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Masterpiece Season 29 episodes

A Rather English Marriage Season 29, Episode 1

“A Rather English Marriage” is an affecting odd-couple story starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay as older men who share quarters after their wives die. The film won the British Academy of Film and Television's Best TV Drama for 1998-99. Finney plays gregarious aristocrat Reggie Cunningham-Jarvis; Courtenay (the BAFTA winner for best actor in a TV drama) is meek retired milkman Roy Southgate. Joanna Lumley costars as the middle-aged boutique owner who complicates things when she takes an interest in Reggie. read more

Monsignor Renard Season 29, Episode 21

As “Monsignor Renard” concludes, Helene (Juliette Caton) confides in Renard about her attack and has another secret: she's pregnant. Her plight only worsens when Etienne is arrested after attacking Alois, turning the townspeople against her. Etienne: Dominic Monaghan. Alois: Torben Liebrecht. Drexler: Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen. Mme. Dufosse: Barbara Kellerman. Renard: John Thaw. read more

Monsignor Renard Season 29, Episode 20

In Part 2 of “Monsignor Renard,” the shooting of a French colonial upsets the townspeople, and Renard's condemnation in the pulpit only intensifies the friction between him and Major Drexler (Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen). Meanwhile, Madame Dufosse (Barbara Kellerman) learns she's part Jewish, and Renard is forced to entertain a German bishop. Renard: John Thaw. Field Bishop: Herb Andress. Helene: Juliette Caton. Etienne: Dominic Monaghan. Madeline: Cheryl Campbell. read more

Monsignor Renard Season 29, Episode 19

John Thaw (Mystery!'s “Inspector Morse”) stars as “Monsignor Renard” in a three-part drama about a French priest trying to lead his flock during the Nazi occupation. In Part 1, Renard helps gain the release of a family arrested for sheltering a nephew, a French soldier. Madeleine: Cheryl Campbell. Helene: Juliette Caton. Gagnepain: Jimmy Yuill. Brandt: Klaus Schreiber. Drexler: Bernd-Uwe Reppenhagen. read more

Seeing Red Season 29, Episode 18

A British TV star gives up the glamorous life to start a home for disturbed children in “Seeing Red,” a dramatization of the life of Coral Atkins (Sarah Lancashire). During a publicity appearance at a children's home, she sees a staff seemingly at war with the kids and decides to open a home of her own. It becomes an obsession, and one reason for it (seen in childhood flashbacks) comes out in therapy following an on-stage breakdown. Sylvia: Lizzy McInnerny. Dr. O'Gorman: Nicholas Geks. Chris: Robert Curbishley. read more

David Copperfield Season 29, Episode 17

As "David Copperfield" concludes, the adult David (Cieran McMenamin) is determined to win the heart of Dora Spenlow (Joanna Page). He does, but "dark clouds" gather elsewhere, in the forms of his old school benefactor Steerforth (Oliver Milburn) and that "reptile" Uriah Heep (Nicholas Lyndhurst). Betsey Trotwood: Maggie Smith. Mr. Micawber: Bob Hoskins. Agnes Wickfield: Amanda Ryan. Mrs. Steerforth: Cherie Lunghi. Rosa Dartle: Clare Holman. Mr. Dick: Ian McNeice. Peggotty: Pauline Quirke. read more

David Copperfield Season 29, Episode 16

Bob Hoskins (as Micawber) heads a strong British cast in a two-part adaptation of "David Copperfield," Charles Dickens' sprawling 1850 coming-of-age classic. It begins with David (Daniel Radcliffe) in blissful childhood, which ends when his mother (Emilia Fox) weds the tyrannical Mr. Murdstone (Trevor Eve). "What is before you is a fight with the world," Murdstone snarls. "The sooner you begin it, the better." Betsey: Maggie Smith. Peggoty: Pauline Quirke. Creakle: Ian McKellen. read more

The Turn of the Screw Season 29, Episode 15

Jodhi May shines in an elegant adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw,” Henry James' 1898 musings on ghosts and the corruption---perhaps---of innocent youth at an English country estate. May plays the governess, who's certain she's seeing the ghosts of her late predecessor and a former valet. She's also certain that they're turning her two young charges (Grace Robinson, Joe Sowerbutts) toward evil. Mrs. Grose: Pam Ferris. read more

All the King's Men Season 29, Episode 14

David Jason stars in “All the King's Men,” about a WWI British regiment (composed of workers at the royal estate at Sandringham), which goes into combat at Gallipoli in 1915. There, legend has it, the men disappeared into a “golden cloud,” but as dramatized here, their fate was far grislier. Jason plays their stiff-upper-lipped (but big-hearted) commander, Capt. Frank Beck. Queen Alexandra: Maggie Smith. George V: David Troughton. Howlett: Patrick Malahide. Edwards: Ian McDiarmid. read more

Madame Bovary Season 29, Episode 13

In the conclusion of “Madame Bovary,” Emma (Frances O'Connor) is passionately in love with Rodolphe (Greg Wise). But the rest of her life is not so good. “The world is making a mockery of me,” she moans to Rodolphe, and soon, even he rejects her. Then, in Rouen, she meets up again with Leon (Hugh Dancy), and more passion ensues. As always, her husband Charles (Hugh Bonneville) remains faithful---and, by and large, clueless. He also gives her control of their finances. Lhereux: Keith Barron. read more

