Episodes cast for
"Masterpiece Classic" (1971) More at IMDbPro »"Masterpiece Theatre" (original title)

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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The First Churchills: The Chaste Nymph

10 January 1971
John Churchill is an able soldier who has proved himself on many occasions and is a favorite of Kings on both sides of the English Channel. He quickly became a senior officer, based on his skill and not his aristocratic background. He was also a ladies man having affairs with several aristocratic ladies including King Charles II's mistress, the Duchess of Cleveland. At a ball he first meets Sarah Jennings, a pretty young girl who has the good fortune of having the support of Mary, the second Duchess of York. He's immediately taken with her but she doesn't reciprocate. She does however show a spirit that Churchill much admires.

Graham Armitage ... Earl of Rochester
Consuela Chapman ... Duchess of Portsmouth

Sheila Gish ... Duchess of York

Verina Greenlaw ... Princess Mary

James Kerry ... Duke of Monmouth
Michael Lynch ... D'Artangan

John Neville ... John Churchill
Kay Patrick ... Henretta Wentworth
Moira Redmond ... Duchess of Cleveland
John Ringham ... Laurence Hyde
Robert Robinson ... Louis XIV

John Standing ... Godolphin
James Villiers ... Charles II
Barry Wade ... Chiffinch
John Westbrook ... James, Duke of York
Holly Wilson ... Margaret Blagge

Season 1, Episode 2: The First Churchills: Bridals

17 January 1971
John Churchill pursues the young Sarah Jennings but she is convinced they can have no future together. Sarah is poor, much as Churchill is, and her mother is convinced that Churchill's father will arrange a marriage for his son only with a rich woman. John has no intention of marrying for convenience and has every intention of marrying for love. He stands his ground, as does Sarah, but Duchess of York becomes a good friend indeed when she eases the way for them. Meanwhile, there is much intrigue going at court with certain lords demanding that no Catholics be counselors to the King. As well, the Duke and Duchhess of York arrange for the marriage of their daughter, Mary, to William of Orange. She has a most peculiar reaction when she first sets eyes on her intended.
Lisa Daniley ... Princess Mary

Sheila Gish ... Duchess of York

James Kerry ... Duke of Monmouth

John Neville ... John Churchill
Kay Patrick ... Henretta Wentworth
Frederick Peisley ... Earl Of Shaftesbury
Arthur Pentelow ... Earl of Danby
Bruce Purchase ... Duke of Buckingham
Moira Redmond ... Duchess of Cleveland
John Ringham ... Laurence Hyde
Robert Robinson ... Louis XIV
Alan Rowe ... Prince of Orange

John Standing ... Sidney Godolphin
James Villiers ... Charles II
John Westbrook ... James, Duke of York
Holly Wilson ... Margaret Blagge

Season 1, Episode 3: The First Churchills: Plot Counter-Plot

24 January 1971
John is promoted to Brigadier and much to Sarah's dismay, is off to Holland. There is much intrigue at court with Titus Oates telling King Charles II there is a Jesuit plot to have him killed and install a Catholic King on the throne. There are plotters on all sides however, with others out to discredit the King's brother, the Duke of York and the Earl of Danby, Lord Treasurer. Lord Shaftsbury urges the King to either divorce his wife an remarry in order to producer a Protestant heir or recognize his illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth, as his legitimate heir. The King refuses both requests but does ask his brother and heir James, Duke of York to leave the Catholic church in favor of the Church of England. He refuses to do so. Sidney Godolphin is the father of a new son but his wife Meg dies in childbirth.
Colin Bean ... Lord Russell
Lisa Daniley ... Princess Mary

John Neville ... John Churchill
Kay Patrick ... Henretta Wentworth
Frederick Peisley ... Earl Of Shaftesbury
Arthur Pentelow ... Earl of Danby
Bruce Purchase ... Duke of Buckingham
Robert Robinson ... Louis XIV
Alan Rowe ... Prince of Orange

John Standing ... Sidney Godolphin
James Villiers ... Charles II
Barry Wade ... Chiffinch
Holly Wilson ... Margaret Blagge

