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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 29, Episode 12 Madame Bovary

First Aired: February 6, 2000

Frances O'Connor (“Mansfield Park”) stars in a two-part adaptation of “Madame Bovary,” Gustave Flaubert's classic novel about an adulteress's quest for fulfillment. As Part 1 opens (in 1830s France), young Emma Rouault (O'Connor) is in a convent. But not for long. She marries country doctor Charles Bovary (Hugh Bonneville), but he can't satisfy her. Next, she is aroused---but unfulfilled---by a young clerk named Leon (Hugh Dancy). Then she meets the dashing Rodolphe (Greg Wise). Rouault: Trevor Peacock.