Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Season 1 episodes

The Last of the Mohicans, Part 5 Season 1, Episode 56

A decision faces Col. Munro in Part 5 of "The Last of the Mohicans": surrender, or a fatal defense of Fort William Henry. Andrew Crawford. Cora: Patricia Maynard. Alice: Joanna David. Gen. Montcalm: George Pravda. Alistair Cooke is the host. read more

The Last of the Mohicans, Part 4 Season 1, Episode 55

Time is running out for Col. Munro in Part 4 of "The Last of the Mohicans." His commander has ordered him to surrender. Kenneth Ives. Magua: Philip Madoc. Gen. Montcalm: George Pravda. Alistair Cooke is the host of the program. read more

The Last of the Mohicans, Part 3 Season 1, Episode 54

Magua captures Maj. Heywood, the fanatic David and the Munro women in Chapter 3 of "The Last of the Mohicans." Tim Goodman. Cora: Patricia Maynard. Magua: Philip Madoc. Alice: Joanna David. Alistair Cooke is host. read more

Resurrection Season 1, Episode 35

Part 1 of 4 of "Resurrection." read more

The Gambler Season 1, Episode 34

The conclusion of Dostoyevsky's "The Gambler." read more

The Gambler Season 1, Episode 33

Part 1 of a two-part adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "The Gambler." read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 32

The conclusion of "Jude the Obscure." read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 31

Chapter 5 of "Jude the Obscure." read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 30

Chapter 4 of "Jude the Obscure" dramatizes Hardy's view of marriage as an "awful solemnity." Robert Powell. Arabella: Alex Marshall. Sue: Fiona Walker. Phillotson: John Franklyn-Robbins. Drusilla: Daphne Heard. Dawlish: Michael Rothwell. read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 29

Chapter 3 of "Jude the Obscure" presents a romantic interlude to Hardy's cynical view of Victorian society. Robert Powell. Sue: Fiona Walker. Phillotson: John Franklyn-Robbins. Aunt Drusilla: Daphne Heard. Alistair Cooke is the host. read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 28

Chapter 2 of "Jude the Obscure." read more

Jude the Obscure Season 1, Episode 27

Chapter 1 of "Jude the Obscure." read more

Père Goriot: Father Season 1, Episode 26

Only one person remains unscathed in the tragic conclusion of "Pere Goriot." David Dundas. Goriot: Michael Goodliffe. Delphine: June Ritchie. Anastasie: Angela Brown. Mme. Vauquer: Pat Nye. Poiret: Michael Bilton. Mlle. Michonneau: Cynthia Etherington. Blanchon: David Weston. Mme. de Beauseant: Moira Redmond. read more

Père Goriot: Vautrin Season 1, Episode 25

Chapter 3 of "Pere Goriot." Eugene allies himself with Vautrin (Andrew Keir) as a murder conspiracy unfolds. Eugene: David Dundas. Goriot: Michael Goodliffe. Gondureau: Michael Robbins. Poiret: Michael Bilton. Delphine: June Ritchie. read more

Père Goriot: The Mandarin Season 1, Episode 24

Chapter 2 of Balzac's "Pere Goriot." Vautrin tries to strike a murderous contract with Eugene (David Dundas). Vautrin: Andrew Keir. Delphine: June Ritchie. Goriot: Michael Goodliffe. Victorine: Anna Cooper. Mme. de Beauseant: Moira Redmond. read more

Père Goriot: Gilded Youth Season 1, Episode 23

Chapter 1. Balzac's "Pere Goriot," the 1834 novel that attacked social-climbing within the bourgeoisie. Michael Goodliffe. Eugene: David Dundas. Vautrin: Andrew Keir. Delphine: June Ritchie. Anastasie: Angela Brown. read more

The Possessed: The Final Murder Season 1, Episode 22

"The Possessed" culminates in a series of tragedies---and a final twist. Keith Bell. Pyotr: David Collings. Shatov: James Caffrey. Marie: Angela Pleasence. Stepan: Joseph O'Connor. Virginsky: Keith Anderson. Kirilov: Tim Preece. Sofya: Patricia Heneghan. read more

The Possessed: The Fire Season 1, Episode 21

Pyotr's bloody plans for revolution are launched in Chapter 5 of "The Possessed." Howard Goorney. Pyotr: David Collings. Stepan: Joseph O'Connor. Lisa: Tracey Lloyd. Nikolay: Keith Bell. Virginsky: Keith Anderson. Lyamshin: David Hadda. Kirilov: Tim Preece. read more

The Possessed: The Meeting Season 1, Episode 20

"The Possessed," Chapter 4. The revolutionary Pyotr Verkhovensky tries to recruit Nikolay. David Collings. Nikolay: Keith Bell. Governor: Richard Warner. Blum: Michael Wolf. Stepan: Joseph O'Connor. Varvara: Rosalie Crutchley. Kirilov: Tim Preece. read more

The Possessed: The Convict Season 1, Episode 19

Chapter 3 of "The Possessed" reveals Stavrogin's marriage to Marya was more than a cruel joke. Keith Bell. Dasha: Anne Stallybrass. Stepan: Joseph O'Connor. Marya: Eve Belton. Pyotr: David Collings. Nastasya: Bee Duffell. read more

The Possessed: The Cripple Season 1, Episode 18

Chapter 2 of "The Possessed" focuses on a young girl named Marya, who seems to have a link with Stavrogin's past. Eve Belton. Stavrogin: Keith Bell. Pyotr: David Collings. Stepan: Joseph O'Connor. Dasha: Anne Stallybrass. Varvara: Rosalie Crutchley. Lisa: Tracey Lloyd. Lebyadkin: Paul Hardwick. read more

