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Masterpiece Episode: "The Forsyte Saga"

Season 32, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The series presents a high-gloss remake of “The Forsyte Saga,” John Galsworthy's sprawling Victorian-family soap opera. The first “Forsyte Saga” (which premiered on U.S. public television in 1969) followed the often overlapping romantic affairs of one upper-class London family in 26 episodes. Here it's seven, and Part 1 starts out with young Jolyon Forsyte (Rupert Graves) dumping his wife for his daughter's governess (Amanda Ooms). Later, Jolyon's cousin Soames (Damian Lewis), an austere lawyer, falls hard for the cash-poor Irene Heron (Gina McKee). Bosinney: Ioan Gruffudd.
Original Air Date: Oct 6, 2002
Guest Cast Tony Hadoke: Liversedge Robert Lang: Swithin John Carlisle: James Forsyte Wendy Craig: Aunt Joley Ann Bell: Aunt Hester Philip Rowson: Thripp Graeme Hawley: Gradman Jowanna Rose: Smither Damian Lewis: Soames Forsyte Barbara Flynn: Emily Andy Quine: Pendicott Stuart Richman: Priest Jack Langham: Jolly (age 7) Corin Redgrave: Old Jolyon Forsyte Bella Hamblin: Clara Malcolm Raeburn: Parfitt Rupert Graves: Young Jolyon Forsyte Joanna David: Mrs. Heron Ben Miles: Montague Dartie Amanda Ooms: Helene Sarah Winman: Frances Terence Wilton: Beech Judy Campbell: Aunt Ann Ioan Gruffudd: Philip Bosinney Mark Chatterton: Porter Alistair Petrie: George Gina McKee: Irene Heron Amanda Root: Winifred Jessica Fox: June (age 14) Maggie Fox: Bibson

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: 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 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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