcy's offer of marriage?
Guest Stars: Colin Firth as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy | Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennet | Benjamin Whitrow as Mr. Bennet | Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet | Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet | Julia Sawalha as Lydia Bennet | Lucy Briers as Mary Bennet | Polly Maberly as Kitty Bennet | Crispin Bonham-Carter as Mr. Bingley | Anna Chancellor as Miss Bingley | Lucy Robinson as Mrs. Louisa Hurst | Rupert Vansittart as Mr. Hurst | Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Catherine de Bourgh | Nadia Chambers as Miss Anne de Bourgh | David Bamber as Mr. Collins | Adrian Lukis as Mr. George Wickham | Christopher Benjamin as Sir William Lucas | Norma Streader as Lady Lucas | Lucy Scott as Charlotte Lucas | Lucy Davis as Maria Lucas | Emilia Fox as Georgiana Darcy | Anthony Calf as Col. Fitzwilliam | Tim Wylton as Mr. Gardiner | Joanna David as Mrs. Gardiner | Natasha Isaacs as Alice Gardiner | Marie-Louise Flamank as Kate Gardiner | Julian Erleigh as William Gardiner | Jacob Casselden as Robert Gardiner | Lynn Farleigh as Mrs. Phillips | David Bark-Jones as Lt. Denny | Paul Moriarty as Col. Forster | Victoria Hamilton as Mrs. Forster | Christopher Staines as Lt. Sanderson | Tom Ward as Lt. Chamberlayne | Bridget Turner as Mrs. Reynolds | Kate O'Malley as Sarah (Maid) | Marlene Sidaway as Hill (Housekeeper) | Roger Barclay as Capt. Carter | Alexandra Howerd as Mary King | Harriet Eastcott as Mrs. Jenkinson | Sarah Legg as Hannah (Serving Girl) | Roy Holder as Hodge (Gardener) | Neville Phillips as Fossett (Footman) | Sam Beazley as Priest | Annabel Taylor as Maggie (Maid) | Peter Needham as Baine
Director: Simon Langton
Story: Jane Austen | Teleplay: Andrew Davies

1067 :38x08 - Emma

Mar/23/2008
Masterpiece Classic

A 1996 ITV production for television; not to be confused with the 1996 theatrical release.

Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma's attitudes begin to soften...

1068 :38x09 - Sense and Sensibility: (Part 1)

Mar/30/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood have opposite approaches when it comes to the pursuit of love. One is tempered and rational, the other impulsive and full of youthful passion. The sisters attract a trio of suitors - handsome Edward Ferrars, heroic Colonel Brandon, and effusive John Willoughby. But are the men as genuine as they seem? A romantic odyssey full of seduction and abandonment unfolds in Andrew Davies's bold adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Guest Stars: Charity Wakefield as Marianne Dashwood | Hattie Morahan as Elinor Dashwood | Janet McTeer as Mrs. Dashwood | Lucy Boynton as Margaret Dashwood | Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars | Mark Williams (3) as Sir John Middleton | Linda Bassett as Mrs. Jennings | Tabitha Wady as Charlotte Palmer | Tim McMullan as Mr. Palmer | Rosanna Lavelle as Lady Middleton | Daisy Haggard as Miss Steele | Anna Madeley as Lucy Steele | David Glover as Foot | David Morrissey as Colonel Brandon | Claire Skinner as Fanny Dashwood | Leo Bill as Robert Ferrars | Dominic Cooper as Willoughby | Ray Gardner as Duel Doctor | Robert Forknall as Second | Steev Cornwall as Referee | Mark Gatiss as John Dashwood | Caroline Hayes as Eliza | David Charles as Dashwood's Footman | Jean Marsh as Mrs. Ferrars | Johanna Hargreaves as Servant | Morgan Overton as Little Henry | Oriane Messina as Maid at Cleveland | Damien Thomas as Mr. Harris | Roy Holder as Thomas
Story: Jane Austen | Screenplay: Andrew Davies

1069 :38x10 - Sense and Sensibility: (Part 2)

Apr/06/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood have opposite approaches when it comes to the pursuit of love. One is tempered and rational, the other impulsive and full of youthful passion. The sisters attract a trio of suitors - handsome Edward Ferrars, heroic Colonel Brandon, and effusive John Willoughby. But are the men as genuine as they seem? A romantic odyssey full of seduction and abandonment unfolds in Andrew Davies's bold adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Story: Jane Austen | Screenplay: Andrew Davies

