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Masterpiece Season 17 episodes

By the Sword Divided II: Restoration 1660 Season 17, Episode 35

"By the Sword Divided II," conclusion. King Charles II (Simon Treves) is restored to the throne; John (Rob Edwards) is arrested; Tom returns as the rightful heir to Arnescote. Tom: Timothy Bentinck. Ann: Sharon Mughan. Frances: Joanna McCallum. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Retribution 1658 Season 17, Episode 34

"By the Sword Divided II," Part 6. Tom (Timothy Bentinck) swears to defend the Lacey name by killing Ann's lover (Gareth Thomas); Cromwell (Peter Jeffrey) lies on his deathbed. Ann: Sharon Mughan. Frances: Joanna McCallum. Lucinda: Lucy Aston. Dick: Peter Guinness. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Forlorn Hope Season 17, Episode 33

"By the Sword Divided II," Part 5. The Royalists plan to storm Arnescote and make it a base for their cause. Bert Parnaby. Tom: Timothy Bentinck. Lucinda: Lucy Aston. Edward: Peter Birch. Ann: Sharon Mughan. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Fateful Days Season 17, Episode 32

"By the Sword Divided II," Part 4. Cromwell (Peter Jeffrey) names himself Lord Protector and promotes John (Rob Edwards) to Assistant Secretary of State. Meanwhile, the future looks less certain for servant Hugh (Simon Butteriss) and for John and Ann's marriage. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Escape Season 17, Episode 31

In Part 3 of "By the Sword Divided II," Tom and Edward escape Cromwell's forces with King Charles II (Simon Treves). Tom: Timothy Bentinck. Edward: Peter Birch. Lucinda: Lucy Aston. Ann: Sharon Mughan. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Witch Hunt Season 17, Episode 30

Witch hunts commence in Part 2 of "By the Sword Divided II" with the arrival of a fire-and-brimstone preacher (Malcolm Terris). Snelling: Christopher Neame. Ann: Sharon Mughan. Rachel: Deborah Goodman. John: Rob Edwards. Minty: Eileen Way. read more

By the Sword Divided II: Cruel Necessity Season 17, Episode 29

"By the Sword Divided," a seven-part sequel to the series about the British Civil War, opens in 1649 with the trial of Charles I (Jeremy Clyde). Lucinda: Lucy Aston. Ann: Sharon Mughan. Tom: Timothy Bentinck. John Fletcher: Rob Edwards. Cromwell: Peter Jeffrey. read more

David Copperfield Season 17, Episode 28

Conclusion. "David Copperfield" (Colin Hurley) marries Dora (Francesca Hall) and joins forces with Traddles and Micawber (Neal Swettenham, Simon Callow) to confront the despicable Uriah Heep (Paul Brightwell). Agnes: Natalie Ogle. read more

David Copperfield Season 17, Episode 27

In Part 4, "David Copperfield" confesses his love to Dora (Francesca Hall); and Agnes is concerned with Uriah Heep becoming her father's law partner. Agnes: Natalie Ogle. Heep: Paul Brightwell. Steerforth: Jeremy Brudenell. Peggotty: Jenny McCracken. Aunt Betsey: Brenda Bruce. read more

David Copperfield Season 17, Episode 26

Part 3. The next years pass pleasantly for "David Copperfield" (Nolan Hemmings), who finally attends a good school. Older David: Colin Hurley. Steerforth: Jeremy Brudenell. Uriah Heep: Paul Brightwell. read more

David Copperfield Season 17, Episode 25

In Part 2 of "David Copperfield," the boy (Nolan Hemmings) returns home when his mother dies and is sent to work in London, where he lodges with Micawber (Simon Callow). Mrs. Micawber: Sandra Payne. Steerforth: Jeremy Brudenell. Pegotty: Jenny McCracken. read more

David Copperfield Season 17, Episode 24

A five-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic "David Copperfield." In Part 1, David (David Dexter) enjoys an idyllic childhood until the humorless Mr. Murdstone (Oliver Cotton) marries his mother (Francesca Hall). Peggotty: Jenny McCracken. read more

