Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Episode: "He Knew He Was Right"

Season 35, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Jealousy consumes a Victorian husband in the two-part “He Knew He Was Right,” Anthony Trollope's 1869 take on “Othello.” The tragic lovers: feisty Emily Rowley (Laura Fraser) and her insecure husband, Louis Trevelyan (Oliver Dimsdale). The third party: a flirtatious, if not adulterous, friend (Bill Nighy) of Emily's father. In contrast, romances involving other characters play out with far less intensity. Screenwriter Andrew Davies updated “Othello” in 2002 for “Masterpiece Theatre.”
Original Air Date: Jan 9, 2005
Guest Cast Stephen Beresford: Richard Daniel Andre Pageon: Booking Office Clerk Simon Day: Club Member Christina Cole: Nora Bill Nighy: Colonel Osborne Laura Fraser: Emily Rowley Fenella Woolgar: Arabella Christopher Naylor: Glascock's Manservant Stephen Campbell Moore: Hugh Stanbury Ron Cook: Mr. Bozzle Anna-Louise Plowman: Caroline Spalding Polly Moore: Outhouse Maid Amber Batty: Olivia Spalding Katie McGuinness: Jenny Lynn Farleigh: Mrs. Outhouse Sinead Matthews: Mary Jane Lapotaire: Lady Milborough John Dougall: Club Member Maureen Bennett: Nurse Hannah Barrie: French's Maid Amy Marston: Priscilla Stanbury Geoffrey Palmer: Sir Marmaduke Caroline Martin: Dorothy Stanbury John Alderton: Mr. Outhouse Maggie Ollerenshaw: Martha Barbara Flynn: Mrs. French Alison Skilbeck: Mrs. Fairfax Patsy Palmer: Mrs. Bozzle Joanna David: Mrs. Stanbury Oliver Dimsdale: Louis Trevelyan Anna Massey: Aunt Jemima Neville Phillips: Sir Peter Mancrudy Sarah Crowden: Mrs. McHugh Raymond Coulthard: Mr. Glascock Laura Brook: Mrs. Spalding Geraldine James: Lady Rowley Claudie Blakley: Camilla Nathan Heath: Little Louis

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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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