Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Episode: "Persuasion"

Season 38, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The venerable series "Masterpiece Theatre" changes its name but not its quality, delivering a solid adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," about 27-year-old Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins), who's facing spinsterhood when a past love, the handsome Capt. Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones), reenters her life. The strong supporting cast includes Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") as Anne's father, the crotchety Sir Walter Elliot. Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") joins the franchise as a host.
Original Air Date: Jan 13, 2008
Guest Cast Tobias Menzies: William Elliot Sam Hazeldine: Charles Musgrove Michael Fenton Stevens: Mr. Shepherd Finlay Robertson: James Benwick Stella Gonet: Henrietta Musgrove Peter Wight: Admiral Croft Alice Krige: Lady Russell Anthony Head: Sir Walter Elliot Julia Davis: Elizabeth Elliot Sally Hawkins: Anne Elliot Nicholas Farrell: Mr. Musgrove Marion Bailey: Mrs. Croft Rupert Penry-Jones: Capt. Wentworth Mary Stockley: Mrs. Clay Amanda Hale: Mary Musgrove Joseph Mawle: Capt. Harville

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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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