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Masterpiece Season 30 episodes

Talking Heads 2: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet Season 30, Episode 20

Patricia Routledge stars in “Talking Heads 2: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet,” a sly Alan Bennett monologue about a department-store clerk who edges into an (ahem) unusual relationship with her chiropodist. Miss Fozzard must deal with both sore feet and her brother Bernard, who has suffered a stroke. An Australian therapist is engaged to care for Bernard; as for her feet, there's Mr. Dunderdale, a genteel widower who charms her utterly. read more

Take a Girl like You Season 30, Episode 19

As “Take a Girl Like You” concludes, Patrick's obsession with Jenny (Sienna Guillory) has reached the point where he has lost interest in other women, no matter how available they might be. And Jenny has begun to reconsider her opposition to sleeping with Patrick (Rupert Graves). But her viginity is “special” to her and she won't part with it easily. Julian: Hugh Bonneville. Dick: Robert Daws. Martha: Emma Chambers. Anna: Kathy Kiera-Clarke. Graham: Ian Driver. read more

Take a Girl like You Season 30, Episode 18

A two-part adaptation of “Take a Girl like You,” Kingsley Amis's 1960 comic novel about love and lust in the1950s, opens with lothario Patrick Standish (Rupert Graves) eyeing virginal Jenny Bunn (Sienna Guillory), a suburban-London teacher who is both “unnecessarily pretty” and “a nice girl.” And Patrick is hardly her only pursuer. So, he sighs, “it's going to be a long haul then.” Andrew Davies (“Wives and Daughters”) wrote the screenplay. Dick: Robert Daws. Martha: Emma Chambers. Julian: Hugh Bonneville. Graham: Ian Driver. read more

Wives and Daughters Season 30, Episode 17

Daughters become wives as “Wives and Daughters” concludes, but first Cynthia's broken engagement to the vaguely sinister Preston (Iain Glen) comes back to haunt her. Meanwhile, Molly (Justine Waddell) is also linked to Preston by Hollingford gossips. Needless to say, Cynthia's old liaison with Preston has repercussions on her engagement to Roger Hamley (Anthony Howell). And that, in turn, has repercussions for Molly. Cynthia: Keeley Hawes. Mr. Gibson: Bill Paterson. Hyacinth: Francesca Annis. Squire Hamley: Michael Gambon. read more

Wives and Daughters Season 30, Episode 16

“Wives and Daughters” (Part 3 of four). Roger Hamley's affections for Cynthia (Keeley Hawes) blossom into an engagement but not a formal one, for he's soon off for Africa for two years---a development that upsets Molly (Justine Waddell) more than Cynthia. Lurking in the shadows, meanwhile, is Mr. Preston (Iain Glen), the land agent of dubious reputation. And keeping a keen eye on things are the gossiping Browning sisters (Barbara Flynn, Deborah Findlay). Roger: Anthony Howell. Mr. Gibson: Bill Paterson. Hyacinth: Francesca Annis. Squire Hamley: Michael Gambon. read more

Wives and Daughters Season 30, Episode 15

In Part 2 of “Wives and Daughters,” Molly (Justine Waddell) finally meets her stepsister, Cynthia (Keeley Hawes). Surprisingly, they get along famously. But there is a problem: Roger Hamley (Anthony Howell), whom Molly fancies, takes a fancy to Cynthia. Meanwhile, Roger's brother Osborne (Tom Hollander) continues to disappoint his father, Squire Hamley (Michael Gambon)---and Osborne has yet to tell him that he has married a Frenchwoman. Mr. Gibson: Bill Paterson. Hyacinth: Francesca Annis. Mr. Preston: Iain Glen. read more

Wives and Daughters Season 30, Episode 14

A four-part adaptation of “Wives and Daughters,” novelist Elizabeth Gaskell's 1864 chronicle of the life and loves of a young woman in an 1820s English country town. She's Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell), the 17-year-old daughter of a kindly widowed physician (Bill Paterson). As Part 1begins, Molly's sent to stay with a local squire (Michael Gambon) whose two sons are away---for now---at Cambridge. Meanwhile, her father is about to remarry, to a self-centered, manipulative woman named Hyacinth (Francesca Annis), whom Molly can't abide. read more

Anna Karenina Season 30, Episode 13

As the concluding episode of “Anna Karenina” begins, Anna (Helen McCrory) gives birth to Vronsky's child, and she and Vronsky (Kevin McKidd) live together as husband and wife. But their union won't be consummated legally; Karenin (Stephen Dillane) sees to that. Meanwhile, Levin (Douglas Henshall) and Kitty (Paloma Baeza) decide to get married, but he's the hesitant one. Stiva: Mark Strong. Dolly: Amanda Root. Nikolai Levin: Paul Rhys. Betsy: Abigail Cruttenden. Countess Vronskaya: Sara Kestelman. read more

Anna Karenina Season 30, Episode 12

Helen McCrory and Kevin McKidd star as Russian literature's most celebrated adulterers in a two-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's timeless 1877 novel “Anna Karenina.” McKidd plays the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky, who falls passionately in love with Anna (McCrory), but her formidable diplomat husband Karenin (Stephen Dillane) stands in their way. Meanwhile, Kitty (Paloma Baeza), the young woman Vronsky jilts when he falls for Anna, has another admirer in Constantine Levin (Douglas Henshall). read more