Season 1, Episode 4: The First Churchills: The Lion and the Unicorn

31 January 1971
King Charles II knows that many of the Lords are plotting against him and moves to take control of the situation. He relocates temporarily to Oxford forcing Parliament to move there as well. He then dissolves that institution but doesn't call elections. He also orders his brother and heir James, the Duke of York, to leave temporarily and relocate to Scotland. Churchill and Godolphin accompanies him but James proves to be difficult and cruel towards the people. Sarah Churchill is going to have a child, much to everyone's delight, though she doesn't necessarily look forward to having her mother stay with her during her lying-in. She also continues her close friendship with Princess Anne, James second daughter, who is to be married to Prince George of Denmark. Anne names her a Lady of the Bedchamber, with a stipend of £200 per year.
Colin Bean ... Lord Russell

Sheila Gish ... Duchess of York

James Kerry ... Duke of Monmouth

John Neville ... John Churchill
Frederick Peisley ... Earl Of Shaftesbury
John Ringham ... Laurence Hyde
Robert Robinson ... Louis XIV

John Standing ... Sidney Godolphin

Margaret Tyzack ... Princess Anne
James Villiers ... Charles II
Barry Wade ... Chiffinch
John Westbrook ... James, Duke of York

Season 1, Episode 5: The First Churchills: Rebellion

7 February 1971
King Charles II suddenly falls ill and dies within a few days. He converts to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed and his brother James becomes King. The new King, a Roman Catholic, manages to calm all fears by expressing his undying support and protection of the Church of England, despite his personal beliefs. He writes to his son-in-law the Prince of Orange and asks him to expel from the Netherlands the Duke of Monmouth, the late King's illegitimate son who has his own aspirations to the throne. The new King also names Churchill a Baron of the English peerage. Monmouth lands in Dorset and proclaims his uncle James to be a Papist and a false King. He begins recruiting an army and with several of his supporters, declares war. King James II asks Churchill to lead an army against his nephew but decides to put someone in command above him when he is reminded that Churchill and Monmouth were once close friends. Brilliant General that he is, Churchill defeats him leaving Monmouth to beg King James and Queen Mary to spare his life. Sarah Churchill and Princess Anne continue their close friendship with the somewhat older Sarah taken to giving the young princess advice, which is generally well received.

Season 1, Episode 6: The First Churchills: The Protestant Wind

14 February 1971
Over time, King James II is not living up to his promise to protect the Protestant faith, at least in the eyes of may of his people. He has surrounded himself with Catholic advisers and has asked Parliament to repeal legislation forbidding Catholic appointments to his Privy Council. When the Queen gives birth to a son - many believe her child died at birth and was substituted with another - several members of the House of Lords invite Prince William of Orange, who is married to King James II's eldest daughter Mary, to come to England and assume the throne. King James II soon realizes that he must flee to France when Churchill and many others go to the Protestant side. In offering the throne to William and Mary, Parliament also agrees that William will be King for his lifetime, even if the Queen should predecease him. The royal court is soon filled with Dutch advisers, much to the consternation of those English Lords who supported the new monarchs. Sarah Churchill meanwhile continues to hold favor with Princess Anne, now next in line to the throne.

Season 1, Episode 7: The First Churchills: Trial of Strength

21 February 1971
King James II travels to Catholic Ireland where he is welcomed by the population, with the exception of a few Protestant dominated communities. It is clear that he will push his claim to the throne from there and possibly invade England. King William dispatches Churchill, now the Earl of Marlborough, to Ireland but places a Dutch aristocrat with little military experience above him. Churchill and others are growing weary of being subservient to the King's Dutch cronies and begin to make their objections known. The new Queen also begins to assert her power and orders her sister, Princess Anne, to terminate her relationship with Sarah Churchill. When the Princess refuses to do so, the King takes swift action, canceling all of the Churchills' military and civil appointments and orders the them banished from the Royal Court. The Princess proves to be a loyal friend however, refusing to abandon Sarah and John and inviting her to join them in living elsewhere.

Season 1, Episode 8: The First Churchills: The Queen Commands

28 February 1971
With King William III away commanding his armies, Queen Mary II is left in charge of the affairs of State. She visits her sister Princess Anne who has recently lost her newborn son and again demands that Sarah Churchill be banished. The Princess flatly refuses and the Queen storms out of what would prove to be their final meeting. The Queen continues her machinations against the Churchills and conspires to have documents forged implicating John Churchill in treason. He is soon arrested but fortunately still has friends who support him and realize that he is innocent. Those friends will also become victims of the Queen's wrath. She falls seriously ill however.

