Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Episode: "Pollyanna"

Season 34, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: “Pollyanna,” Eleanor H. Porter's timeless tale of a sunny young girl (Georgina Terry) who goes to live with her sourpuss Aunt Polly (Amanda Burton) when her father dies. “There's always something to be glad about” is the 11-year-old Pollyanna's motto, and whether it's matching Aunt Polly's maid (Kate Ashfield) and shy handyman (Tom Ellis), or trying to find a home for another orphan (Ben Thornton), she's always trying to spread joy. But Aunt Polly won't play her “glad game,” and Pollyanna can't figure out why not. Screenwriter Simon Nye (“The Railway Children”) changed the setting of Porter's 1913 novel from New England to Britain. Pendleton: Kenneth Cranham. Dr. Chiltern: Aden Gillett.
Original Air Date: Nov 28, 2004
Guest Cast Amanda Walker: Widow Benton Georgina Terry: Pollyanna Whittier Kate Ashfield: Nancy David Bamber: Rev. Ford Nicola Duffett: Mrs. Payson James Vaughan: Dr. Mead Ben Thornton: Jimmy Bean Charlotte West-Oram: Ladies Aid Lady Geraldine Fitzgerald: Ladies Aid Lady Judy Flynn: Milly Snow Kenneth Cranham: Mr. Pendleton Amanda Burton: Aunt Polly Aden Gillett: Dr. Chiltern Tom Bell: Old Tom Pam Snow: Mrs. Ferris Jan Carey: Mr. Pendleton's Maid Tim Ellis: Tim Jane Nash: Mrs. Ford Roland MacLeod: Dr. Warren Gaye Brown: Ladies Aid Lady Jane Whittenshaw: Ladies Aid Lady Vicky Ogden: Nurse Hunt

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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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