1070 :38x11 - A Room With A View

Apr/13/2008
Masterpiece Classic

While vacationing in Italy, Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperon Charlotte chance upon an interesting socialist, Mr. Emerson, and his working-class son George. When piqued interest turns to potential romance, Lucy is whisked home to England by Charlotte before anything inappropriate can happen. Later in England, Lucy becomes engaged to a snobbish man named Cecil Vyse, but things get very interesting when Lucy discovers that George and his father have moved nearby.
Guest Stars: Elaine Cassidy as Lucy Honeychurch | Laurence Fox as Cecil Vyse | Rafe Spall as George Emerson | Sophie Thompson as Charlotte Bartlett | Mark Williams (3) as Mr. Beebe | Timothy Spall as Mr. Emerson | Sinéad Cusack as Miss Lavish | Elizabeth McGovern as Mrs. Honeychurch | Timothy West as Mr. Eager | Tag Stewart as Freddy Honeychurch | Christine Kavanagh as Mrs. Vyse | Yari Gugliucci as Paolo | Sheila Reid as Miss Alan | Paulo Malco as Fabio | Gilda Gradi as Signora Bertolini | Alice Bachi as Paolo's "sister" | Paolo Antonioni as Young man
Director: Nicholas Renton
Story: E.M. Forster | Screenplay: Andrew Davies

1071 :38x12 - My Boy Jack

Apr/20/2008
Masterpiece Classic

In 1914 England, patriotism is high in the early days of WWI, and writer Rudyard Kipling is one of its most eloquent and passionate voices. John "Jack", Kipling's only son, is underage, hopelessly myopic, and eager to join the war effort. Kipling's outspoken American wife Carrie remains more sanguine on the course of the war, and the fate of her family. My Boy Jack, based on a true story, tells of a nation at war, and offers an intimate portrait of one family's complex and divided experience in it.
Guest Stars: David Haig as Rudyard Kipling | Daniel Radcliffe as John Kipling | Kim Cattrall as Carrie Kipling | Carey Mulligan as Elsie Kipling | Julian Wadham as King George V | Martin McCann as Bowe | Richard Dormer as John O'Leary | Ruaidhri Conroy as McHugh | Laurence Kinlan as Doyle | Ciaran Nolan as Daly | Nick Dunning as Colonel Ferguson | Michael McElhatton as Leo Amery, MP | Peter Gowen as H.A. Gwynne | Brian De Salvo as Field Marshal "Bobs" Roberts | Simon Coury as Naval Doctor | Michael Grennell as Commander Egan | Lucy Millar as Mrs. Carter | Bill Milner as Peter Carter | Sean O'Neill as Mr. Relph | Peter Hanly as Major Sparks | Bosco Hogan as Colonel Brooks | Rory Rae as Postboy | Robbie Kay as Arthur Relph | Hannah McCabe as Nurse | Adam G. Goodwin as Captain Bruce | Peter O'Meara as Captain Viney | Billy Gibson as Maitland | Fred Ridgeway as Hobdon | Mark Huberman as Dying Soldier | David Heap as Colonel Hayden | Christopher McHallem as Mr. Lieuenthal | Jason Maza as Journalist | James Holmes as Photographer
Director: Brian Kirk
Screenplay: David Haig

1072 :38x13 - Cranford: (Part 1)

May/04/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Mary Smith arrives in the small, rural town of Cranford to stay with two spinster sisters, Deborah and Matty Jenkyns. Deborah is the dominating force in Cranford society, and the kind-hearted and eccentric Matty believes her to be the best judge in all matters. The Jenkyns are intrigued when Captain Brown, his daughter Jessie, and Jessie's ailing older sister move into the house across the street.

A handsome new doctor, Frank Harrison, also comes to Cranford. A young bachelor trained in London, Dr. Harrison becomes the talk of the town, not only for his revolutionary medical methods, but also for the effect he has on many female hearts. He soon sets his sights on Sophy Hutton, the rector's oldest daughter.

Ten-year-old Harry Gregson is caught poaching by Mr. Carter, the trusted estate manager of Lady Ludlow, Cranford's reigning aristocrat. However, Mr. Carter is so moved by Harry's dismal poverty, good nature, and intelligence that he offers to secretly teach him to read and write.

