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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 32, Episode 20 The Peculiar Second Marriage of Archie Jones and the Temptation of Samad Iqbal

First Aired: May 11, 2003

A two-part adaptation of “White Teeth,” Zadie Smith's comic novel following two lifelong friends---a milquetoast Englishman and a tormented Bangladeshi---in multiracial North London from 1974 to 1992. As it opens, Archie Jones (Phil Davis), having just failed in a suicide attempt, finds himself at a New Year's Eve “End of the World” party. There, he meets his wife-to-be, a lapsed Jehovah's Witness from Jamaica named Clara Bowden (Naomie Harris), whose stern mother (Mona Hammond) really thinks the end is nigh. Meanwhile, intellectual Samad Iqbal (Om Puri) must take a job as a waiter in his cousin's restaurant. Iqbal's marriage was arranged in 1946. But his wife-to-be, Alsana (Archie Panjabi), wasn't born until 1955, so he had to wait for her to grow up.

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Season 32, Episode 19

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