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Masterpiece Season 32 episodes

The Trouble with Millat and the Return of Magid Season 32, Episode 21

The conclusion of Zadie Smith's comic novel “White Teeth,” set in multicultural North London in 1992, follows another generation of Joneses and Iqbals, and, as it happens, Archie's daughter Irie (Sarah Ozeke) is in love with Samad's son Millat (Christopher Simpson), a gang banger. He loves her, too---like a sister. Later, he'll get religion, while his twin brother Magid (Simpson), whom Samad had sent to Bangladesh to find religion, finds science instead. But the two do connect (and connect with Irie as well) under the loose auspices of an arrogant geneticist named Marcus Malfen (James Bathurst), who's engineering a “FutureMouse.” read more

The Peculiar Second Marriage of Archie Jones and the Temptation of Samad Iqbal Season 32, Episode 20

A two-part adaptation of “White Teeth,” Zadie Smith's comic novel following two lifelong friends---a milquetoast Englishman and a tormented Bangladeshi---in multiracial North London from 1974 to 1992. As it opens, Archie Jones (Phil Davis), having just failed in a suicide attempt, finds himself at a New Year's Eve “End of the World” party. There, he meets his wife-to-be, a lapsed Jehovah's Witness from Jamaica named Clara Bowden (Naomie Harris), whose stern mother (Mona Hammond) really thinks the end is nigh. Meanwhile, intellectual Samad Iqbal (Om Puri) must take a job as a waiter in his cousin's restaurant. Iqbal's marriage was arranged in 1946. But his wife-to-be, Alsana (Archie Panjabi), wasn't born until 1955, so he had to wait for her to grow up. read more

The Jury Season 32, Episode 19

Conclusion. “The Jury” in the Davinder Singh murder case deliberates---calmly, rationally and at great length---before delivering its verdict. The evidence on both sides is compelling but not conclusive, foreman Peter (Michael Maloney) asserts, so the decision must be based “on instinct---that's all we've got.” At least until the trial's over. Michael Colchester: Peter Vaughan. Ron Maher: Jack Shepherd. Cording: Derek Jacobi. Lewis: Antony Sher. read more

The Jury Season 32, Episode 18

Part 3 of four: Cording and Lewis (Derek Jacobi and Antony Sher) make their closing arguments and “The Jury” begins its deliberations. They don't go easily after the forewoman (Gillian Barge) calls for an immediate vote. So the jurors elect a new foreman: Peter (Michael Maloney). “You look more like Henry Fonda than anyone else,” one colleague tells him. And Peter's father-in-law (Peter Vaughan) has something to tell him about the case as well. Meanwhile, Rose and Johnnie (Helen McCrory, Gerald Butler) disagree on the case. That's not the only thing dividing them. read more

The Jury Season 32, Episode 17

“The Jury” (Part 2 of four). As the trial moves into the defense phase, Davinder (Sonell Dadral) is questioned by Cording (Derek Jacobi) and prosecutor Lewis (Antony Sher), who draws blood (figuratively), and Cording fears that the case might be “slipping away.” Among the jurors, Elsie (Sylvia Syms) hears bad news from her Sikh doctor (Paul Bhattacharjee); Charles (Stuart Bunce) has an uncomfortable reunion with the woman he left when he entered the seminary; Peter's father-in-law (Peter Vaughan) plays detective; and Rose (Helen McCrory ) and Johnnie (Gerard Butler) find each other. But Rose's husband (Mark Strong) finds them together. read more

The Jury Season 32, Episode 16

“The Jury.” In Part 1 of this four-part drama, 12 men and women deliberate on the fate of a Sikh teenager accused of killing a schoolmate while they wrestle with their own problems when they're not in London's Old Bailey courthouse (where parts of the drama were filmed). Circumstantial evidence in the case is damning, so the defense counsel (Derek Jacobi) has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, the victim's roughneck brothers are certain that the defendant is guilty, and they let one juror (Nina Sosanya) know it in a very threatening manner. read more

Daniel Deronda Season 32, Episode 15

As “Daniel Deronda” concludes, Daniel (Hugh Dancy) finds himself drawn to the Jewish singer Mirah (Jodhi May) and to the Zionism espoused by her brother (Daniel Evans), while Gwendolen (Romola Garai) looks to Daniel as her only respite from her reptilian husband, Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville). Meanwhile, Sir Hugo (Edward Fox) reveals to Daniel the identity of his mother. Contessa Maria Alcharisi: Barbara Hershey. read more

