Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Season 16 episodes

Love Song Season 16, Episode 30

The conclusion of "Love Song" picks up with William and Philippa (Diana Hardcastle) at odds over having a baby. Sir William: Maurice Denham. Dame Philippa: Constance Cummings. read more

Love Song Season 16, Episode 29

An intellectual rivalry propels "Love Song," a two-part drama based on a story by Jeffrey Archer. Part 1 opens in 1931 at Cambridge, where William Hatchard (Michael Kitchen) meets Philippa Jameson (Diana Hardcastle). Prescott: Adam Blackwood. Young Deirdre: Fiona Shaw. Sir William: Maurice Denham. Dr. Jakes: Toby Salaman. read more

The Death of the Heart Season 16, Episode 28

"The Death of the Heart," by Elizabeth Bowen, set in pre-World War II London. Portia Quayne (Jojo Cole) is a 16-year-old orphan who craves passion and a feeling of belonging, though neither is likely at the home of her half-brother (Nigel Havers) and his remote wife (Patricia Hodge). Matchett: Wendy Hiller. Eddie: Daniel Chatto. Daphne: Miranda Richardson. read more

Noel Coward's 'Star Quality: Bon Voyage' Season 16, Episode 27

A playboy (Nigel Havers) and a writer 13 years his senior find themselves fellow passengers on a cruise in Noel Coward's "Star Quality: Bon Voyage." Lady Bland: Ursula Howells. Irma Turnbull: Helen Horton. Sir Colin: Michael Aldridge. Mrs. Teitelbaum: Doreen Mantle. read more

Noel Coward's 'Star Quality: Mrs. Capper's Birthday' Season 16, Episode 26

Noel Coward's "Star Quality: Mrs. Capper's Birthday" presents a day in the life of Hilda Capper (Patricia Hayes), a modest widow---and the reluctant center of attention. Alice: Avis Bunnage. Maureen: Paula Wilcox. Mr. Godsall: Max Wall. Jack: Gary Waldhorn. read more

Noel Coward's 'Star Quality: Me and the Girls' Season 16, Episode 25

In Noel Coward's "Star Quality: Me and the Girls," Tom Courtenay plays a dying homosexual song-and-dance man recalling his one true love and his career on the road with a company of women. Mavis: Nichola McAuliffe. Harry: Robert Glenister. Prof. Lembach: Philip Voss. read more

Noel Coward's 'Star Quality: Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill' Season 16, Episode 24

Noel Coward's "Star Quality: Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill." Eustace Edgehill (Ian Holm) feels it's his duty to serve as the official British resident of a South Pacific Island---but his wife (Judi Dench) says she's not going. Cynthia Marchmont: Rachel Gurney. Sir Humphrey: Alan MacNaughtan. read more

Noel Coward's 'Star Quality' Season 16, Episode 23

Noel Coward's "Star Quality," set after World War II, deals with the battle of wills between a director (Ian Richardson) and an actress (Susannah York) in rehearsal of a new playwright's work. Bryan Snow: Peter Chelsom. Tony Orford: David Yelland. read more

Silas Marner Season 16, Episode 22

Ben Kingsley stars as "Silas Marner," the weaver whose life is changed when he takes in a young orphan. Adapted from George Eliot's 1861 novel. Godfrey: Patrick Ryecart. Nancy: Jenny Agutter. Dolly: Rosemary Martin. Older Eppie: Patsy Kensit. Younger Eppie: Elizabeth Hoyle. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 21

Richard can't ignore the warnings of war or the continuing investigation of Inspector Crabb (Jim Carter) in the conclusion of "Lost Empires." Nick: John Castle. Doris: Patricia Quinn. Nancy: Beatie Edney. Peggy: Carrie Davies. Maisie: Charlotte Plowright. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 20

Everyone comes under suspicion when a member of the company is murdered in Part 6 of "Lost Empires." Colin Firth. Nick: John Castle. Cissie: Gillian Bevan. Doris: Patricia Quinn. Archie: Walter McMonagle. Inspector Crabb: Jim Carter. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 19

A singer (Pamela Stephenson), whose beauty masks a depraved nature, takes a fancy to Richard in Part 5 of "Lost Empires." Otto: Alfred Marks. Nick: John Castle. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 18

Richard continues his affair with Julie (Carmen Du Sautoy) despite warnings about Tommy's temper in Part 4 of "Lost Empires." Nick: John Castle. Tommy: Brian Glover. Cissie: Gillian Bevan. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 17

Richard is heartbroken over Nancy's leaving---but is heartened by the thought of spending more time with Julie (Carmen Du Sautoy) in Part 3 of "Lost Empires." Nick: John Castle. Tommy: Brian Glover. Cissie: Gillian Bevan. Nancy: Beatie Edney. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 16

