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

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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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