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Masterpiece Episode: "Lucky Jim"

Season 31, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Stephen Tompkinson is “Lucky Jim” Dixon, a constantly set-upon lecturer at an obscure British university, in a low-key adaptation of Kingsley Amis's 1954 comic novel. “I was going to make history by teaching it,” Jim says wearily, looking back at his grand ambition. Standing in Jim's way is his arrogant, bumbling department head, Neddy Welch (Robert Hardy). Jim's love life is no more promising: the woman (Keeley Hawes) he pines for is “tied up” with Neddy's haughty artist son (Stephen Mangan).
Original Air Date: Feb 25, 2002
Guest Cast Hermione Norris: Carol Goldsmith Helen McCrory: Margaret Peel Anthony Calf: Cecil Goldsmith Robert Hardy: Neddy Welch Dorian Lough: Tax Driver David Ryall: Stanley Robert Wilfort: Evan Johns Hugh Parker: Alfred Beesley Denis Lawson: Julius Gore-Urqhart Penelope Wilton: Celia Welch Ursula Jones: Mrs. Cutler Stephen Mangan: Bertrand Welch Keeley Hawes: Christine Callaghan Anthony Smee: Mr. Pringle Rick Warden: Mr. Catchpole Stephen Tompkinson: Jim Dixon Ian Lindsay: Bus Conductor Tim Wylton: Mr. Wilson

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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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