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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 Alistair Petrie: George Malcolm Raeburn: Parfitt Bella Hamblin: Clara Gina McKee: Irene Heron Terence Wilton: Beech Damian Lewis: Soames Forsyte Stuart Richman: Priest Ben Miles: Montague Dartie Barbara Flynn: Emily Jack Langham: Jolly (age 7) Ann Bell: Aunt Hester Jessica Fox: June (age 14) Joanna David: Mrs. Heron Rupert Graves: Young Jolyon Forsyte Jowanna Rose: Smither Tony Hadoke: Liversedge Amanda Ooms: Helene Corin Redgrave: Old Jolyon Forsyte Mark Chatterton: Porter Sarah Winman: Frances Wendy Craig: Aunt Joley Philip Rowson: Thripp Maggie Fox: Bibson Amanda Root: Winifred Judy Campbell: Aunt Ann Andy Quine: Pendicott Robert Lang: Swithin Ioan Gruffudd: Philip Bosinney Graeme Hawley: Gradman John Carlisle: James Forsyte

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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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