At Lady Ludlow's garden party, the ladies are scandalized by the news that a new railway line is to be built running straight through Cranford. Is this the end of Cranford?
Guest Stars: Eileen Atkins as Miss Deborah Jenkyns | Judi Dench as Miss Matty Jenkyns | Lisa Dillon as Mary Smith | Simon Woods as Dr. Harrison | Alex Etel as Harry Gregson | Claudie Blakley as Martha | John Bowe as Dr. Morgan | Imelda Staunton as Miss Pole | Julia McKenzie as Mrs. Forrester | Barbara Flynn as Mrs. Jamieson | Selina Griffiths as Caroline Tomkinson | Deborah Findlay as Miss Tomkinson | Hannah Hobley as Bertha | Andrew Buchan as Jem Hearne | Hester Odgers as Helen Hutton | Rosy Byrne as Lizzie Hutton | Kimberley Nixon as Sophy Hutton | Haydon Downing (1) as Walter Hutton | Alex Jennings as Reverend Hutton | Philip Glenister as Mr. Carter | Adrian Scarborough as Mr. Johnson | Francesca Annis as Lady Ludlow | Jim Carter as Captain Brown | Julia Sawalha as Jessie Brown | Greg Wise as Sir Charles Maulver | Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo | Bessie Carter as Margaret Gidman | Emma Lowndes as Bella Gregson | Andrea Byrne as Malachi Gregson | Lesley Manville as Mrs. Rose | Alistair Petrie as Major Gordon | Debra Gillett as Mrs. Johnson | Dean Lennox Kelly as Job Gregson | Finty Williams as Clara Smith | Michael Gambon as Mr. Holbrook | Imogen Byron as Kate | Hannah Stokely as Bessie | Roger Ennals as Mulliner | Patricia Leach as Gypsy Woman | Andrew Westfield as Farmer Graves | Joe McFadden as Jack Marshland | Adam Henderson Scott as Assistant Auctioneer | Andy Rashleigh as Mrs. Goddard | Martin Shaw as Peter Jenkyns

1073 :38x14 - Cranford: (Part 2)

May/11/2008
Masterpiece Classic

As winter approaches, Cranford is beset by sorrows and struggles to regain confidence.

Dr. Harrison's housekeeper, Mrs. Rose, discovers a leg of mutton has been stolen from the kitchen window on the very same night that Mr. Johnson, the local shop owner, is mugged. The ladies decide that a crime wave has hit Cranford. Mr. Johnson is convinced that Job Gregson, the local ne'er-do-well, must be his attacker and Job is arrested. Job's son, Harry, confesses to Mr. Carter of his own part in the poaching to save his father. When Mr. Carter pleads Job's case with Lady Ludlow, she is immovable.

Christmas arrives and Cranford huddles together to celebrate. Matty reconnects with an old acquaintance, Mr. Holbrook.

Meanwhile, Dr. Harrison reveals to his medical school friend, Jack Marshland, about his love for Sophy. But Jack, a perpetual prankster, is up to his usual mischief.

1074 :38x15 - Cranford: (Part 3)

May/18/2008
Masterpiece Classic

Dr. Harrison formally asks the Reverend Hutton for permission to court Sophy. Meanwhile, Caroline Tomkinson and Mrs. Rose, Dr. Harrison's housekeeper, are convinced he is in love with them, unbeknownst to the doctor himself.

All of Cranford gathers for May Day celebrations, but the day turns scandalous when town residents believe Dr. Harrison has been courting three women. Exposed as a philanderer, he is shunned by the town.

Sophy returns to Cranford ill with typhoid fever and Dr. Harrison is barred from tending to her. Meanwhile, disaster strikes at the railway works and the injured are taken to Dr. Harrison's for emergency treatment, his last chance to redeem himself as all of Cranford looks on.

