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Masterpiece Episode: "The 39 Steps"

Season 40, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: A suspenseful adaptation of John Buchan's thriller "The 39 Steps," about former intelligence officer Richard Hannay (Rupert Penry-Jones), who's pursued by the police for a murder he didn't commit and German agents in the weeks leading up to WWI. After a secret agent (Eddie Marsan) hands him a coded notebook, Hannay is targeted by friends and foe alike, but finds an ally in suffragette Victoria Sinclair (Lydia Leonard), who soon joins him on the run.
Original Air Date: Feb 28, 2010
Guest Cast David Gallacher: Professor's Butler Steven Elder: Vicar/Wakeham Patrick Malahide: Professor Fisher Alex Jennings: Capt. Kell Werner Daehn: Ackerman Rupert Penry-Jones: Richard Hannay Patrick Kennedy: Harry Sinclair Kathryn Howden: Landlady David Haig: Sir George Sinclair Peter Stark: Engel Lydia Leonard: Victoria Sinclair Eddie Marsan: Scudder Del Synnott: London Constable James Bryce: Concierge at Club

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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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