Day After the Fair Season 17, Episode 23

In the conclusion of "Day After the Fair," Charles (Martyn Stanbridge) learns of Anna's pregnancy and meets with Edith (Hannah Gordon) about marrying the girl. Anna: Sammi Davis. Arthur: Kenneth Haigh. Letty: Anna Massey. Sarah: Sophie Thursfield. read more

Day After the Fair Season 17, Episode 22

"Day After the Fair," a two-part adaptation of Hardy's "On the Western Circuit," centers on a brewery owner's wife (Hannah Gordon), and her efforts to help a servant. In Part 1, Edith agrees to help the illiterate girl write to a lawyer she met at the local carnival. Anna: Sammi Davis. Arthur: Kenneth Haigh. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 21

In the conclusion of "Fortunes of War," Guy and Simon (Rupert Graves) help each other heal while Harriet explores the mysteries of Damascus. Harriet: Emma Thompson. Angela: Ciaran Madden. Castlebar: Robert Stephens. Dobson: Charles Kay. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 20

Simon (Rupert Graves), still reeling from his brother's death, finds no satisfaction in Cairo or after a successful attack in the desert in Part 6 of "Fortunes of War"; and Harriet sees less and less of Guy (Kenneth Branagh). Harriet: Emma Thompson. Angela: Ciaran Madden. Castlebar: Robert Stephens. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 19

In Part 5 of "Fortunes of War," the Pringles are separated when Guy (Kenneth Branagh) is forced to go to Alexandria to find work, while Harriet stays in Cairo. Harriet: Emma Thompson. Simon: Rupert Graves. Dobson: Charles Kay. Castlebar: Robert Stephens. Angela Hooper: Ciaran Madden. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 18

The Pringles are reunited in Part 4 of "Fortunes of War," but Guy (Kenneth Branagh) has as little time as ever for his wife (Emma Thompson), who gets plenty of attention from a handsome army officer (Jeremy Brudenell). Prince Yakimov: Ronald Pickup. Lord Pinkrose: Alan Bennett. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 17

In Part 3 of "Fortunes of War," Prince Yakimov (Ronald Pickup) moves into the Pringle's apartment, Sasha (Harry Burton) hides out on their roof, and the fascist Iron Guard takes over Bucharest. Guy: Kenneth Branagh. Harriet: Emma Thompson. Dobson: Charles Kay. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 16

Guy (Kenneth Branagh) is recruited for a secret mission to destroy German supply lines in Part 2 of "Fortunes of War." Harriet: Emma Thompson. Prince Yakimov: Ronald Pickup. Dobson: Charles Kay. Lawson: Richard Clifford. read more

Fortunes of War Season 17, Episode 15

The seven-part "Fortunes of War" depicts World War II and its effect on a couple's marriage. In Part 1, Guy and Harriet (Emma Thompson) arrive in 1939 Bucharest. Prince Yakimov: Ronald Pickup. Dobson: Charles Kay. Inchcape: James Villiers. Galpin: Desmond McNamara. read more

Sorrell and Son Season 17, Episode 14

In the conclusion of "Sorrell and Son," Kit (Peter Chelsom) is stricken with blood poisoning soon after Sorrell (Richard Pasco) establishes his son in private practice. Molly: Sarah Neville. Roland: John Shrapnel. Fanny: Prunella Ransome. Simon: Jon Rumney. read more

Sorrell and Son Season 17, Episode 13

In Part 4 of "Sorrell and Son," Kit (Peter Chelsom) finds his career advancing with great speed, but not so his love life. Sorrell: Richard Pasco. Molly: Sarah Neville. Simon Orange: Jon Rumney. Maurice: Michael Troughton. Oscar Wolffe: Mark Eden. read more

Sorrell and Son Season 17, Episode 12

Kit's introduction to women begins on a visit to his mother (Gwen Watford) in Part 3 of "Sorrell and Son." Sorrell: Richard Pasco. Kit: Peter Chelsom. Mary: Debbie Wheeler. Maurice: Michael Troughton. Roland: John Shrapnel. Molly: Sarah Neville. read more