Daniel Deronda Season 32, Episode 14

A two-part adaptation of “Daniel Deronda,” George Eliot's 1874 novel about romantic treachery and ethnic consciousness in Victorian England, begins with headstrong Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai) getting herself trapped in an oppressive marriage to the arrogant Henleigh Grandcourt (Hugh Bonneville). Meanwhile, Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy), a proper English gentleman (and a gentle man), befriends a distressed young Jewish singer (Jodhi May). But Deronda also has an eye for Gwendolen, and vice versa. Sir Hugo: Edward Fox. Lydia Glasier: Greta Scacchi. read more

Foyle's War: Eagle Day Season 32, Episode 13

The series of “Foyle's War” mysteries concludes with “Eagle Day.” A German bombing raid destroys a Hastings house, but a man found dead in the rubble has a knife in his chest, so Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, the RAF has sent Foyle's son Andrew (Julian Ovenden) back to Hastings. “Some sort of cloak and dagger show,” he tells his father. It turns out to involve radar. And Foyle is disturbed at the prospect of losing his driver Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks), whose father is demanding that she return home. read more

Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder Season 32, Episode 12

“Foyle's War: A Lesson in Murder.” An 11-year-old evacuee from London staying with a Hastings judge (Oliver Ford Davies) is killed in a booby trap and Foyle (Michael Kitchen) has two theories to investigate. One involves the judge's refusal to allow his daughter (Sophia Myles) to see her working-class boyfriend (Elliot Cowan). The other involves a pacifist who died in prison not long after the judge denied his request for conscientious-objector status. Meanwhile, Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) begins dating the son of the owner of Hastings' Italian restaurant. Tony: Danny Dyer. Emily Gascoigne: Cheryl Campbell. read more

Foyle's War: The White Feather Season 32, Episode 11

In “Foyle's War: The White Feather,” the fascist-leaning proprietor of a Hastings hotel is shot to death during a get-together of Nazi sympathizers at the hotel. Foyle (Michael Kitchen) isn't certain that the victim (Maggie Steed) was the person that the killer had intended to shoot because the shooting occurred during a power outage. Foyle's also concerned by a puzzling act of sabotage by a troubled young hotel employee (Lisa Ellis). The act was minor (just one severed telephone line) but the timing's particularly distressing. It takes place during the Dunkirk evacuation of May 1940, when a German invasion was feared immanent. Guy Spencer: Charles Dance. Sam: Honeysuckle Weeks. read more

Foyle's War: The German Woman Season 32, Episode 10

“Foyle's War.” A taciturn British police detective (Michael Kitchen) who'd rather be off fighting for his country battles crime at home instead in this series of four mysteries set during World War II in the English Channel town of Hastings. In the opener, it's May 1940 and residents fear Nazi attacks, so Germans aren't especially welcome. But when the German wife of a rich local magistrate is murdered, Foyle doesn't assume that the motive was patriotism gone amok, even though a swastika was carved on a tree near the spot where the body was found. Sam: Honeysuckle Weeks. Summers: Edward Fox. read more

Me and Mrs. Jones Season 32, Episode 9

Affairs of state take a back seat to affairs of another kind in “Me and Mrs. Jones,” a seriocomic romance set at No. 10 Downing St. Robson Green (“Touching Evil”) stars as a party fund-raiser named Harry Frazier. But Harry is really gossip columnist Liam Marple, whose nom de plume is “Mrs. Jones.” His mission: dig up dirt on Prime Minister Laura Bowden (Caroline Goodall). Harry has no trouble worming his way into the PM's life, which makes his tabloid job easy. And making it easier still is the fact that Laura's husband (Philip Quast) is a flagrant philanderer. Soon, Laura and Harry start philandering themselves. read more

The Hound of the Baskervilles Season 32, Episode 8

Richard Roxburgh trades Sherlock Holmes' traditional deerstalker for a top hat as he stalks a Devonshire moor in “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 who(or what)dunit. If it's a what, it's the deadly ghost of the hound that killed Sir Hugo Baskerville in the 17th century. And as this mystery opens, Sir Hugo's descendant, Charles, is literally scared to death by the sight of it. Charles' heir, Sir Henry (Matt Day), doesn't know what to think as he arrives at Baskerville Hall. But Holmes suspects that the spectral hound isn't all that's lurking on the moor. Watson: Ian Hart. read more