Bramwell VI Season 30, Episode 11

As “Bramwell” concludes, Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave) must contend with the consequences of her fascination with Maj. Guy Quarrie (David Bark-Jones). But as the episode opens, she must also deal with something more immediate: the Thrift is inundated with victims of a brothel fire. As a result of it, she learns something about Dr. Marsham (Kevin McMonagle), and from it she becomes obsessed with child prostitution, personified in a girl named Dora (Eleanor Kirk). read more

Bramwell VI Season 30, Episode 10

“Bramwell” (Part 4 of five). It's 1899, and London is swept up in Boer War fever. Even Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave) does her part for the military. But Marsham (Kevin McMonagle) is a pacifist, and that complicates their relationship. So does Maj. Guy Quarrie (David Bark-Jones), who arrives at the Thrift to question a Dutch man (Jeorg Stadler) who was pulled, near death, from a canal. But there's nothing complicated about the feelings of Nurse Carr (Ruth Sheen) for Sgt. Nelson Reid (Eamon Boland). read more

Bramwell VI Season 30, Episode 9

“Bramwell”: Robert and Mrs. Costigan (David Calder, Maureen Beattie) prepare to wed. That augers change for Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave) as well, thanks to Robert, who vows to cut her off if she remains at the Thrift because he fears for her safety. One reason for his fear: she's attacked at a prenuptial party there by the recently hired porter (Berwick Kaler), a friend of the mortified Nurse Carr (Ruth Sheen), who can't hold his liquor. read more

Bramwell VI Season 30, Episode 8

“Bramwell”: Dr. Marsham (Kevin McMonagle) is anything but impressed when a goiter patient he had written off is cured after a faith healer (David Bradley) lays his hands on the man. “It just can't be,” Marsham tells Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave). Meanwhile, Marsham, who's not coping with the death of his wife, sends his daughters to the country to live with their aunt. Rawlings: Sebastian Abineri. Nurse Carr: Ruth Sheen. read more

Bramwell VI Season 30, Episode 7

Jemma Redgrave is feisty Victorian-era physician Eleanor “Bramwell” in the final series of episodes (five in all). First up: Eleanor and her physician father Robert (David Calder) are treating Emmaline O'Neill (Paloma Baeza), the bride of Eleanor's erstwhile fiancé Finn (Andrew Connolly). She's suffering from an infection caused by an injection, and Robert suspects that Finn, a medical researcher specializing in vaccines, is trying to kill her. read more

Stiff Upper Lips Season 30, Episode 6

In 1908, an upper-crust Englishwoman (Georgina Cates) falls in love with a hunky peasant (Sean Pertwee) in “Stiff Upper Lips,” a spoof of stuffy British costume dramas. Horace: Peter Ustinov. Aunt Ivory: Prunella Scales. Edward: Samuel West. Cedric: Robert Portal. read more

The Railway Children Season 30, Episode 5

A charming adaptation of "The Railway Children," Edith Nesbit's 1906 children's novel about three spunky youngsters who are suddenly impoverished when their father (Michael Kitchen) mysteriously leaves their comfortable London home. Their mother (Jenny Agutter) takes the trio (Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas and Jemima Rooper) to a ramshackle country house near a railway station. There, they fend for themselves and make many friends. read more

Mrs. Brown Season 30, Episode 4

Judi Dench received an Oscar nomination for her stirring performance as the widowed Queen Victoria in “Mrs. Brown.” John Brown: Billy Connolly. Benjamin Disraeli: Antony Sher. Sir Henry: Geoffrey Palmer. Archie Brown: Gerald Butler. John Madden directed. read more

Oliver Twist Season 30, Episode 3

In Part 2 (of three), "Oliver Twist" (Sam Smith) wants more from life than either the workhouse or the undertaker Sowerberry are about to offer, so he runs away to London. His creepy half-brother Monks (Marc Warren) is in hot pursuit and, as luck (Monks' luck) would have it, Oliver finds his way to Fagin's den of thieves. Fagin: Robert Lindsay. Mrs. Mann: Julie Walters. Mr. Brownlow: Michael Kitchen. Elizabeth Leeford: Lindsay Duncan. Mr. Bumble: David Ross. Bill Sikes: Andy Serkis. read more

Oliver Twist Season 30, Episode 2

“All is revealed” in the conclusion of “Oliver Twist.” First, Oliver (Sam Smith) survives the shooting at Mr. Brownlow's country estate. Then he's taken in by Mrs. Bedwin (Annette Crosbie) and it's all uphill from there. “That boy will go to heaven,” fumes Fagin (Robert Lindsay) as he sees him go by in Mr. Brownlow's carriage. Brownlow: Michael Kitchen. Monks: Marc Warren. Bill Sikes: Andy Serkis. Nancy: Emily Woof. read more

Oliver Twist Season 30, Episode 1

This striking three-part take on Charles Dickens' beloved rags-to-riches saga "Oliver Twist." Part 1 is a prequel, composed of material Dickens put at the end of his serialization of the story in 1839, frontloaded and fleshed out by British dramatist Alan Bleasdale. It's something of a riches-to-rags tale about Oliver's star-crossed parents (Tim Dutton, Sophia Myles) and the mess Oliver (Sam Smith) found himself in when he entered the world. Elizabeth: Lindsay Duncan. Edward: Marc Warren. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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