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Masterpiece Season 34 episodes

Pollyanna Season 34, Episode 6

“Pollyanna,” Eleanor H. Porter's timeless tale of a sunny young girl (Georgina Terry) who goes to live with her sourpuss Aunt Polly (Amanda Burton) when her father dies. “There's always something to be glad about” is the 11-year-old Pollyanna's motto, and whether it's matching Aunt Polly's maid (Kate Ashfield) and shy handyman (Tom Ellis), or trying to find a home for another orphan (Ben Thornton), she's always trying to spread joy. But Aunt Polly won't play her “glad game,” and Pollyanna can't figure out why not. Screenwriter Simon Nye (“The Railway Children”) changed the setting of Porter's 1913 novel from New England to Britain. Pendleton: Kenneth Cranham. Dr. Chiltern: Aden Gillett. read more

Henry VIII Season 34, Episode 5

“Henry VIII” (Ray Winstone) works his way through his final four wives in the conclusion of this two-part biography of the mercurial 16th-century tyrant who broke with Rome over his marital woes. That break is still fresh as Part 2 opens with the charismatic Catholic officer Robert Aske (Sean Bean) leading 50,000 troops on a “Pilgrimage of Grace” to London. Henry won't be indulgent with him, but will be indulgent to wife No. 3, Jane Seymour (Emilia Fox), who also crosses him. But then, she supplies him with a son. She also dies of an infection before she can cross him again. Cromwell: Danny Webb. Norfolk: Mark Strong. read more

Henry VIII Season 34, Episode 4

Heads roll as “Henry VIII” storms his way through six wives in this bare-knuckled, two-part biography of the mercurial 16th-century tyrant. Ray Winstone stars as the jumpy Henry, who's obsessed with his father's dying command to sire a male heir. And in Part 1, that makes life difficult first for the pious Catherine of Aragon (Assumpta Serna), then for the clever and headstrong Anne Boleyn (Helena Bonham Carter). Wolsey: David Suchet. read more

Talking Heads: The Hand of God Season 34, Episode 3

Eileen Atkins plays a dour antique dealer who gets her fingers burned in “Talking Heads: The Hand of God,” a dark monologue by Alan Bennett. Atkins plays Celia, who suspects the worst in everyone, and knows---just knows---what they're up to. Then a young man walks into her shop and says he's interested in a refectory table that she has been trying to unload. Following “The Hand of God” is another monologue, in which Bennett recalls his childhood. read more

The Lost Prince Season 34, Episode 2

As “The Lost Prince” concludes, World War I overwhelms the royal family, but Johnnie (Matthew Thomas) is off in the country with his nanny, Lalla (Gina McKee), safely out of sight of his parents (Miranda Richardson, Tom Hollander). But when he isn't, he demands more attention than they're willing to give him. Meanwhile, his brother Georgie (Rollo Weeks) is chafing at military school. Stamfordham: Bill Nighy. Queen Alexandra: Bibi Andersson. read more

The Lost Prince Season 34, Episode 1

Part 1 of “The Lost Prince,” a lavish two-part biopic of Queen Elizabeth II's epileptic and learning-disabled uncle, John (Daniel Williams and Matthew Thomas), whose short life (1905-19) paralleled the dissolution of European royalty's gilded age. Prince John was “lost” to history because he was kept hidden from public view because of his odd behavior, which is apparent as the drama opens, in 1908. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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