Season 1, Episode 9: The First Churchills: Reconciliation

7 March 1971
With the death of Queen Mary II, King William III is now the sole monarch as per the original agreement they had made when invited to occupy the throne. A reconciliation process begins when he invites Princess Anne to a ball. There he makes it clear that there is no love lost between them but that the protection of the Protestant faith is paramount and they must prepare for her eventual succession and that of her 7 year-old son. Sarah Churchill also attend the ball but notes that husband John will not attend until he is summoned personally by the King. The Churchill children are happily married now and producing grandchildren much to the elder Churchills delight. Worried by the Spanish succession and the possibility of yet another European war, King William III summons Churchill and finding that they are of the same mind on the issue, he reinstates him as a Privy Councillor, restores his military rank as well as all titles and privileges at the Royal Court. On William III's death in 1702, Princess Anne ascends to the throne.

Season 1, Episode 10: The First Churchills: A Famous Victory

14 March 1971
With the death of her brother-in-law William III in 1701, Princess Anne becomes Queen. She becomes a popular monarch, even is there are many Jacobites in Parliament who feel that James II is true king. Her friendship with John and Sarah Churchill continues strong, naming John the Duke of Marlborough and providing for him with an annual income that befits his new rank. On the death of Queen Anne's father, the former King James II, King Louis XIV of France recognized James' son as the rightful monarch. This and the issue of the Spanish succession again leads to war with France. Marlborough's military successes continue and his role as head of the army brings endless victories on the battlefield. He is rewarded by the Queen with a grant of 15,000 acres and palace to be built and known as Blenheim. Sarah is becoming somewhat distant from her children as she tends to pry into their lives, particularly that of her eldest daughter Henrietta Godolphin, whose marriage has turned into one of convenience.

Season 1, Episode 11: The First Churchills: Breaking the Circle

21 March 1971
The close friendship between Sarah Churchill and Queen Anne is severely tested. The Queen is a strong advocate of moderation and as such clearly supports the Conservatives in Parliament. The Whigs have the majority however and she is forever battling them. Sarah is of the view that the Queen has to accommodate herself somewhat to the wishes of the people however the Queen rejects the notion that her advisers should be made up of the majority party in Parliament. She also rejects flatly the suggestion that Lord Sutherland, Sarah's son-in-law and a moderate Whig, be named to the Privy Council. Over time, the Queen comes to reject her advice more and more and Sarah finds herself outside of of the monarchs inner circle. The Queen is now relying far more on Abigail Hill, Sarah's cousin, as her confidant. She has written the Queen several times but receives no reply and is not able to get a private appointment with her.

Season 1, Episode 12: The First Churchills: Not Without Honor

28 March 1971
The war with France, which has so far lasted the entirety of Queen Anne's reign, continues with the armies under the Duke of Marlborough as the Captain-General of the forces. Victory is at hand however leading to the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. As Sarah becomes older, she becomes more desperate to simply understand what happened with her relationship with the Queen. Her letters go unanswered and her request for a private audience fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, the influence of her cousin Abigail Hill, whom she had rescued from poverty years before, seemingly knows no bounds. The Queen is thrilled that the Conservatives have a major electoral victory and that she finally has a governing party that she feels she can work with. The question of the succession to the British throne is still a vexing one with Jacobites arguing in favor of James II's son while others wish to follow the agreement of 1701 that the Hanovers would take the throne. The issue is settled and with peace in Europe, the Duke and Duchess continue their lives having made a major mark in history.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Spoils of Poynton: Pride of Possession

4 April 1971
The cultivated Mrs Adela Gereth is worried that her son Owen will marry Mona Brigstock - she considers Mona to be brash and completely unsuitable. Owen soon gets engaged to Mona and expects to take over Poynton, the family's large country house, which is filled with valuable antique furniture, pictures and collections. Mrs Gereth does not want to let go of the house, but she is even more attached to the contents.

