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

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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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