My Uncle Silas II Season 32, Episode 7

“My Uncle Silas II.” Albert Finney returns as a lovable Edwardian-era rascal making the most of life---and, not infrequently, lust---in the bucolic English countryside. The two-hour program consists of five more sketches based on short stories by H.E. Bates (1905-74). “Your Uncle Silas is a rogue, but sometimes he can be a saint,” a nurse named Topsy (Jacquetta May)---whom he seduces---tells his great-nephew Ned (Joe Prospero) in the final story, in which Silas comes to the aid of a dotty war veteran (Bryan Pringle). Earlier, he helps a farmhand (Tony Maudsley) win a farm maid (Sandy McDade). Silas seduces her, too. Mrs. Betts: Sue Johnston. read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 6

“The Forsyte Saga,” Part 6. It's 1899, and Soames (Damian Lewis), 43, decides he wants a child. And since he can't divorce Irene, he wants her to be the mother. As usual, he won't take no for an answer. As for Irene (Gina McKee), she has found a friend in Young Jolyon (Rupert Graves). Meanwhile, Dartie (Ben Miles) has returned from South America, and Winifred (Amanda Root) has taken him back. But their son Val (Julian Ovenden) isn't so forgiving. Val has also fallen in love, with Jolyon's daughter Holly (Amanda Ryan), much to the distress of Holly's brother Jolly (Christian Coulson). read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 5

“The Forsyte Saga,” Part 5. Old Jolyson's bequest finally gives Irene financial security. Twelve years later, Soames (Damian Lewis) decides to divorce her. “We're two peas in a pod---both abandoned,” he tells his sister, Winifred (Amanda Root), when her blackguard husband, Dartie (Ben Miles), leaves her after one losing night too many at the gaming table. Irene: Gina McKee. read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 4

"The Forsyte Saga." As Part 4 (of seven) opens, Irene (Gina McKee) has left Soames (Damian Lewis), and it has been left to June to bury Bosinney. But there are also "new beginnings": Old Jolyon buys Robin Hill, the house Bosinney designed for Soames, and moves there with June, Young Jolyon and his family. Five years later, the now-lonely Old Jolyon meets Irene, who's now a music teacher. She has suffered through hard times since leaving Soames. "We can be pathetic together," he tells her. read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 3

Part 3. Bosinney (Ioan Gruffudd) awaits the judge's ruling in Soames' lawsuit against him. But he and Irene (Gina McKee) plan to run off together no matter what. After all, he tells her, “respectability won't keep you warm at night.” Soames (Damian Lewis), however, won't give her up without a fight. Meanwhile, Old Jolyon (Corin Redgrave) wants to “retire from London,” and take Young Jolyon (Rupert Graves) and his family---June (Gillian Kearney) included---with him. read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 2

“The Forsyte Saga” (Part 2 of seven). Irene (Gina McKee) and architect Philip Bosinney (Ioan Gruffudd) only have eyes for each other, and Bosinney's heartbroken fiancée (Gillian Kearney) sees it. She's not the only Forsyte who does. Not surprisingly, Irene is growing ever more miserable in her marriage to the chilly Soames (Damian Lewis), whose hatred for Bosinney grows as the country house Bosinney's building for him rises. Soames complains bitterly---too bitterly---about cost overruns. Swithin: Robert Lang. Dartie: Ben Miles. read more

The Forsyte Saga Season 32, Episode 1

The series presents a high-gloss remake of “The Forsyte Saga,” John Galsworthy's sprawling Victorian-family soap opera. The first “Forsyte Saga” (which premiered on U.S. public television in 1969) followed the often overlapping romantic affairs of one upper-class London family in 26 episodes. Here it's seven, and Part 1 starts out with young Jolyon Forsyte (Rupert Graves) dumping his wife for his daughter's governess (Amanda Ooms). Later, Jolyon's cousin Soames (Damian Lewis), an austere lawyer, falls hard for the cash-poor Irene Heron (Gina McKee). Bosinney: Ioan Gruffudd. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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