Madame Bovary Season 29, Episode 12

Frances O'Connor (“Mansfield Park”) stars in a two-part adaptation of “Madame Bovary,” Gustave Flaubert's classic novel about an adulteress's quest for fulfillment. As Part 1 opens (in 1830s France), young Emma Rouault (O'Connor) is in a convent. But not for long. She marries country doctor Charles Bovary (Hugh Bonneville), but he can't satisfy her. Next, she is aroused---but unfulfilled---by a young clerk named Leon (Hugh Dancy). Then she meets the dashing Rodolphe (Greg Wise). Rouault: Trevor Peacock. read more

Bramwell 5 Season 29, Episode 11

In Part 4 of “Bramwell 5,” Robert (David Calder) is about to make a new start: he's moving to plush new offices and plans to propose to Alice Costigan (Maureen Beattie). Complicating matters is his banker's hypochondriacal wife (Lynsey Baxter), who's obsessed with Robert and comes on to him. At the Thrift, Sidney (Ben Brazier) is also infatuated, with a cute young patient (Lisa Marsh). Eleanor: Jemma Redgrave. read more

Bramwell 5 Season 29, Episode 10

“Bramwell 5”: Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave) tries to mend her broken heart at the country estate of an old medical-school friend (Joanna Roth) and her philandering husband (Julian Wadham), who wants to draw her out of her melancholy personally. And as always, there are causes for Eleanor to pursue: a bright and promising servant girl (Laura Crossley) turns up pregnant; and the poor children in the nearby village are coming down with the measles, but their rude and indifferent schoolmaster (Ken Bones) isn't moved to do anything about it. read more

Bramwell 5 Season 29, Episode 9

“Bramwell”: Nurse Carr (Ruth Sheen) is at her wits' end trying to keep her dotty mother (Gwenllian Davies) from causing trouble, so she steals opium to sedate her. Bramwell and Marsham (David Calder and Kevin McMonagle) blame young Sidney (Ben Brazier), but Charlotte Adler (Alexandria Lilley), an aristocratic dilletante getting her first taste of medicine at the Thrift, discovers the truth. And all this commotion couldn't come at a worse time: with Eleanor away, “we're all rushed off our feet,” as her father puts it. read more

Bramwell 5 Season 29, Episode 8

“Bramwell 5.” Jemma Redgrave plays the earnest Victorian-era Dr. Eleanor Bramwell. As the opener begins, in 1897, Eleanor's intended, Dr. Finn O'Neill (Andrew Connolly) returns from America with news that he has married someone else (Paloma Baeza). Meanwhile, at the clinic she runs with her father (David Calder), Eleanor's concerned about a woman (Cara Kelly) whose alcoholic husband is constantly beating her. read more

Shooting the Past Season 29, Episode 7

In the conclusion of “Shooting the Past,” Oswald (Timothy Spall) devises a devious---if seemingly passive---plan to save the photo collection. Meanwhile, Marilyn (Lindsay Duncan) tries a more direct---and seemingly conventional---tactic to appeal to Anderson (Liam Cunningham). The two approaches form a neat---if unintended---synergy. Veronica: Billie Whitelaw. Spig: Emilia Fox. Nick: Blake Ritson. Garnett: Arj Barker. Styeman: Andy Serkis. read more

Shooting the Past Season 29, Episode 6

“Shooting the Past” is a telling two-part drama in which the oddball staff of a musty old London photo archive stares down the cold American businessman who bought their space and wants to throw them out to make way for a business school. “What sleepy people we must appear,” sighs archive director Marilyn Truman (Lindsay Duncan) after hearing the news. But businessman Christopher Anderson (Liam Cunningham) won't get rid of them easily. Bates: Timothy Spall. Veronica: Billie Whitelaw. Spig: Emilia Fox. read more

Lost for Words Season 29, Episode 5

Thora Hird and Pete Postlethwaite star in “Lost for Words,” a tender, fact-based story of an elderly woman's refusal to go gently into that good night following a series of strokes. Based on the autobiography of writer Deric Longden (Postlethwaite's character). Aileen: Penny Downie. Doctor: Tom Higgins. Gloria: Anne Reid. Fred: Keith Clifford. Chemist: Malcolm Hebden. read more

Aristocrats Season 29, Episode 4

Deaths and remarriages dot the conclusion of "Aristocrats." Meanwhile, Emily's son Edward (John Light), back from the American revolution, becomes an Irish revolutionary, much to the consternation of his Aunt Louisa (Diana Quick). As for Sarah (Jodhi May), she finally finds "a good man" (Martin Glyn Murray), and Emily finds contentment with "Mr. Papa" (David Gant). Older Napier: Jeremy Bulloch. Younger Ogilve: George Anton. Older Emily: Sian Phillips. Older Charles James Fox: Trevor May. read more

Aristocrats Season 29, Episode 3

In Part 2 of "Aristocrats," youngest sister Sarah (Jodhi May) is "launched" in London. An early admirer: the Prince of Wales (Luke De Lacy). But then he becomes king and Sarah's love life spirals downward, first to loveless marriage, then to scandal. Meanwhile, Emily engages a tutor (George Anton) for her growing brood. Banbury: Andrew Havill. Duke of Richmond: Tom Beard. Gordon: Gary Cady. Louisa: Anne-Marie Duff. Caroline: Serena Gordon. Emily: Geraldine Somerville. Sian Phillips narrates. read more

Aristocrats Season 29, Episode 2

A three-part adaptation of "Aristocrats," a fact-based chronicle revolving around the four Lennox sisters, great-grand daughters of King Charles II. In Part 1, eldest sister Caroline (Serena Gordon) outrages her father (Julian Fellowes) when she elopes with a freethinker (Alun Armstrong). Second sister Emily (Geraldine Somerville) has a more traditional suitor in Lord Kildare (Ben Daniels). One problem: he's Irish. Duchess of Richmond: Diane Fletcher. Sian Phillips narrates. read more

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