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