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Masterpiece Season 36 episodes

Prime Suspect: The Final Act Season 36, Episode 16

The gripping conclusion of “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” begins with the police hunting Curtis (Heshima Thompson) and Tennison (Helen Mirren) dealing with two deaths during her last days on the force. Penny: Laura Greenwood. Philips: Stephen Tompkinson. Sturdy: Gary Lewis. Ruth Sturdy: Katy Murphy. Linda Philips: Eve Best. read more

Prime Suspect: The Final Act Season 36, Episode 15

Part 1 of 2. A superb “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” finds Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) investigating a girl's disappearance (her last case prior to retirement), while battling the bottle and dealing with her ill father. Penny: Laura Greenwood. Philips: Stephen Tompkinson. Sturdy: Gary Lewis. Ruth Sturdy: Katy Murphy. Linda Philips: Eve Best. Arnold Tennison: Frank Finlay. read more

To the Ends of the Earth: Fire Down Below Season 36, Episode 14

The exciting conclusion of “To the Ends of the Earth” involves incidents with ice and fire, a marriage aboard ship and Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) reaching journey's end. In the interim, a committee asks Talbot to persuade the captain to change course and Lt. Benét (Niall Macgregor) devises a plan to keep the ship afloat. Prettiman: Sam Neill. Capt. Anderson: Jared Harris. Miss Granham: Victoria Hamilton. 1st Lt. Summers: Jamie Sives. Brocklebank: Richard McCabe. Pike: Jonathan Slinger. read more

To the Ends of the Earth: Close Quarters Season 36, Episode 13

Part 2. “To the Ends of the Earth” continues with the impressive “Close Quarters,” as Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) falls in love at first sight with Marion Chumley (Joanna Page), who's aboard the Alcyone, a British ship that anchors alongside Talbot's vessel; Deverel (JJ Field) resigns his commission and calls Capt. Anderson (Jared Harris) a coward. Sir Henry Somerset: Charles Dance. Lady Somerset: Cheryl Campbell. Mr. Prettiman: Sam Neill. Adapted from William Golding's trilogy. read more

To the Ends of the Earth: Rites of Passage Season 36, Episode 12

Part 1 of 3. “To the Ends of the Earth,” a vivid adaptation of William Golding's trilogy, begins in 1814 England as young aristocrat Edmund Talbot (Benedict Cumberbatch) boards a ship for a six-month voyage to Australia. Among those he encounters: wealthy Mr. Prettiman (Sam Neill); pious Parson Colley (Daniel Evans); tyrannical captain Anderson (Jared Harris); and servant Wheeler (Brian Pettifer), who tells Talbot that the shaky vessel will “float till she sinks.” read more

Casanova Season 36, Episode 11

The conclusion of “Casanova” starts with the Lothario (David Tennant) escaping from a boudoir balcony, as recalled by his older self (Peter O'Toole), and calling out to the wronged husband, “You love your wife. I love your wife. Aren't we both on the same side?” Henriette: Laura Fraser. Grimani: Rupert Penry-Jones. Bellino: Nina Sosanya. Written by Russell T. Davies. Directed by Sheree Folkson. read more

Casanova Season 36, Episode 10

Part 1 of two. “Casanova,” the famous 18th-century Lothario, is portrayed in later life (by Peter O'Toole) and as a young man (David Tennant). Henriette: Laura Fraser. Grimani: Rupert Penry-Jones. Bellino: Nina Sosanya. Written by Russell T. Davies. Directed by Sheree Folkson. read more

Under the Greenwood Tree Season 36, Episode 9

Three men vie for the affections of schoolteacher Fancy Day (Keeley Hawes) in a 19th-century English village in “Under the Greenwood Tree,” an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. Dick Dewy: James Murray. Parson Maybold: Ben Miles. Mr. Shiner: Steve Pemberton. Reuben Dewy: Tony Haygarth. Geoffrey Day: Tom Georgeson. read more

Carrie's War Season 36, Episode 8

“Carrie's War,” an entrancing tale of a 14-year- old (Keeley Fawcett) and her younger brother (Jack Stanley), evacuated during World War II from England to Wales, where they encounter the dour Mr. Evans (Alun Armstrong), his widowed sister, Mrs. Gotobed (Geraldine McEwan), and her housekeeper, Hepzibah (Pauline Quirke), who's rumored to be a witch. Lou Evans: Lesley Sharp. Albert Sandwich: Eddie Cooper. Mister Johnny: Jamie Bernard. Based on Nina Bawden's novel. read more

My Family and Other Animals Season 36, Episode 7

“My Family and Other Animals” is a charming adaptation of British zoologist Gerald Durrell's recollections of his years as a teen (played by Eugene Simon), spent with his offbeat mother (Imelda Staunton) and siblings on the Greek island of Corfu before World War II, amid odd creatures: crawling, flying and human. Larry: Matthew Goode. Leslie: Russell Tovey. Margo: Tamzin Merchant. Spiro: Omid Djalili. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 6

Conclusion. The first-rate, often touching “Bleak House” ends with a settlement of the Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce case, the deaths of two major characters and a wedding. Included: Bucket (Alun Armstrong) conducts a murder investigation; Smallweed regains Lady Dedlock's letters; Esther receives two marriage proposals. Lady Dedlock: Gillian Anderson. Esther: Anna Maxwell Martin. Jarndyce: Denis Lawson. Sir Leicester: Timothy West. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 5

Part 5. In the penultimate episode of “Bleak House,” Sir Leicester invites Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin), Ada and Jarndyce to visit; Jarndyce tells Esther his hopes for the future; Carstone ends his military career; Esther is reunited with Allan Woodcourt; and Tulkinghorn is surprised by a visitor. Lady Dedlock: Gillian Anderson. Tulkinghorn: Charles Dance. Ada: Carey Mulligan. Carstone: Patrick Kennedy. Woodcourt: Richard Harrington. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 4

“Bleak House,” Part 4. Esther's past is revealed during a talk with Lady Dedlock; Richard visits Ada Clare and Esther; a stack of letters is sought by Tulkinghorn and Guppy; Tulkinghorn confronts Lady Dedlock. Lady Dedlock: Gillian Anderson. Esther: Anna Maxwell Martin.Tulkinghorn: Charles Dance. Richard: Patrick Kennedy. John Jarndyce: Denis Lawson. Ada Clare: Carey Mulligan. Smallweed: Phil Davis. Miss Flite: Pauline Collins. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 3

“Bleak House,” Part 3. Carstone (Patrick Kennedy) studies the numerous Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce files; Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) meets Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) at a country estate, to which Esther had accompanied Ada and John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson). Ada: Carey Mulligan. Tulkinghorn: Charles Dance. Guppy: Burn Gorman. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 2

“Bleak House,” Part 2. Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance) checks into Nemo's past; Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) is attracted to Allan Woodcourt (Richard Harrington); Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) asks Richard and Ada Clare to postpone any marriage plans. Lady Dedlock: Gillian Anderson. Jo: Harry Eden. Krook: Johnny Vegas. Sir Leicester: Timothy West. Richard: Patrick Kennedy. Ada Clare: Carey Mulligan. Adapted by Andrew Davies from the Dickens novel. A BBC production. read more

Bleak House Season 36, Episode 1

“Bleak House” opens the series' 36th season. The sterling six-part BBC adaptation of the Dickens novel stars Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock and Charles Dance as Mr. Tulkinghorn, a solicitor. In Part 1, Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) becomes a companion to Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan). John Jarndyce: Denis Lawson. Richard Carstone: Patrick Kennedy. Nemo: John Lynch. Guppy: Burn Gorman. Adapted by Andrew Davies. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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