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Masterpiece Season 35 episodes

The Virgin Queen Season 35, Episode 12

“The Virgin Queen” concludes with Elizabeth I (Anne-Marie Duff) surviving the threat of her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and four decades of palace intrigue. But her “finest hour,” the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, is marred by the death of “Robbie” Dudley (Tom Hardy), her “most faithful, most obedient servant.” His replacement: another dashing young “Robbie” (Hans Matheson), the Earl of Essex and Dudley's stepson. William Cecil: Ian Hart. Lattice Knowles: Sienna Guillory. read more

The Virgin Queen Season 35, Episode 11

“The Virgin Queen,” a two-part dramatization of the life of Elizabeth I (Anne-Marie Duff), opens with her unpopular sister, “Bloody Mary,” on the throne and “Bess” in the tower of London. But not for long. Mary dies in 1558 and Bess becomes queen. Her constantly scheming courtiers' top priority: get her married to a suitable crowned head, but she demurs. “I married England, my lords,” she proclaims. Dudley: Tom Hardy. Norfolk: Kevin McKidd. Kat: Tara Fitzgerald. Cecil: Ian Hart. read more

Kidnapped Season 35, Episode 10

Robert Louis Stevenson's “Kidnapped” concludes with Davie (James Anthony Pearson) and rebel Alan Breck (Iain Glen) on the run in Scotland from both the British and bounty hunters. Breck is wanted for killing a tax collector, and the British will hang an innocent man (Gregor Fisher) unless he surrenders. Col. MacNab: Paul McGann. Catriona: Kirstin Coulter Smith. Ebenezer: Adrian Dunbar. Cluny: John Bach. read more

Kidnapped Season 35, Episode 9

A two-part adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Kidnapped” begins as young Scotsman Davie Balfour (James Anthony Pearson) is sold into slavery by his uncle to a ship captain bound for the Indies. Sweeping in to save him: swashbuckling Alan Breck (Iain Glen), and their adventures in service to the Jacobite “new revolution” begin with the two on the run from the British in the Scottish highlands. Filmed in New Zealand. Ebenezer: Adrian Dunbar. Capt. Hoseason: Gavin Richards. read more

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silk Stocking Season 35, Episode 8

“Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silk Stocking.” The cerebral sleuth (Rupert Everett) stalks an eerily foggy Edwardian London on the trail of a killer targeting aristocratic young women. The fiend's calling card: he dresses his victims in his previous victim's clothes after strangling them and stuffing silk stockings into their throats. He also admires their feet. Watson: Ian Hart. Pentney: Jonathan Hyde. Mary Pentney: Eleanor David. Lestrade: Neil Dudgeon. Mrs. Vandeleur: Helen McCrory. read more

Island at War: Episode 5 Season 35, Episode 7

Love and decency complicate the conclusion of “Island at War.” Exhibit A: Angelique and Timmermann (Joanne Forggart, Laurence Fox). And her sister Joan's “fraternization” with the Germans isn't what it seems. Meanwhile, Zelda and Philip (Louisa Clein, Sam Heughan) make a break from the island by boat; and the baron (Philip Glenister) hears the worst thing a parent can hear. Dorr: James Wilby. Felicity: Clare Holman. June: Samantha Robinson. read more

Island at War: Episode 4 Season 35, Episode 6

Residents of St. Gregory react to LaSalle's execution with defiance and resolve in Part 4 of “Island at War.” James Dorr (James Wilby) displays his in a manner his wife (Clare Holman) terms “barbaric”---but “impressively so.” However, all three Mahy women associate willingly with Germans. June and Angelique's friend Zelda (Louisa Clein) sees a German, too, but she isn't as willing. Then a crackdown on Jews begins. Rheingarten: Philip Glenister. read more

Island at War: Episode 3 Season 35, Episode 5

In Part 3 of “Island at War,” one of the two British commandos, LaSalle (Richard Dempsey), gives himself up as the Nazis tighten the screws on the islanders. The dead German's body still hasn't been found, but the baron (Philip Glenister) is certain he was shot by the commandos and vows retaliation. Meanwhile, the Nazis are having a tough time wooing local women, but a boatload of “ladies of the night” arrives from France to ease the pressure---on the soldiers if not the townswomen. read more

Island at War: Episode 2 Season 35, Episode 4

In Part 2 of “Island at War,” Commandant Rheingarten (Philip Glenister) occupies an unoccupied wing of the Dorr house, and the Dorrs' son Philip returns---surreptitiously (he's a commando). Meanwhile, a sensitive young German airman (Laurence Fox) has his eye on Angelique Mahy (Joanne Froggatt). And Rheingarten has his eye on Felicity Dorr (Clare Holman). “We are an invading army, ravenous wolves, and we are men without women,” he tells her. “Sooner or later the invader in us will come out.” read more

Island at War: Episode 1 Season 35, Episode 3

“Island at War,” a five-part series that takes events that actually happened in Britain's Channel Islands during World War II and weaves them into a tapestry of resistance. Part 1 begins in 1940. The Nazis occupy France. Eight miles offshore, tensions mount on undefended St. Gregory's Island. Then the Luftwaffe strafes the harbor, killing 12 civilians. Occupying troops soon follow. Their commandant (Philip Glenister) doesn't seem to be a brute, but he hasn't been crossed yet. read more

He Knew He Was Right Season 35, Episode 2

As Anthony Trollope's “He Knew He Was Right” concludes, the insaneTrevelyan (Oliver Dimsdale) has his son kidnapped from his wife, Emily (Laura Fraser). And Trevelyan isn't the only lover to go mad, as Vicar Gibson (David Tennant) discovers after he chooses between Camilla and Arabella French (Claudie Blakley, Fenella Woolgar). Meanwhile, both Hugh and Dorothy Stanbury (Stephen Campbell Moore, Caroline Martin) face formidable obstacles in their romances. Bozzle: Ron Cook. Aunt: Anna Massey. read more

He Knew He Was Right Season 35, Episode 1

Jealousy consumes a Victorian husband in the two-part “He Knew He Was Right,” Anthony Trollope's 1869 take on “Othello.” The tragic lovers: feisty Emily Rowley (Laura Fraser) and her insecure husband, Louis Trevelyan (Oliver Dimsdale). The third party: a flirtatious, if not adulterous, friend (Bill Nighy) of Emily's father. In contrast, romances involving other characters play out with far less intensity. Screenwriter Andrew Davies updated “Othello” in 2002 for “Masterpiece Theatre.” read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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