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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 David Ryall: Stanley Dorian Lough: Tax Driver Stephen Mangan: Bertrand Welch Anthony Calf: Cecil Goldsmith Anthony Smee: Mr. Pringle Robert Wilfort: Evan Johns Tim Wylton: Mr. Wilson Denis Lawson: Julius Gore-Urqhart Penelope Wilton: Celia Welch Hermione Norris: Carol Goldsmith Stephen Tompkinson: Jim Dixon Ian Lindsay: Bus Conductor Robert Hardy: Neddy Welch Rick Warden: Mr. Catchpole Hugh Parker: Alfred Beesley Ursula Jones: Mrs. Cutler Keeley Hawes: Christine Callaghan Helen McCrory: Margaret Peel

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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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