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

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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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