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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 14 Wives and Daughters

First Aired: April 1, 2001

A four-part adaptation of “Wives and Daughters,” novelist Elizabeth Gaskell's 1864 chronicle of the life and loves of a young woman in an 1820s English country town. She's Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell), the 17-year-old daughter of a kindly widowed physician (Bill Paterson). As Part 1begins, Molly's sent to stay with a local squire (Michael Gambon) whose two sons are away---for now---at Cambridge. Meanwhile, her father is about to remarry, to a self-centered, manipulative woman named Hyacinth (Francesca Annis), whom Molly can't abide.