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Masterpiece Season 38 episodes

The Unseen Alistair Cooke Season 38, Episode 32

A profile of longtime "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) that's told in his own voice and that features 8mm home movies he began filming in 1933. Included: his relationships with Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard; interviews with family and friends, including "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton. read more

Filth Season 38, Episode 31

The satirical "Filth" features a tremendous performance by Julie Walters as Mary Whitehouse, a real-life school teacher who founded a TV-watchdog group in 1960s Britain in an effort to stop the BBC from broadcasting what she saw as immoral programs. The BBC's modern-minded director-general, Sir Hugh Greene (Hugh Bonneville), will hear none of her complaints, however, and he winds up in Mrs. Whitehouse's crosshairs. Ernest: Alun Armstrong. Lord Charlie Hill: Ron Cook. read more

God on Trial Season 38, Episode 30

The provocative and powerful "God on Trial" finds a group of Jews at Auschwitz convening a rabbinical court to put the Lord on trial for breaking his covenant with them while waiting for the Nazis to come and take some of them to the gas chambers. Baumgarten: Stellan Skarsgard. Mordechai: Rupert Graves. Schmidt: Stephen Dillane. Kuhn: Jack Shepherd. read more

The Last Enemy Season 38, Episode 29

In the conclusion of "The Last Enemy," Stephen is sent to collect blood samples from the dying refugees to show that the vaccine was indeed contaminated, and seeks to expose what happened before the evidence vanishes. read more

The Last Enemy Season 38, Episode 28

Part 4 of 5 of "The Last Enemy" finds Stephen and Yasim searching for the truth about a hepatitis B vaccine that may have been contaminated; and Stephen thrust into homelessness when his identity is wiped out. read more

The Last Enemy Season 38, Episode 27

Part 3 of 5 of "The Last Enemy" finds Stephen and Yasim joining with rogue agent David Russell in order to unravel the bioweapons conspiracy and its possible link to TIA. read more

The Last Enemy Season 38, Episode 26

Part 2 of 5 of "The Last Enemy." Stephen tries to discover what killed the woman he found in his apartment; Yasim believes that Michael may have learned something he shouldn't prior to his death. read more

The Last Enemy Season 38, Episode 25

Part 1 of the five-part "Last Enemy," a fast-paced thriller about a mathematician (Benedict Cumberbatch) who's swept up in intrigue when, after years abroad, he returns to England for the funeral of his brother, a doctor killed in Afghanistan. Things turn odd when he arrives at his brother's flat to discover a seriously ill woman being tended to by his brother's wife (Anamaria Marinca), a Bosnian doctor; and odder yet the next day, when he's recruited to work with TIA (Total Information Agency). read more

The Shadow in the North Season 38, Episode 24

"The Shadow in the North" finds feisty Victorian sleuth Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) discovering a common thread in a series of seemingly disparate events, including an investment gone wrong, a conjurer targeted by thugs and a clairvoyant's vision of a murder. Frederick Garland: JJ Feild. Nicholas Bedwell: David Harewood. Nellie Budd: Dona Croll. read more

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Know Thine Enemy Season 38, Episode 23

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Know Thine Enemy" finds Lynley and Havers on the case of a possible serial killer after a suburban London schoolgirl turns up dead and another goes missing. Tania Thompson: Honeysuckle Weeks. Guy Thompson: James D'Arcy. read more

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Limbo Season 38, Episode 22

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Limbo" finds Lynley, six months after the death of his wife, drawn into the 15-year-old mystery of his godson's abduction. The case takes him to Rome, where a tragedy occurs---and he's arrested for murder. Vivienne Oborne: Samantha Bond. Sam Oborne: Nicholas Farrell. DS Michelle Tate: Geraldine Somerville. read more

Foyle's War: All Clear Season 38, Episode 21

"Foyle's War: All Clear" finds DCS Foyle, in the final days of the war, serving on a committee created to keep a lid on the victory celebrations following the Germans' defeat. The murder of a fellow committee member, however, soon occupies his time; and leads him into waters that the Allies would prefer he not explore. Maj. John Kiefer: Jay Benedict. Andrew Foyle: Julien Ovenden. Dr. Henry Ziegler: John Ramm. Martin Longmate: Mark Bazeley. read more

