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

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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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