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Masterpiece

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PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 E (more…)

Premiered: January 10, 1971

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 30, Episode 1 Oliver Twist

First Aired: October 8, 2000

This striking three-part take on Charles Dickens' beloved rags-to-riches saga "Oliver Twist." Part 1 is a prequel, composed of material Dickens put at the end of his serialization of the story in 1839, frontloaded and fleshed out by British dramatist Alan Bleasdale. It's something of a riches-to-rags tale about Oliver's star-crossed parents (Tim Dutton, Sophia Myles) and the mess Oliver (Sam Smith) found himself in when he entered the world. Elizabeth: Lindsay Duncan. Edward: Marc Warren.