Foyle's War: Broken Souls Season 38, Episode 20

In "Foyle's War: Broken Souls," the detective chief superintendent investigates the murder of an unpopular doctor at a psychiatric clinic for war veterans and the slaying of an escaped German POW. Sam, meanwhile, searches for a missing telegram-delivery boy. Dr. Josef Novak: Nicholas Woodeson. Iain Campbell: Duncan Bell. Tommy Crooks: Danny Worters. Fred Dawson: Joseph Mawle. read more

Foyle's War: Plan of Attack Season 38, Episode 19

In "Foyle's War: Plan of Attack," former DCS Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is in the midst of writing his memoirs when he's called out of retirement to investigate an airman's apparent suicide. DCS Meredith: Nicholas Day. Joyce Meredith: Elizabeth McKechnie. Father Martin Keppler: Martin Sinclair. Jane Hudson: Fiona Glascott. Adam Everitt: Vince Leigh. read more

Inspector Lewis: Expiation Season 38, Episode 18

In "Inspector Lewis: Expiation," Lewis probes the apparent suicide of an Oxford housewife (Emma Croft). Hugh Mallory: James Wilby. David Hayward: Vincent Regan. Louise Hayward: Lucy Robinson. read more

Inspector Lewis: Old School Ties Season 38, Episode 17

"Inspector Lewis: Old School Ties" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating the murder of an Oxford student whose body was discovered in her hotel room. Prof. Weller: Don Gallagher. Chloe: Sarah Quintrell. Paul: Alex McSweeney. read more

Inspector Lewis: Whom the Gods Would Destroy Season 38, Episode 16

"Inspector Lewis: Whom the Gods Would Destroy" finds the former Insp. Morse sidekick (Kevin Whately) and DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox) investigating the death of a middle-aged Oxford graduate, whose body was discovered on his houseboat. Anne Sadikov: Anna Madeley. Prof. Gold: Anna Massey. Chief Superintendent Innocent: Rebecca Front. read more

Cranford Season 38, Episode 15

In the conclusion of "Cranford," Dr. Harrison (Simon Woods) is disgraced when it's discovered he's engaged to three women; Mr. Carter'is shocked by Lady Ludlow (Francesca Annis), who mortgaged her estate; and Matty (Judi Dench) is in financial peril after the bank collapses. Mr. Carter: Philip Glenister. Deborah: Eileen Atkins. read more

Cranford Season 38, Episode 14

Part 2 of 3 of "Cranford" finds a vagrant (Dean Lennox Kelly) blamed for a crime wave that includes a missing leg of mutton and a mugging. Also, Matty (Judi Dench) reunites with her long-ago suitor, Mr. Holbrook (Michael Gambon). Deborah: Eileen Atkins. read more

Cranford Season 38, Episode 13

A three-part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford," about life in an 1840s Cheshire village. Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins star as sisters Matty and Deborah Jenkyns who, in the opener, welcome an old friend (Lisa Dillon) to live with them. Also, the town's new doctor (Simon Woods) introduces new medical procedures and causes hearts to swoon; and a railroad headed Cranford's way causes some concern. Lady Ludlow: Francesca Annis. read more

My Boy Jack Season 38, Episode 12

David Haig wrote and stars in "My Boy Jack," a sobering, well-acted story of Rudyard Kipling (Haig) and his son (Daniel Radcliffe), whose efforts to join the British military prior to WWI are rejected (because of myopia) until his father intervenes. Sent to France, Jack takes part in "the greatest battle in the history of the world." Days later, a telegram arrives informing his family that he's missing, prompting his parents to seek the answer to his fate. Carrie Kipling: Kim Cattrall. read more

A Room With a View Season 38, Episode 11

E.M. Forster's "A Room With a View" stars Elaine Cassidy as Lucy, who's intrigued by working-class George (Timothy Spall) after he and his father (Rafe Spall) exchange rooms with her and chaperone Charlotte (Sophie Thompson) while vacationing in Italy. However, Charlotte whisks her away before anything too improper can happen. In England, Lucy becomes engaged to snobbish Cecil (Laurence Fox), but the match may be short-lived, after George and his dad move nearby. read more