Sorrell and Son Season 17, Episode 11

In Part 2 of "Sorrell and Son," Kit (Peter Chelsom) is forced to leave the private school he's attending when the boys find out his father's a head porter at a hotel. Sorrell: Richard Pasco. Porteous: John Horsley. Dora: Gwen Watford. Fanny: Prunella Ransome. Susan: Sue Race. read more

Sorrell and Son Season 17, Episode 10

A five-part dramatization of "Sorrell and Son," Warwick Deeping's novel about a father-son relationship. In Part 1, Stephen Sorrell (Richard Pasco) takes a job at a cheap hotel to care for his son Kit (Paul Critchley). Roland: John Shrapnel. Buck: Edward Peel. Dora: Gwen Watford. Mrs. Marks: Eve Pearce. read more

Northanger Abbey Season 17, Episode 9

Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey," about 17-year-old Catherine Morland (Katharine Schlesinger), who finds love on a visit to Bath. Henry: Peter Firth. Mrs. Allen: Googie Withers. Isabella: Cassie Stuart. John: Jonathan Coy. Eleanor: Ingrid Lacey. Mr. Allen: Geoffrey Cater. read more

The Bretts: Get Me to Church on Time Season 17, Episode 8

"The Bretts," conclusion. Edwin (David Yelland) is smitten with Martha's friend Diana (Christine Kavanagh); Gerard (James Laurenson) wants Martha to go to America with him; Sutton brings home his lady friend to meet the staff. Martha: Belinda Lang. Sutton: Tim Wylton. Charles: Norman Rodway. read more

The Bretts: An Actress and a Bishop Season 17, Episode 7

"The Bretts," Part 7. When Martha (Belinda Lang) sprains her ankle, Lydia gets the lead in a new play; Jean Lacy (Janet Maw) announces that she's leaving. Charles: Norman Rodway. Dr. Woodward: Peter Sallis. Bobby: Terrence Hardiman. read more

The Bretts: Revenge Is Sweet Season 17, Episode 6

"The Bretts," Part 6. An editor (Paul Williamson) uses his newspaper for revenge when Edwin (David Yelland) thanks a critic for a bad review by pouring beer on his lap. Charles: Norman Rodway. Lydia: Barbara Murray. Martha: Belinda Lang. read more

The Bretts: Broadway, Here I Come Season 17, Episode 5

A songwriter expresses interest in both Lydia and Martha (Belinda Lang) in Part 5 of "The Bretts." Charles: Norman Rodway. Edwin: David Yelland. Sutton: Tim Wylton. Sirkotsky: John Bennett. Jean: Janet Maw. read more

The Bretts: Moving Pictures Season 17, Episode 4

In Part 4 of "The Bretts," Charles (Norman Rodway) is appalled that Edwin and Martha (Belinda Lang) are making films---until he's offered a plum part in one. Lydia: Barbara Murray. Laszlo Sandor: John Castle. Sutton: Tim Wylton. read more

The Bretts: A Full House Season 17, Episode 3

The new theater manager (Clive Francis) arouses passion in Martha and Jean and suspicion in Charles' father in Part 3 of "The Bretts." Martha: Belinda Lang. Jean: Janet Maw. Thomas: George Winter. Charles: Norman Rodway. read more

The Bretts: Vagabond Thieves Season 17, Episode 2

Brewster (Bert Parnaby) agrees to produce Thomas's play rather than a revival Charles has proposed in Part 2 of "The Bretts." Thomas: George Winter. Lydia: Barbara Murray. Martha: Belinda Lang. Edwin: David Yelland. read more

The Bretts: The King Shall Not Die Season 17, Episode 1

An eight-part series about "The Bretts," a theatrical family whose members---and servants---are deliciously hammy. In Part 1, Lydia (Barbara Murray) storms out on her husband (Norman Rodway) when he hires a young, beautiful secretary. Edwin: David Yelland. Martha: Belinda Lang. Thomas: George Winter. Sutton: Tim Wylton. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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