Season 38, Episode 1 Persuasion

First Aired: January 13, 2008

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.

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  • Premiered: January 10, 1971
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • 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 E… (more)

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