1075 :38x16 - Inspector Lewis I: (1) Whom the Gods Would Destroy

Jun/22/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

Lewis and Hathaway head down a twisting trail rife with literary allusions and unexpected associations, after a middle-aged Oxford graduate turns up dead near his run-down houseboat. They discover that in his undergraduate days, he was a member of a club with roots in the Greek myth of Dionysus. But their search for clues closes when the victim's former schoolmates refuse to talk.
Guest Stars: Sasha Behar as Catherine Linn | Richard Lintern as Sefton Linn | Crispin Redman as Dean Greely | Sian Thomas as Ingrid Nielson | Adrian Rawlins as Harry Bundrick | Richard Dillane as Theodore Platt | Kevin Whately as DI Robert Lewis | Laurence Fox as DS James Hathaway | Clare Holman as Dr Laura Hobson | Rebecca Front as Ch. Supt. Innocent | Anna Massey as Professor Gold | Diana Payan as Petra Bundrick | Anna Madeley as Anne Sadikov | Ellie Kendrick as Megan Linn | Nicola Redmond as Tina Daniels | Martyn Whitby as Staunton | Mark Spalding as Love Lines Supervisor

1076 :38x17 - Inspector Lewis I: (2) Old School Ties

Jun/29/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

Assigned by DCS Innocent to chaperone a celebrity criminal, the so-called "first of the rock-and-roll hackers," on his controversial visit to speak at Oxford, technophobe Lewis is convinced that the assignment is a waste of time and mental bandwidth. Soon, though, two people are dead, and Lewis and Hathaway have their hands full with a trio of self-assured students and a high-profile professor, each of whom has a personal agenda and a potential motive for the killings.
Guest Stars: Owen Teale as Nicky Turnbull | Don Gallagher (1) as Professor Weller | James Russell as David Harvey | Frances Albery as Jo Gilchrist | Emma Campbell Webster as Caroline Morton | Tom Harper as Stephen Gilchrist | Kevin Whately as DI Robert Lewis | Laurence Fox as DS James Hathaway | Rebecca Front as Ch. Supt. Innocent | Stuart Milligan as Webster | Sarah Quintrell as Chloe | David Glover as Rev Kennedy | Ksenia Lavrentieva as Cleaner | Clare Holman as Dr Laura Hobson | Alex McSweeney as Paul | Illona Linthwaite as Daphne | Gina McKee as Diane Turnbull | Pieter Lawman as Jarvis | Maeve Rya as 2nd Reporter | Neil Madden as 3rd Reporter | David Baukham as Norman | Peter Symonds as Jackson (Porter) | Michael Wilson (2) as Prison Officer | Cathy Tyson as Dr Patterson | Niall Refoy as Charlie Read | Louis Hilyer (1) as Ray Hanson | Peter Aubrey as Skinner

1077 :38x18 - Inspector Lewis I: (3) Expiation

Jul/06/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

When an Oxford "soccer mom" is found hanged in her home following a visit from a mysterious stranger, Lewis and Hathaway uncover a web of family and sexual intrigue that convince them the initial suicide verdict may not tell the whole story. A renowned professor, near death and plagued by his own terrible secret, claims to hold the key that will unlock the mystery, but first he wants something from Lewis and Hathaway. As time passes and tension mounts, the partners worry that they may be staking the outcome of the case on a conversation between a dying man and a terminally damaged one.
Guest Stars: Emma Croft as Rachel Mallory | Eva Sayer as Anna Mallory | James Wilby as Hugh Mallory | Julia Joyce as Izzie Mallory | Adam Parkinson as Michael Hayward | Jonathan McCausland as Lucas Hayward | Vincent Regan as David Hayward | Lucy Robinson as Louise Hayward | Pip Torrens as Malcolm Croft | Ben Peel as Student | John Wood (1) as Edward Le Plassiter | William Houston as George Stoker | Carolyn Pickles as Jane Templeton | Kevin Whately as DI Robert Lewis | Laurence Fox as DS James Hathaway | Rebecca Front as Ch. Supt. Innocent | Sanchia McCormack as Bella Shepherd | Josette Simon as Stephanie Fielding | Jermaine Woods as Daniel Fielding | Wanda Ventham as Eleanor Mallory | Si Evans as Dr. Martin Cook | Timothy Carlton as Harris | Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson | Phoebe Nicholls as Caroline Croft | Chris Sunley as Technical Officer

