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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 31, Episode 19 The Road from Coorain

First Aired: May 13, 2002

An Australian-TV adaptation of Jill Ker Conway's memoir “The Road from Coorain” chronicles the academic's childhood on a New South Wales sheep ranch in the late 1930s and '40s, and her high-achieving college years in Sydney. “However hard I try to tell my own story,” the adult Jill (Katherine Slattery) says in a voice-over, “it becomes the story of my mother” (Juliet Stevenson), who raises her “to understand duty.” But as a girl, Jill develops just as close a tie with her less-tightly-wound father (Richard Boxburgh). And as a young woman she meets an American (Tim Guinee), who loosens her even more.