Sense and Sensibility Season 38, Episode 10

In the conclusion of "Sense and Sensibility," Elinor's dismayed to learn that Edward is secretly engaged to another woman, and Marianne is shocked that Willoughby isn't happy to see her after she, Elinor and Mrs. Jennings travel to London. Later, Elinor learns disturbing news about Willoughby; Col. Brandon rescues Marianne during a rainstorm; and Edward visits Barton Cottage to see Elinor. Elinor: Hattie Morahan. Marianne: Charity Wakefield. Edward: Dan Stevens. Willoughby: Dominic Cooper. read more

Sense and Sensibility Season 38, Episode 9

Part 1 of 2. A sumptuous adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," about sisters Elinor and Marianne (Hattie Morahan, Charity Wakefield) in the late 18th century. Their lives are upended following their father's death when, at the behest of his wife, Fanny (Claire Skinner), half-brother John (Mark Gatiss)---who inherited their father's riches---backtracks on his vow to care for them and their mother (Janet McTeer). Edward Ferrars: Dan Stevens. Col. Brandon: David Morrissey. read more

Miss Austen Regrets Season 38, Episode 4

Passages from Jane Austen's letters and books spice "Miss Austen Regrets," which dramatizes the final years of her too-short life (1775-1817). Olivia Williams is perfect as free-spirited "spinster" Jane, who comes to terms with the lost loves of her past while advising a niece (Imogen Poots) about potential suitors; and, by chance, discovers a possible match for herself with a young doctor (Jack Huston).The outstanding supporting cast also includes Greta Scacchi as Jane's older sister Cassandra. read more

Mansfield Park Season 38, Episode 3

Billie Piper ("Doctor Who") stars in this adaptation of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" as Fanny Price, a young woman from a poor background who has been raised by her wealthy uncle and aunt. While growing up amidst her new family, she forms a tight bond with the second son, Edmund (Blake Ritson); is severely chastised by her uncle (Douglas Hodge) for turning down a marriage proposal; and finds true love. Henry Crawford: Joseph Beattie. Mary Crawford: Hayley Atwell. read more

Northanger Abbey Season 38, Episode 2

This adaptation of Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" features Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland, a gothic-novel afficiando whose vivid imagination leads her into trouble during a stay with the wealthy Tilney family at their medieval country house. At the same time, Catherine's budding romance with the younger son, Henry Tilney (J.J. Feild), is threatened. Isabella Thorpe: Carey Mulligan. John Thorpe: William Beck. Eleanor Tilney: Catherine Walker. read more

Persuasion Season 38, Episode 1

The venerable series "Masterpiece Theatre" changes its name but not its quality, delivering a solid adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," about 27-year-old Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins), who's facing spinsterhood when a past love, the handsome Capt. Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones), reenters her life. The strong supporting cast includes Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") as Anne's father, the crotchety Sir Walter Elliot. Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") joins the franchise as a host. read more

Emma Season 38, Episode 8

This 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" stars Kate Beckinsale as a well-intentioned but clueless young woman who mismanages the lives of her friends and neighbors. Mr. Knightley: Mark Strong. Harriet: Samantha Morton. Mrs. Weston: Samantha Bond. Mr. Elton: Dominic Rowan. Frank Churchill: Raymond Coulthard. Miss Fairfax: Olivia Williams. read more

Pride and Prejudice Season 38, Episode 7

The conclusion of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" finds the Bennet family scandalized when Lydia (Julia Sawalha) hightails it to London with Wickham (Adrian Lukis). Also, Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle), reassesses her judgment of Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth); Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter) proposes to Jane (Susannah Harker); and Elizabeth argues with Darcy's aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Barbara Leigh-Hunt). Mrs. Bennet: Alison Steadman. Mr. Bennet: Benjamin Whitrow. read more

Pride and Prejudice Season 38, Episode 6

Part 2 of 3. Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" continues, as Charlotte (Lucy Scott) accepts a proposal from Mr. Collins (David Bamber). Later, Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) visits the newly married couple, and receives a proposal of her own. read more

Pride and Prejudice Season 38, Episode 5

Part 1 of 3. The beloved, Emmy Award-winning 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," a comedy of manners, opens with the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) taking a dislike to the haughty Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth). Meanwhile, her sister Jane (Susannah Harker) falls for Darcy's good-natured friend Charles Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter), the Bennets' new neighbor. Mrs. Bennet: Alison Steadman. Mr. Bennet: Benjamin Whitrow. Mr. Collins: David Bamber. read more

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