Episode Detail: Part 1 - The Thorn Birds
A two-part miniseries, based on Colleen McCullough's bestseller and set mainly in the Australian outback. As it opens, Mary Carson (Barbara Stanwyck) holds sway over a huge sheep ranch and an extended family, while lusting after an ambitious priest (Richard Chamberlain), who develops strong feelings for Mary's niece, Meggie (Rachel Ward). Fee: Jean Simmons. Paddy: Richard Kiley.