Season 1, Episode 14: The Spoils of Poynton: Sharp Practice

11 April 1971
Owen asks his friend Fleda Vetch to help him to persuade his mother to clear out of Poynton. Mrs Gereth decides to move to another house on the estate, called Ricks. But she does not plan to lose her favorite pictures and pieces of furniture as well.

Season 1, Episode 15: The Spoils of Poynton: Trial of Strength

18 April 1971
Fleda visits Mrs Gereth at Ricks and finds she has furnished it with all the best furniture and pictures from Poynton. Mona Brigstock is angry with what she looks on as this theft. Meanwhile, Owen is now more attracted to Fleda than to Mona and tells Fleda of his love for her - but she says he should honor his promise to Mona, unless she lets him go.

Season 1, Episode 16: The Spoils of Poynton: Retribution

25 April 1971
Mrs Gereth returns all the best furniture to Poynton, just before Owen and Mona get married, and they go abroad on their honeymoon. Owen writes to Fleda, inviting her to choose one item from the house for herself. She goes to Poynton, but finds it has gone up in flames, along with all of its contents.

Season 1, Episode 17: The Possessed: The Sins of Others

2 May 1971

Season 1, Episode 18: The Possessed: The Cripple

9 May 1971

Season 1, Episode 19: The Possessed: The Convict

16 May 1971

Season 1, Episode 20: The Possessed: The Meeting

23 May 1971

Season 1, Episode 21: The Possessed: The Fire

30 May 1971

Season 1, Episode 22: The Possessed: The Last Murder

6 June 1971

Season 1, Episode 23: Pere Goriot: Gilded Youth

13 June 1971

Season 1, Episode 24: Pere Goriot: Part 2

20 June 1971

Season 1, Episode 25: Pere Goriot: Part 3

27 June 1971

Season 1, Episode 26: Pere Goriot: Part 4

4 July 1971

Season 1, Episode 27: Jude the Obscure: At Marygreen

3 October 1971

Season 1, Episode 28: Jude the Obscure: To Christminster

10 October 1971
Jude serves out his apprenticeship as a stonemason and then goes to Christminster hoping to attend school there.

Season 1, Episode 29: Jude the Obscure: To Melchester

17 October 1971
Jude departs Christminster, having been rejected for admission by the Dean of Cardinal College.

Season 1, Episode 30: Jude the Obscure: To Shaston

24 October 1971
Phillotson proposes to Sue, who asks Jude for his advice about the proposal.

Season 1, Episode 31: Jude the Obscure: To Aldbrickham

31 October 1971
Sue and Jude begin divorce proceedings against their respective spouses and start living together under one roof but in separate rooms.

Season 1, Episode 32: Jude the Obscure: Christminster Again

7 November 1971
Jude travels in search of work and the pregnant Sue finds that she must work too.

Season 1, Episode 33: The Gambler: Part 1

14 November 1971

Season 1, Episode 34: The Gambler: Part 2

21 November 1971

Season 1, Episode 39: Cold Comfort Farm

26 December 1971


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Vanity Fair: Part 1

1 October 1972


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 13: The Little Farm

30 December 1973


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 28: The Nine Tailors: Part 1

13 April 1975


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 7: Notorious Woman: Part 1

16 November 1975


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 11: Five Red Herrings: Part 1

19 December 1976


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: I, Claudius: Part 1

6 November 1977


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 7, Episode 2: I, Claudius: Part 2

13 November 1977

Season 7, Episode 3: I, Claudius: Part 3

20 November 1977

Season 7, Episode 4: I, Claudius: Part 4

27 November 1977

Season 7, Episode 5: I, Claudius: Part 5

4 December 1977

Season 7, Episode 6: I, Claudius: Part 6

11 December 1977

Season 7, Episode 7: I, Claudius: Part 7

18 December 1977

Season 7, Episode 8: I, Claudius: Part 8

25 December 1977

Season 7, Episode 9: I, Claudius: Part 9

1 January 1978

Season 7, Episode 10: I, Claudius: Part 10

8 January 1978

Season 7, Episode 11: I, Claudius: Part 11

15 January 1978

Season 7, Episode 12: I, Claudius: Part 12

22 January 1978

Season 7, Episode 13: I, Claudius: Part 13

29 January 1978


Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: The Mayor of Casterbridge: Part 1

3 September 1978
At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. Eighteen years later, Henchard has become Mayor of Casterbridge, a man well respected but not well liked. The unexpected return of his wife and daughter Elizabeth Jane sets off a turn of events that force him to face the consequences of his selfish impulses and violent temper.