1078 :38x19 - Foyle's War, V: (1) Plan of Attack

Jul/13/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

When a troubled young airman is found hanged, suicide seems the obvious explanation, but Milner has his doubts. Before he can test his theories, though, a shocking act of violence turns the station upside down, forcing Foyle out of retirement and Sam back into the driver's seat. It's soon clear that the alleged suicide is no open-and-shut case. Was the young man the victim of a love-triangle killing? What secret did he take with him to his grave? And does a German priest hold the key?
Guest Stars: Martin Hutson as Henry Scott | Malcolm Sinclair as Father Martin Keppler | Fiona Glascott as Jane Hudson | Vince Leigh as Adam Everitt | Julian Wadham as W/Cmdr Stephen Foster | Sheila Ballantine as Victoria Hammond | Nicholas Day as DCS John Meredith | Jay Simpson as Sgt Brooke | Anthony Howell as Paul Milner | Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle | Honeysuckle Weeks as Samantha Stewart | Philip Fox as Bill Burton | Robert Whitelock as Richard Waterlow | Elizabeth McKechnie as Joyce Meredith | Brian Poyser as Rev Aubrey Stewart | Clifford Rose as Bishop Francis Wood | Michael Jayston as AC Henry Parkins

1079 :38x20 - Foyle's War, V: (2) Broken Souls

Jul/20/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

The murder of an unpopular young doctor yields no shortage of potential suspects, including someone for whom the no-nonsense Foyle has a deep empathy. In the meantime, Sam comes to the aid of a friend whose husband, an injured POW, returns from the war angry to find that things at home have changed while he was away. When the perceived rival for his wife's affections goes missing, is the former soldier to blame?
Guest Stars: Joseph Mawle as Fred Dawson | Jonathan Forbes as Johann | Louis Nummy as Daniel Dawson | Natasha Little as Rose Dawson | Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle | Nicholas Woodeson as Josef Novak | Danny Worters as Tommy Crooks | Jay Simpson as Sgt Brooke | Honeysuckle Weeks as Samantha Stewart | Anthony Howell as Paul Milner | Duncan Bell as Iain Campbell | Alexa Gilmour as Peter Phelps | Sally Leonard as Joy Phelps | Phyllida Law as Lady Muriel Sackville | Graham Crowden as Sir John Sackville | Oliver Kieren as Julian Worth | Roger Sloman as Ernie Pond | Jesse Birdsall as Morris Crooks | Murray Ewan as Truck Driver

1080 :38x21 - Foyle's War, V: (3) All Clear

Jul/27/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

With the German surrender just days away, Hastings prepares for celebration. Changes — not to mention a few surprises — are in store for everyone. But first, there's one final case to solve. The murder of a local committee member puts Foyle at odds with his old friend, the American Captain John Kieffer, on whom the war has taken a terrible toll. As the investigation deepens, Foyle finds himself peering into one of the darkest corners of the war effort to uncover a devastating secret the Allies would rather keep hidden.
Guest Stars: Jay Benedict as Major John Kiefer | Joe Mantana as Colonel Steve Lukacks | Caroline Lintott as Receptionist | Honeysuckle Weeks as Samantha Stewart | Mark Hadfield as Spiv | Ian Hughes (2) as Ray Ingleston | Anthony Howell as DS Paul Milner | John Ramm as Dr Henry Zeigler | Polly Maberly as Edith Milner | Jay Simpson as Sgt Brooke | Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle | Marin Savage as Mark Griffiths | Jamie de Courcey as Peter Charman | Mark Bazeley as Martin Longmate | Frances Grey as Janice Hylton | Rowena Cooper as Eunice Griffiths | Frank Mills as Michael Brown | Carolyn Pickles as Anne Calder | Paul Thornley as Edward Hylton | Julian Ovendon as Andrew Foyle | Charles Clarke as Kid | Richard Hodder as Ambulance Man | Ellie Hadington as Hilda Pierce | Jed Burns as Paperboy

1081 :38x22 - Inspector Lynley VII: (1) Limbo

Aug/10/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

Six months have passed since a personal tragedy in Lynley's life, and Havers is concerned that her partner is drowning (and drowning in) his sorrows. As Lynley struggles to come to terms with his grief, he's unexpectedly drawn back into the 15-year-old unsolved abduction of his godson. A reconnaissance trip to Rome on behalf of the family ends in a second tragedy - with Lynley at its center. When Lynley is arrested for murder, he and Havers battle against time, the apparent facts of the case, and an ambitious professional rival - all to hopefully clear his name and find the real perpetrator.

1082 :38x23 - Inspector Lynley VII: (2) Know Thine Enemy

Aug/17/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

Lynley and Havers try to solve the murder of one schoolgirl and the disappearance of another. Is a serial killer on the loose in suburban London? What is the mother of one of the girls hiding? And who is the mysterious redhead seen with both girls before they disappeared? This psychological chiller pushes the detectives' friendship to the brink and leaves one of them questioning a critical judgment call.

