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Masterpiece Episode: "To the Ends of the Earth: Rites of Passage"

Season 36, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 3. “To the Ends of the Earth,” a vivid adaptation of William Golding's trilogy, begins in 1814 England as young aristocrat Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) boards a ship for a six-month voyage to Australia. Among those he encounters: wealthy Mr. Prettiman (Sam Neill); pious Parson Colley (Daniel Evans); tyrannical captain Anderson (Jared Harris); and servant Wheeler (Brian Pettifer), who tells Talbot that the shaky vessel will “float till she sinks.”
Original Air Date: Oct 22, 2006
Guest Cast Tom Fisher: Askew Jamie Sives: 1st Lt. Summers Jonathan Slinger: Mr. Pike Sam Neill: Mr. Prettiman Paula Jennings: Zenobia Benedict Cumberbatch: Edmund Talbot Calum Callaghan: Willis Brian Pettifer: Wheeler Daniel Evans: Parson Colley Richard McCabe: Mr. Brocklebank Victoria Hamilton: Miss Granham Denise Black: Mrs. Brocklebank Robert Hobbs: Lt. Cumbersham JJ Feild: Lt. Deverel Chris Walker: Oldmeadow Jared Harris: Capt. Anderson

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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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