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: Kean: Part 1

9 September 1979


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 10


Season 10, Episode 15: Danger UXB: Part 1

4 January 1981


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: A Town Like Alice: Part 1

4 October 1981


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 12


Season 12, Episode 23: On Approval

13 March 1983


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 12, Episode 24: Drake's Venture

27 March 1983


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 13


Season 13, Episode 24: The Tale of Beatrix Potter: Part 1

25 March 1984


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 14


Season 14, Episode 1: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 1

28 October 1984

Season 14, Episode 2: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 2

4 November 1984

Season 14, Episode 3: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 3

11 November 1984

Season 14, Episode 4: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 4

18 November 1984

Season 14, Episode 5: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 5

25 November 1984

Season 14, Episode 6: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 6

2 December 1984

Season 14, Episode 7: The Barchester Chronicles: Part 7

9 December 1984

Season 14, Episode 8: The Jewel in the Crown: Part 1

16 December 1984


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 15


Season 15, Episode 7: Bleak House: Part 1

1 December 1985


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 16


Season 16, Episode 22: Silas Marner

15 March 1987
When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 16, Episode 28: The Death of the Heart

3 May 1987


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 17


Season 17, Episode 24: David Copperfield: Part 1

27 March 1988


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 18


Season 18, Episode 8: Heaven on Earth

4 December 1988


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 18, Episode 9: A Wreath of Roses

8 January 1989


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 18, Episode 10: A Very British Coup

15 January 1989


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 19


Season 19, Episode 1: And a Nightengale Sang

15 October 1989


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 19, Episode 10: The Yellow Wallpaper

30 January 1990


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 20


Season 20, Episode 1: The Heat of the Day

8 October 1990


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 20, Episode 6: Jeeves and Wooster: In Court After the Boat Race (or, Jeeves' Arrival)

11 November 1990

Season 20, Episode 7: Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie Is in Love (or, Golf Tournament)

18 November 1990

Season 20, Episode 8: Jeeves and Wooster: The Village Sports Day at Twing (or, the Gambling Event)

25 November 1990

Season 20, Episode 9: Jeeves and Wooster: How Does Gussie Woo Madeline? (or, Hunger Strike)

2 December 1990

Season 20, Episode 10: Jeeves and Wooster: Will Anatole Return to Brinkley Court? (or, the Matchmaker)

9 December 1990


Season 21


Season 21, Episode 7: She's Been Away

19 November 1991


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 21, Episode 18: Clarissa: Part 1

5 April 1992

Season 21, Episode 19: Clarissa: Part 2

12 April 1992

Season 21, Episode 20: Clarissa: Part 3

12 April 1992


Season 22


Season 22, Episode 13: The Countess Alice

3 January 1993


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 22, Episode 14: Impromptu

10 January 1993


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 23


Season 23, Episode 1: Selected Exits

3 October 1993

Season 23, Episode 6: Sharpe's Rifles: Part 1

14 November 1993

Season 23, Episode 8: Sharpe's Eagle: Part 1

28 November 1993


Season 24


Season 24, Episode 1: The Blue Boy

4 October 1994


Season 25


Season 25, Episode 4: The Great Kandinksy

17 October 1995

Season 25, Episode 15: Heavy Weather

24 May 1996


Peter O'Toole ... Lord Emsworth

Judy Parfitt ... Lady Constance Keeble

Season 26


Season 26, Episode 4: Bramwell II: Part 1

27 October 1996

Season 26, Episode 11: A Royal Scandal

12 January 1997

Season 26, Episode 13: Prime Suspect: Errors of Judgment: Part 1

9 February 1997

Season 26, Episode 14: Prime Suspect: Errors of Judgment: Part 2

16 February 1997


Season 27


Season 27, Episode 1: The Mill on the Floss

12 October 1997
Lawyer Wakem takes away the mill on the river Floss from Edward Tulliver, whose ancestors owned it for 300 years, and becomes the worst enemy of Tulliver's family. When Edward's daughter, Maggie, grows up, she falls in love with Wakem's son Philip, but her brother Tom, true to the memory of their father, forbids her to meet him again. When she visits her cousin, Lucy Deane, Lucy's fiancée Stephen Guest falls in love with Maggie at first sight, further complicating matters.