1083 :38x24 - The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Shadow in the North

Sep/28/2008
Masterpiece Mystery

Victorian sleuth Sally Lockhart searches for a common link between the failure of several Anglo-Baltic shipping lines, with the disappearance of many ships. As Sally sorts out the threads of the mystery — a magician being pursued by thugs, a clairvoyant who sees a brutal murder in the woods and a rich, heartless industrialist on a mad mission — nothing fits together. But as she closes in on the truth, it becomes devastatingly clear that her life will be forever altered.
Guest Stars: Jared Harris as Axel Bellmann | Doña Croll as Nellie Budd | David Harewood as Nicholas Bedwell | Hayley Atwell as Rosa Garland | J.J. Feild as Frederick Garland | Matt Smith (4) as Jim Taylor | Billie Piper as Sally Lockhart | John Standing as Webster Garland | Antonia Pemberton as Miss Walsh | Owen Roe as Bram Stoker | Julian Rhind-Tutt as Alistair MacKinnon | Richard Clews as Mr. Windlesham | Phil Cornwell as Harris | Peter Whittington as Society Gentleman | Jack Brady as Sackville | Nicholas Blane as Mr. Harkness | Jenifer Armitage as Mrs. Jamieson Wilcox | Georgia King as Lady Mary | Roger Braban as Butler | Crispin Redman as Lord Wytham | Leelo Ross as Mrs. Mooney | Lyndsey Marshal as Isabel Meredith | Lorenzo Camporese as Painter | Nick Mason as Worker | Paul Copley as Paton | Nitin Ganatra (1) as Patents Clerk | Vyelle Croom as Mr. Brown | Adjoa Andoh as Jessie Saxon | Nicholas Gasson as Porter | Alan Barnes as Bellmann's Secretary

1084 :38x25 - The Last Enemy: (Part 1)

Oct/05/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

The death of Michael, an aid worker at an Afgani refugee camp who stepped on a landmine, sends his brother Stephen Ezard back home to England to mourn his death. He searches for more information on his brother's death while falling in love with Yasim Anwar, widow of his brother, becomes a pawn in a government technology surveillance scheme, and becomes a target for rogue agent David Russell. Can Stephen take control of his life while finding out more about his brother's death?
Guest Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Ezard | Anamaria Marinka as Yasim Anwar | Max Beesley as Michael Ezard | Robert Carlyle as David Russell | Eva Birthistle as Eleanor Brooke | Geraldine James as Barbara Turney | David Harewood as Patrick Nye | Christopher Fulford as George Gibbon | Alina Ioana Serban as Nadir | Tom Fisher (1) as Andrew Batz | James Lance as Bryan Holland | San Shella as Andrew Wilcox | Ovidiu Niculescu as Bepa | Alex Caan as Haman | Shiv Grewal as Azfal | Noma Dumezweni as Valerie | Simon Lowe as Simon | Jody Halse as Lee | James Holmes as Surveillance Man | Virginia Fiol as Surveillance Woman | Chipo Chung as Lucy Fox | David Calder as Lord Cawston | Nicholas Sidi as Professor John Moreton (as Nick Sidi) | Mircea Caraman as Dark Glasses | Sal Simone as Police Officer | Inika Leigh Wright as Charlotte Nye | Paul Higgins as Professor Lawrence Cooper | Emil Hostina as Vucevic | Claudiu Istodor as Hotel Porter | Rupert Procter as Lane | Josh Cole (1) as Port Security Guard | Jamie Kenna as Cleaner | Daniel Crossley as MP | Jon Foster (2) as Alan Summers | Christian Motiu as News Presenter | Radu Andrei Micu as Kroll | Jeremy Booth as Doctor | Nicola Stapleton as Caroline Scott | Nikki Amuka-Bird as Susan Ross | Kieran O'Brien as Wafa | Martin Fisher as Mortuary Assistant | Ken Flory as Cab Driver | Daniel Iancu as University Security Guard | Maria Roman as University Receptionist | Stephanie Brittain as Nurse | Robyn Isaac as Immigration Receptionist | Daniel Williams (2) as Jack | Grant Davis as Police Officer
Writer: Peter Berry

1085 :38x26 - The Last Enemy: (Part 2)

Oct/12/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

Stephen is kidnapped by Russell, who believes Stephen may be know crucial information. Yasim fears that Michael was murdered while trying to prove a link between a tainted batch of vaccine potentially used in the refugee camps and the virus that killed Nadir. Stephen agrees to help her find another scientist to carry out tests on Nadir's body, but there are other people with different plans altogether.

