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

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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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