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

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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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