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Masterpiece Season 42 Episodes

11 Episodes 2012 - 2012

Episode 1

Great Expectations

Sun, Apr 1, 2012 57 mins

Part 1 of 2. Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" opens with the orphaned Pip, who lives with his sister and brother-in-law, pilfering a metal file for an escaped convict who needs it to break free from his chains. Pip is also sent to the home of an eccentric spinster for a very odd playdate with the woman's adopted daughter.

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Episode 2

Great Expectations

Sun, Apr 8, 2012 117 mins

The conclusion of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" finds Pip in London, where his guardian explains his allowance to him. In time, he learns the ways of gentlemen; falls further in love with Estella; and discovers the identity of his benefactor.

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Episode 3

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 117 mins

An adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," about an opium-addled choirmaster who believes his nephew stands between him and the woman he fancies. When the nephew goes missing, the question becomes whether the choirmaster acted on his vivid fantasies of murdering his perceived rival or if someone else did the deed. Writer Gwyneth Hughes ("Miss Austen Regrets") finished the famously unfinished tale based on clues left by Dickens.

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Episode 4


Sun, Apr 22, 2012 87 mins

Part 1 of 2. "Birdsong," an adaptation of the Sebastian Faulks novel about a British lieutenant in World War I whose memories of a prewar romance with a married French woman both sustain and haunt him.

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Episode 5


Sun, Apr 29, 2012 87 mins

Conclusion. "Birdsong." Wraysford and his men take part in one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded, the Battle of the Somme.

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Episode 6

Upstairs Downstairs: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing

Sun, Oct 7, 2012 57 mins

Season 2 of "Upstairs Downstairs" commences with two new arrivals at 165 Eaton Place: Sir Hallam's Aunt Blanche and maid Beryl. In other events, a secret about Mr. Pritchard is revealed; and Sir Hallam's concern about Nazi Germany leads to trouble.

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Episode 7

Upstairs Downstairs: The Love That Pays the Price

Sun, Oct 14, 2012 57 mins

Lady Agnes receives bad news as well as organizes a dinner party, during which she attracts the attentions of a wealthy American. In other events, a decision by Mrs. Thackeray results in chaos; and Blanche and Mr. Amanjit set aside their differences in an effort to rescue Jewish children from Germany.

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Episode 8

Upstairs Downstairs: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood

Sun, Oct 21, 2012 57 mins

Blanche reunites with a former lover who published a scandalous, thinly veiled novel about their affair; Beryl disrupts the running of the house; Lady Persie and Sir Hallam become closer after she shares a shocking secret with him.

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Episode 9

Upstairs Downstairs: All the Things You Are

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 57 mins

Harry attempts to impress Beryl by taking up boxing; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam drift further apart; American millionaire Casper Landry reenters Lady Agnes' life; Sir Hallam makes a major decision that could have life-altering implications.

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Episode 10

Upstairs, Downstairs: The Last Waltz

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 57 mins

Mr. Pritchard wonders if there's more to life than service after he enters into a romance with a fellow servant while 165 Eaton Place prepares for the annual servants' ball. In other events, Harry has a proposition for Beryl; and Sir Hallam and Lady Persie continue their affair.

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Episode 11

Upstairs Downstairs: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Sun, Nov 11, 2012 57 mins

In the Season 2 conclusion, Beryl and Harry eye marriage; Lady Agnes returns; a decision by Mr. Pritchard leads to chaos until an old friend lends a hand; and a shocking discovery may forever change the landscape at 165 Eaton Place.

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