1086 :38x27 - The Last Enemy: (Part 3)

Oct/19/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

Stephen and Yasim join forces with Russell to find out about the tainted vaccine and what killed Nadir. Using TIA, they target a worker at the vaccine manufacturer to get more information. As Stephen uncovers more, he finds the vaccine factory is linked to the deaths of four leading biochemists.

1087 :38x28 - The Last Enemy: (Part 4)

Oct/26/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

Stephen and Yasim continue their pursuit of the truth about the tainted vaccine. After he has a blinding revelation, Stephen soon finds himself stripped of his identity and homeless.

1088 :38x29 - The Last Enemy: (Part 5)

Nov/02/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

Stephen must collect vials of blood from the dying refugees to have them inspected to see if the vaccine is indeed contaminated, and hopes to expose the findings before the evidence mysteriously disappears.

1089 :38x30 - God on Trial

Nov/09/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

Why is there so much suffering in the world and what kind of God would allow it to happen? Universal questions about faith and philosophy are at the heart of God on Trial, which was inspired by the legend that a group of concentration camp prisoners conducted a mock trial against the Almighty God. A physicist, a glove maker, rabbis, a law professor and at least one criminal weigh the evidence and offer thoughtful arguments taken from history, science, theology and personal experience. God on Trial explores unfathomable loss and unshakable faith.

1090 :38x31 - Filth!

Nov/16/2008
Masterpiece Contemporary

During the sixties, a suburban British housewife and art teacher Mary Whitehouse, starts a burgeoning grassroots campaign by simply uttering one word to describe what she was seeing on TV... filth. This word was aimed at BBC Director-General Hugh Carleton Greene, who she believes is largely responsible for indecency on television. A war of words and ideals ensues — one that still reverberates today.
Guest Stars: Julie Walters as Mary Whitehouse | Alun Armstrong as Ernest Whitehouse | Hugh Bonneville as Sir Hugh Carleton Greene | Georgie Glen as Norah Buckland | Timothy Davies (1) as Rev. Basil Buckland | Paul Westwood as Paul Whitehouse | Drew Webb as Richard Whitehouse | Jeremy Legat as Christopher Whitehouse | Ron Cook as Lord Charlie Hill | William Beck as David Turner | Nicholas Woodeson as Harman Grisewood | Nicholas Le Prevost as Ken | Emily Hamilton as Miss Tate | Hilary MacLean as Brenda | Stewart Wright (2) as Malcolm | James Wooley as Bevins | Mark Bagnall as Brummy Journalist | Francesca Hunt as Elaine Carleton Greene | Frog Stone as Miss Venables | Valerie Minifie as Vera | Nanci Veitch as Joan | Lucinda Chambers as Tania | Jessica Harper as Pam | Melissa Walton as Grammar Head Girl | Helen Grace as Charlotte Daubeny | James Scales as Cameraman #1 | Martin Trenaman as Cameraman #2 | Paul Chahidi as Sir Barnett Cocks | Alistair Findlay as Quintin Hogg | Sarah Whitlock as Mrs. Smallwood | Henry Everett as Capt. Of Greene's Team | Richard James as TV Journalist | Nicola Hollinshead as Russian Doll Mother | Doreen Ingleton as Anne | Louise Mardenborough as Nubile Girl | Greg Tanner as Police Constable | Barbara Phelps as Mrs. Grisewood | Richard Attlee as Journalist | Mike Armstrong as Audience #1/Interloper | Mike Sherman as House of Commons Reporter | Harriet Eastcott as Female Panelist | Simon Molloy as Male Panelist | Alex Knight as Doorman
Director: Andy DeEmmony
Writer: Amanda Coe

The Unseen Alistair Cooke

Nov/23/2008
Masterpiece Special

A profile of Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), the longtime host of Masterpiece Theater, as told in his own voice. Alistair Cooke filmed his early travels across the United States with an 8mm camera. The footage, discovered only after his death, offers a record of the unseen life behind Cooke's polished words, against a backdrop of an America sparkling with possibilities. He includes his relationships with Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, interviews with family and friends, and Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton.

Marking the November 2008 centennial of his birth, The Unseen Alistair Cooke: A Masterpiece Special, turns an admiring eye on the master observer.
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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