Season 28


Season 28, Episode 1: King Lear

11 October 1998
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.

Season 28, Episode 2: Wuthering Heights

18 October 1998
Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his step sister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Season 28, Episode 22: Goodnight, Mister Tom

30 May 1999


Season 29


Season 29, Episode 1: A Rather English Marriage

12 October 1999

Season 29, Episode 5: Lost for Words

31 October 1999

Season 29, Episode 16: David Copperfield: Part 1

16 April 2000

Season 29, Episode 17: David Copperfield: Part 2

17 April 2000

Season 29, Episode 18: Seeing Red

30 April 2000


Season 30


Season 30, Episode 4: Mrs Brown

5 November 2000

Season 30, Episode 5: The Railway Children

23 April 2000
Dramatization of E. Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.
Jack Blumenau ... Peter
Clare Thomas ... Phyllis

Jemima Rooper ... Bobbie

Jenny Agutter ... Mother

Michael Kitchen ... Father
Valerie Minifie ... Cook
Melanie Clark Pullen ... Ruth

Georgie Glen ... Aunt Emma

Gregor Fisher ... Perks

Amanda Walker ... Mrs. Ransome

Clive Russell ... Station Master

Richard Attenborough ... The Old Gentleman

David Bamber ... Doctor Forrest
Jane Wood ... Mrs. Viney
Ian Gain ... Bargee

Sophie Thompson ... Mrs. Perks

JJ Feild ... Jim
Bobby Windebank ... Bargee's Boy

Velibor Topic ... Mr. Szczepansky
Geoffrey Beevers ... District Superintendent
Michael Gunn ... Engine Driver
Paul Trussell ... Fireman
Max Southworth ... Son of Perks
Lee Turnbull ... Draper's Boy
Richard Lloyd ... Draper
Russell Baker ... Himself - Host

Season 31


Season 31, Episode 1: The Merchant of Venice

8 October 2001


David Bamber ... Antonio

Peter De Jersey ... Salerio

Mark Umbers ... Solanio
Alexander Hanson ... Bassanio
Jack James ... Lorenzo
Richard Henders ... Gratiano
Derbhle Crotty ... Portia
Alex Kelly ... Nerissa

Henry Goodman ... Shylock
Chu Omambala ... Prince of Morocco
Andrew French ... Launcelot Gobbo
Oscar James ... Old Gobbo

Gabrielle Jourdan ... Jessica

Raymond Coulthard ... Prince of Arragon
Mark Springer ... Leonardo
Ceri Ann Gregory ... Cabaret Singer / Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Leigh McDonald ... Cabaret Singer / Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio (as Leigh Macdonald)

Lawrence Werber ... Tubal (as Laurence Werber)
John Nolan ... Balthazar
David Burt ... Duke of Venice

Michael Wildman ... Stephano / Masked Man
Vernon Douglas ... Morocco's Manservant
Charles Millham ... Video Suiter
David Arneil ... Video Suiter
Giles Smith ... German Video Suiter

Patrick Baladi ... Italian Video Suiter
Adrian Penketh ... English Video Suiter
Stephen Ballantyne ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Cristina Barreiro ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio (as Cristina Barriero)
Mark Carey ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Jim Creighton ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Edward Gower ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Caroline Nicholls ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Alastair Parker ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Anthony Renshaw ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
Gabriel Swartland ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio
David Weston ... Customers / Masquers / Servants / Courtroom Supporters of Antonio

John Nolan ... Balthazar

Season 31, Episode 2: The Ponder Heart

15 October 2001
Uncle Daniel Ponder moves to give away his fortune, while his niece, Edna Earle, tries to tighten the reins on Daniel's generosity. After Daniel marries teenager Bonnie Dee Peacock, her death leads to Daniel's trial for murder.

