Masterpiece 1971 | TV Show Watchlist

Masterpiece

Photos  |  Cast & Crew  |  Episode Guide  |  Video Clips

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

User Rating:4.52 out of 5 (809 ratings)

Your Rating:

Season 36, Episode 12 To the Ends of the Earth: Rites of Passage

First Aired: October 22, 2006

Part 1 of 3. “To the Ends of the Earth,” a vivid adaptation of William Golding's trilogy, begins in 1814 England as young aristocrat Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) boards a ship for a six-month voyage to Australia. Among those he encounters: wealthy Mr. Prettiman (Sam Neill); pious Parson Colley (Daniel Evans); tyrannical captain Anderson (Jared Harris); and servant Wheeler (Brian Pettifer), who tells Talbot that the shaky vessel will “float till she sinks.”