In Part 2 of "Lost Empires," Richard (Colin Firth) becomes entranced by Nancy (Beatie Edney), while Nick (John Castle) helps a suffragette (Rachel Gurney) disappear. Julie: Carmen Du Sautoy. Tommy: Brian Glover. Cissie: Gillian Bevan. read more

Lost Empires Season 16, Episode 15

Edwardian music-hall life is re-created in this seven-part adaptation of J.B. Priestley's "Lost Empires." In Part 1, Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) becomes an assistant to his uncle Nick (John Castle), a magician in a traveling vaudeville company. Nancy: Beatie Edney. Cissie: Gillian Bevan. Julie: Carmen Du Sautoy. read more

Goodbye Mr. Chips Season 16, Episode 14

Despite the hopes of Chips (Roy Marsden) that common sense will prevail, war breaks out in the conclusion of "Goodbye Mr. Chips." Mrs. Wickett: Anne Kristen. Kemp: John Harding. Staefel: Stephen Jenn. read more

Goodbye Mr. Chips Season 16, Episode 13

In Part 2 of "Goodbye Mr. Chips," Katherine (Jill Meager) earns the love of the boys and the respect of Mrs. Wickett (Anne Kristen). Chips: Roy Marsden. Mr. Moldrum: George Baker. Ralston: Michael Cochrane. read more

Goodbye Mr. Chips Season 16, Episode 12

"Goodbye Mr. Chips," a three-part adaptation of James Hilton's novel, stars Roy Marsden as the English schoolmaster. The drama begins as Chips recalls his arrival at the Brookfield school. Katherine: Jill Meager. Mrs. Wickett: Anne Kristen. Moldrum: George Baker. Mrs. Fuller: Hilary Mason. Colley: Paul Hawkins. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 11

In the conclusion of "Paradise Postponed," Fred (Paul Shelley) tells Henry and Leslie (David Threlfall) about the real motivation for the will. Dorothy: Annette Crosbie. Lady Grace: Jill Bennett. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 10

As the battle over the will draws nigh, Fred (Paul Shelley) senses he's getting closer to the truth in Part 10 of "Paradise Postponed." Dorothy: Annette Crosbie. Henry: Peter Egan. Lady Grace: Jill Bennett. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 9

Charlotte (Zoe Wanamaker) tries to thwart her husband's plans to send their son away in Part 9 of "Paradise Postponed." Leslie: David Threlfall. Simeon: Michael Hordern. Fred: Paul Shelley. Dorothy: Annette Crosbie. Mrs. Titmuss: Sylvia Kay. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 8

In Part 8 of "Paradise Postponed," Dr. Salter (Colin Blakeley) dies, Leslie becomes an MP and Agnes (Eleanor David) leaves Henry (Peter Egan). Fred: Paul Shelley. Dorothy: Annette Crosbie. Simeon: Michael Hordern. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 7

Part 7 of "Paradise Postponed" holds bitter memories as Agnes (Eleanor David) confronts Henry about his infidelity, and there's a grim gathering of the Fanners and the Titmusses. Charlotte: Zoe Wanamaker. Leslie: David Threlfall. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 6

In Part 6 of "Paradise Postponed," Leslie (David Threlfall) intends to stand for Parliament, and is determined that neither his wife (Zoe Wanamaker) nor his business partner (Andrew Bicknell) shall stand in his way. Fred: Paul Shelley. Agnes: Eleanor David. Henry: Peter Egan. Sir Nicholas: Richard Vernon. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 5

In Part 5 of "Paradise Postponed," Tom's old cottage is at the center of a dispute and Dr. Salter (Colin Blakeley) takes Fred as a partner. Henry: Peter Egan. Charlotte: Zoe Wanamaker. Leslie: David Threlfall. Agnes: Eleanor David. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 4

In Part 4 of "Paradise Postponed," Henry and Agnes (Eleanor David) return to England; and Leslie (David Threlfall) makes a name for himself in the Young Conservatives. Fred: Paul Shelley. Tom Nowt: Thomas Heathcote. Simeon: Michael Hordern. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 3

In Part 3 of "Paradise Postponed," Charlotte (Zoe Wanamaker) tells her parents she wants to marry Leslie (David Threlfall), who seizes the chance to exploit the situation. Sir Nicholas: Richard Vernon. Lady Grace: Jill Bennett. Fred: Paul Shelley. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 2

In Part 2 of "Paradise Postponed," Agnes (Eleanor David) tells Fred she's pregnant; and Henry (Peter Egan) turns down an offer from a Hollywood producer (William Hootkins). Leslie: David Threlfall. Charlotte: Zoe Wanamaker. Simeon: Michael Hordern. read more

Paradise Postponed Season 16, Episode 1

John Mortimer's "Paradise Postponed," an 11-part drama about a typical English town from the postwar era to the present. Part 1 begins at the funeral of Rev. Simcox (Michael Hordern), who shocked his family by leaving his fortune to a despised politician (David Threlfall). Henry: Peter Egan. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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