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Masterpiece Season 18 episodes

The Bretts II: The Golden Dustman Season 18, Episode 31

As "The Bretts II" concludes, Charles (Norman Rodway) is persuaded to act in a film; Lydia stars in "Strike Up the Band"; and Martha (Belinda Lang) considers Oliver's marriage proposal. Lydia: Barbara Murray. Oliver: Hugh Fraser. Edwin: David Yelland. read more

The Bretts II: I've Got You Under My Skin Season 18, Episode 30

In Part 5 of "The Bretts II," Edwin (David Yelland) proposes turning some of the family's theaters into cinemas; and Perdita (Sally Cookson) is offered a Hollywood screen test. Charles: Norman Rodway. Oliver: Hugh Fraser. Martha: Belinda Lang. Lydia: Barbara Murray. read more

The Bretts II: The Luck of the Irish Season 18, Episode 29

In Part 4 of "The Bretts II," Martha (Belinda Lang) agrees to campaign with Oliver Mortimer (Hugh Fraser); and Hegarty (Billy Boyle) becomes increasingly concerned about Fergus (Padraig O'Loinsigh). Tom: George Winter. Charles: Norman Rodway. Lydia: Barbara Murray. read more

The Bretts II: A House Divided Season 18, Episode 28

In Part 3 of "The Bretts II," Martha and Perdita are charmed by a Brazilian (Oliver Cotton); and Charles (Norman Rodway) fiercely resists adopting Equity contracts. Martha: Belinda Lang. Lydia: Barbara Murray. read more

The Bretts II: Home and Away Season 18, Episode 27

In Part 2 of "The Bretts II," Charles (Norman Rodway) is ordered to rest, while his wife Lydia is offered a film role; and Edwin (David Yelland) is suspended from the studio. Lydia: Barbara Murray. Martha: Belinda Lang. read more

The Bretts II: Home and Away Season 18, Episode 26

A six-part sequel to "The Bretts," the theatrical family whose members---and servants---are delightfully hammy. In Part 1, Charles and Lydia (Barbara Murray) visit their son in France. Edwin: David Yelland. Martha: Belinda Lang. Thomas: George Winter. Perdita: Sally Cookson. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 25

"The Charmer" concludes with Gorse (Nigel Havers) cornered in Brighton by Donald and Joan (Bernard Hepton, Rosemary Leach). Alison: Judy Parfitt. Clarice: Fiona Fullerton. Henry: Linal Haft. George: Leonard Kavanagh. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 24

In Part 5 of "The Charmer," Gorse (Nigel Havers) tires of army life and tries to buy forged discharge papers. Alison: Judy Parfitt. Stimpson: Bernard Hepton. Joan: Rosemary Leach. Henry: Linal Haft. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 23

In Part 4 of "The Charmer," neither Gorse nor Pamela (Abigail McKern) finds marriage blissful. Bennett: George Baker. Stimpson: Bernard Hepton. Clarice: Fiona Fullerton. Joan: Rosemary Leach. Phyllis: Gillian Raine. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 22

In Part 3 of "The Charmer," Gorse (Nigel Havers) uses blackmail to get his old job back, and takes up with the boss's daughter (Abigail McKern). Stimpson: Bernard Hepton. Bennett: George Baker. Joan: Rosemary Leach. Phyllis: Gillian Raine. Bunty: Chrissie Cotterill. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 21

In Part 2 of "The Charmer," Gorse (Nigel Havers) steps up his dealings with Joan (Rosemary Leach). Stimpson: Bernard Hepton. Clarice: Fiona Fullerton. Norris: Patrick Godfrey. Mary: Grace Kinirons. Albert: Matthew Devitt. Saxby: Graham Rowe. read more

The Charmer Season 18, Episode 20

"The Charmer," a six-part story about a good-looking, suave man (Nigel Havers) who's also a heel. In Part 1, Ralph Gorse moves into a friend's home and makes an immediate impression on two neighbors (Bernard Hepton, Rosemary Leach). Clarice: Fiona Fullerton. Odette: Naomi Buch. read more

Christabel Season 18, Episode 19

In the conclusion, "Christabel" (Elizabeth Hurley) goes to the concentration camp to plead Peter's case. Peter: Stephen Dillon. Lange: Ralph Brown. Old Lady: Edna Dore. Security Policeman: Philip Bretherton. read more

Christabel Season 18, Episode 18

In Part 3, "Christabel" (Elizabeth Hurley) takes the children to a village in the Black Forest for safety. Peter: Stephen Dillon. Adam: Nigel Le Vaillant. Lexi: Suzan Crowley. U.S. Airman: Dennis Christopher. read more

Christabel Season 18, Episode 17

In Part 2, "Christabel" (Elizabeth Hurley) is concerned for her parents when Britain enters the war. Peter: Stephen Dillon. Adam: Nigel Le Vaillant. Langbehn: Sam Kelly. Albrecht: Adrian Rawlins. Botho: Hugh Simon. read more

