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

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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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