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

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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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