Christabel Season 18, Episode 16

"Christabel," a four-part adaptation of Christabel Bielenberg's "The Past Is Myself." In Part 1, the Englishwoman (Elizabeth Hurley) marries a German lawyer (Stephen Dillon) and moves to pre-WWII Berlin. Adam: Nigel Le Vaillant. Mr. Burton: Geoffrey Palmer. Mrs. Palmer: Ann Bell. Adapted by Dennis Potter ("The Singing Detective"). read more

Talking Heads: Bed Among the Lentils Season 18, Episode 15

Maggie Smith plays a vicar's wife reflecting on her life in "Talking Heads: Bed Among the Lentils," written and directed by Alan Bennett ("An Englishman Abroad"). read more

All Passion Spent Season 18, Episode 14

"All Passion Spent," conclusion. Lady Slane (Wendy Hiller) keeps company with Mr. Fitzgeorge (Harry Andrews). Deborah: Jane Snowden. Carrie: Phyllis Calvert. Gosheron: David Waller. Genoux: Eileen Way. Bucktrout: Maurice Denham. read more

All Passion Spent Season 18, Episode 13

In Part 2 of "All Passion Spent," Lady Slane (Wendy Hiller) is visited by an old admirer. Fitzgeorge: Harry Andrews. Bucktrout: Maurice Denham. Genoux: Eileen Way. Gosheron: David Waller. Foljambe: Patrick Barlow. read more

All Passion Spent Season 18, Episode 12

A three-part dramatization of Vita Sackville-West's novel "All Passion Spent." In Part 1, a widowed octogenarian (Wendy Hiller) announces her decision to live by herself. Herbert: Graham Crowden. Fitzgeorge: Harry Andrews. Bucktrout: Maurice Denham. Carrie: Phyllis Calvert. Edith: Hilary Mason. read more

A Very British Coup Season 18, Episode 11

"A Very British Coup," conclusion. Perkins (Ray McAnally) suffers a loss of confidence after a scandal involving Newsome (Jim Carter) and dark times with the power union. Thompson: Keith Allen. Browne: Alan MacNaughtan. Liz: Christine Kavanagh. Fison: Philip Madoc. read more

A Very British Coup Season 18, Episode 10

In Part 1 of the two-part political thriller "A Very British Coup," a socialist (Ray McAnally) is elected Prime Minister and names a Cabinet of mostly fellow leftists and a "token moderate" (Geoffrey Beevers). Thompson: Keith Allen. Newsome: Jim Carter. read more

A Wreath of Roses Season 18, Episode 9

A woman (Joanna McCallum) and a troubled veteran begin a tense relationship in "A Wreath of Roses." Frances: Fabia Drake. Beddoes: Fulton Mackay. Liz: Elizabeth Richardson. Arthur: John Price. read more

Heaven on Earth Season 18, Episode 8

"Heaven on Earth," about British orphans sent to live in pre-World War I Canada. Sian Leisa Davies. Gareth: Huw Davies. Wilf: R.H. Thomson. Len: Torquil Campbell. Sophie: Donna Edwards. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 7

In the conclusion of "A Perfect Spy," Jack (Alan Howard) continues to question Mary (Jane Booker). Magnus: Peter Egan. Miss Dubber: Peggy Ashcroft. Kate: Sarah Bullen. Axel: Rudiger Weigang. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 6

In Part 6 of "A Perfect Spy," Magnus (Peter Egan) rushes to London after receiving news about Rick (Ray McAnally). Mary: Jane Booker. Tom: Graham McGrath. Brotherhood: Alan Howard. Syd: Tim Healy. Axel: Rudiger Weigang. Miss Dubber: Peggy Ashcroft. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 5

Magnus and Axel (Rudiger Weigang) make it to America in Part 5 of "A Perfect Spy." Brotherhood: Alan Howard. Mary: Jane Booker. Lederer: Garrick Hagon. Bee: Erin Donovan. Rick: Ray McAnally. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 4

In Part 4 of "A Perfect Spy," Magnus (Peter Egan) becomes a British agent and also becomes a husband. Rick: Ray McAnally. Belinda: Sarah Neville. Axel: Rudiger Weigang. Brotherhood: Alan Howard. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 3

Magnus (Peter Egan) helps Rick campaign for a Parliamentary seat in Part 3 of "A Perfect Spy." Peggy Wentworth: Frances Tomelty. Axel: Rudiger Weigang. Sabina: Lesley Nightingale. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 2

In Part 2 of "A Perfect Spy," Magnus (Benedict Taylor) travels to Switzerland, on an errand for Rick (Ray McAnally). Baroness Weber: Sarah Badel. Axel: Rudiger Weigang. Jack Brotherhood: Alan Howard. read more

A Perfect Spy Season 18, Episode 1

A seven-part adaptation of John le Carre's "A Perfect Spy" begins with the early years of Magnus Pym (Nicholas and Jonathan Haley), who's raised by a con-man father and a repressed mother. Rick: Ray McAnally. read more

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