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Masterpiece Episode: "Small Island"

Season 40, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of a well-acted, two-part adaptation of Andrea Levy's "Small Island," about Jamaicans and Londoners during and after WWII. The drama opens in 1948 with the proud Hortense (Naomie Harris) arriving in London from her native Jamaica to find it nothing like she imagined, then flashes back to what led her to the present moment, including her marriage to a fellow Jamaican (David Oyelowo). Ruth Wilson costars as their landlady Queenie, who married for convenience, not love.
Original Air Date: Apr 18, 2010
Guest Cast Leonie Forbes: Miss Jewel Naomie Harris: Hortense Roger Sloman: Mr. Todd Ruth Wilson: Queenie Laurence Spellman: Ginger Benedict Cumberbatch: Bernard Bligh Peter Brooke: G.I. Ellis Shaun Parkes: Winston David Oyelowo: Gilbert Joseph Mary Jo Randle: Queenie's Mother Karl Johnson: Arthur Ashley Walters: Michael Roberts Glen Campbell: Mr. Philip Roberts Andrew Havill: Mr. Ryder Denise Black: Aunt Dorothy Nikki Amuka-Bird: Celia Eoin Macken: Calhoun Michael Elwyn: Doctor Mark Davison: Kip Hugh Quarshie: Narrator

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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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