The Possessed: The Sins of Others Season 1, Episode 17

Chapter 1 of "The Possessed," based on Dostoevsky's novel about pre-revolutionary Russia. Keith Bell. Mme. Stavrogin: Rosalie Crutchley. Verkhovensky: Joseph O'Connor. Dasha: Anne Stallybrass. Shatov: James Caffrey. read more

The Spoils of Poynton: Retribution Season 1, Episode 16

"The Spoils of Poynton" concludes with "Retribution": a battle of wills and a fatal error. Pauline Jameson. Owen: Ian Ogilvy. Mona: Diane Fletcher. Fleda: Gemma Jones. read more

The Spoils of Poynton: A Trial of Strength Season 1, Episode 15

"The Spoils of Poynton," Chapter 3. Victorian ethics come into play as a romance develops between Owen and Fleda. Pauline Jameson. Fleda: Gemma Jones. Owen: Ian Ogilvy. Mona: Diane Fletcher. Mrs. Brigstock: June Ellis. read more

The Spoils of Poynton: Sharp Practice Season 1, Episode 14

Chapter 2 of "The Spoils of Poynton." The battle begins when Mrs. Gereth moves the treasures out of the house. Pauline Jameson. Fleda: Gemma Jones. Owen: Ian Ogilvy. Mona: Diane Fletcher. Mrs. Brigstock: June Ellis. Mr. Vetch: Christopher Banks. read more

The Spoils of Poynton: The Pride of Possession Season 1, Episode 13

Chapter 1 of Henry James' "The Spoils of Poynton" introduces the characters and their conflict over an estate. Pauline Jameson. Owen: Ian Ogilvy. Mona: Diane Fletcher. Fleda: Gemma Jones. Mrs. Brigstock: June Ellis. read more

The First Churchills: Not Without Honor Season 1, Episode 12

The final chapter of "The First Churchills" finds John and Sarah banished from court. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. George of Denmark: Robert Mutton. Louis XIV: Robert Robinson. Lady Fitzharding: Pamela Anne Davy. Alistair Cooke is the host. read more

The First Churchills: Breaking the Circle Season 1, Episode 11

"The First Churchills," Chapter 11. John reaps military victories; a rift develops between Sarah and Queen Anne. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Abigail: Jill Balcon. Louis XIV: Robert Robinson. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Robert: Richard Pearson. read more

The First Churchills: A Famous Victory Season 1, Episode 10

"The First Churchills," Chapter 10. John, now Duke of Marlborough, defeats the French in the Battle of Blenheim. John Neville. Louis XIV: Robert Robinson. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. D'Avaux: Roger Hammond. Stuart: Freddie Wilson. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Rochester: John Ringham. read more

The First Churchills: Reconciliation Season 1, Episode 9

"The First Churchills," Chapter 9. Europe seethes following the King of Spain's death; Churchill (John Neville) is named commander-in-chief of the army. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Wratislaw: Kenneth Ives. Heinsius: David King. Cardonnel: William Job. Cadogan: Bernard Taylor. read more

The First Churchills: The Queen Commands Season 1, Episode 8

"The Queen Commands," Chapter 8 in "The First Churchills," finds John arrested for high treason. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Queen Mary: Sheila Gish. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Heinsius: David King. Wratislaw: Kenneth Ives. Cardonnel: William Job. Cadogan: Bernard Taylor. Torcy: Derek Cox. Francis Godolphin: Richard Warwick. Henry St. John: Michael Attwell. read more

The First Churchills: Trial of Strength Season 1, Episode 7

"The First Churchills," Chapter 7. James II invades Ireland; the Churchills are dismissed from court. John Neville. Princess Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Harley: Richard Pearson. St. John: Michael Attwell. Somers: Charles West. read more

The First Churchills: The Protestant Wind Season 1, Episode 6

Chapter 6 of "The First Churchills." Revolution grips England when King James embraces a reign of terror. John Neville. James II: John Westbrook. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Queen Mary: Sheila Gish. Monmouth: James Kerry. Godolphin: John Standing. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Prince of Orange: Alan Rowe. read more

The First Churchills: Rebellion Season 1, Episode 5

Chapter 5 in "The First Churchills." The exiled Duke of Monmouth (James Kerry) launches an attack on England. John: John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Charles II: James Villiers. Princess Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Feversham: John Rapley. Godolphin: John Standing. read more

The First Churchills: The Lion and the Unicorn Season 1, Episode 4

"The First Churchills," Chapter 4. England's Protestant-Catholic struggle erupts. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Charles: James Villiers. Godolphin: John Standing. Anne: Margaret Tyzack. Monmouth: James Kerry. Oates: Nicholas Smith. read more

The First Churchills: Plot Counter-Plot Season 1, Episode 3

Chapter 3 in "The First Churchills." Charles II is faced with rebellious factions; John Churchill becomes involved in court intrigue. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Charles II: James Villiers. Shaftesbury: Frederick Peisley. Oates: Nicholas Smith. Godolphin: John Standing. read more

The First Churchills: Bridals Season 1, Episode 2

Chapter 2 of "The First Churchills." Sarah Jennings and John Churchill are wed; King Charles II arranges a marriage for his niece Mary. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. Charles II: James Villiers. Mary: Lisa Daniely. William: Alan Rowe. Hyde: John Ringham. Duke of York: John Westbrook. read more

The First Churchills: The Chaste Nymph Season 1, Episode 1

Chapter 1 of "The First Churchills," based on Winston Churchill's biography of the first Duke of Marlborough. In this episode, John Churchill (Marlborough) begins his army career. John Neville. Sarah: Susan Hampshire. York: John Westbrook. Charles II: James Villiers. Duchess of Cleveland: Moira Redmond. Godolphin: John Standing. Monmouth: James Kerry. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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