Season 34


Season 34, Episode 1: The Lost Prince: Part 1

17 October 2004

Season 34, Episode 2: The Lost Prince: Part 2

24 October 2004


Season 35


Season 35, Episode 13: Carrie's War

16 April 2006


Season 36


Season 36, Episode 7: My Family and Other Animals

9 April 2006
An English family relocates to sunny Greece in the months before WWII.

Season 36, Episode 9: Under the Greenwood Tree

23 April 2006
In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

Season 36, Episode 10: Casanova: Part 1

8 October 2006


Season 37


Season 37, Episode 1: Jane Eyre: Part 1

21 January 2007

Season 37, Episode 4: The Ruby in the Smoke

27 December 2006
In Victorian England, Sally Lockhart receives an anonymous note sending her on a mysterious quest. Her father has recently died and feeling suffocated living with her elderly aunt moves in with newfound friends, a photographer and his sister. She is soon made aware that the mysterious Mrs. Holland is out to kill her. In the end, she realizes the solution to the mystery is rooted in events that occurred long ago when she lived with her father in India and a recurring dream she has had ever since.

Billie Piper ... Sally Lockhart

Matt Smith ... Jim Taylor

Sian Thomas ... Mrs. Rees
Kay Lyon ... Ellen
Robert Putt ... Porter

Trevor Cooper ... Mr. Higgs

Robert Glenister ... Samuel Selby

Dominic Coleman ... Jeremiah Blyth

Miles Anderson ... Major Marchbanks
Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs. Thorpe
Chloe Walker ... Adelaide

Julie Walters ... Mrs. Holland

JJ Feild ... Frederick Garland

Ramon Tikaram ... Maharajah
Matthew Cureton ... Young Marchbanks
Tom Davey ... Young Lockhart

Don Gilet ... Henry Hopkins

David Harewood ... Matthew Bedwell / Rev Nicholas Bedwell
Kevin John Harvey ... Seadog (as Kevin Harvey)
Jason Chan ... Chinese Man
Nathanael Kelly ... Clerk

Tony Maudsley ... Mr. Berry

Hayley Atwell ... Rosa Garland
Pik Sen Lim ... Madame Sheng (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Julia Joyce ... Young Sally

Elliot Cowan ... Hendrick Van Eeden / Ah Ling

Tom Wu ... Perak
Sandra Maitland ... Landlady

Dennis Banks ... Cabbie
Billy Seymour ... Paddy

Martin Jarvis ... Voice of Captain Lockhart (voice)
Nick Ellison ... Dock Worker (uncredited)

Season 37, Episode 6: The Wind in the Willows

8 April 2007

Season 37, Episode 7: Northanger Abbey

20 January 2008

Season 37, Episode 8: Mansfield Park

27 January 2008

Season 37, Episode 9: Miss Austen Regrets

3 February 2008
Based on the life and letters of Jane Austen, Miss Austen Regrets tells the story of the novelist's final years, examining why, despite setting the standard for romantic fiction, she died having never married or met her own Mr. Darcy.

Season 37, Episode 11: The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard: Part 4

11 November 2007
So angry is she at the state of politics and so distrustful of the politicians on offer that local supermarket manager Mrs Pritchard stands on an Independent ticket at the General Election, determined to make a point. And what starts as a bit of a joke gathers momentum with even a couple of heavyweight politicians defecting to Mrs Pritchard's side. She's a breath of fresh air; she speaks the language people have wanted to hear for so very long. The country, previously apathetic at the paltry options available, turn out in their millions and elect Mrs Pritchard's Purple Alliance in on a landslide, which is where her problems really begin...

Season 38


Season 38, Episode 1: Persuasion

13 January 2008

Season 38, Episode 9: Sense and Sensibility: Part 1

30 March 2008
The final installment of "The Complete Jane Austen." Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret inherit only a tiny allowance. So they move out of their Somerset estate to a modest cottage in Devonshire. In the meantime, Elinor has met and fallen in love with Edward, the brother of her sister-in-law, but does he return her love? Marianne has met and fallen in love with the handsome and wealthy Willoughby, who returns her love. She's also being courted by the gentleman Colonel Brandon. This is part one of two.

Season 38, Episode 10: Sense and Sensibility: Part 2

6 April 2008
The final installment of "The Complete Jane Austen." Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters , Marianne and Charlotte inherit only a tiny allowance. So they move out of their grant Sommerset home to a modest cottage in Devonshire. There the prevailing ambition is to find suitable husbands for the girls. With help from wealthy neighbor sir John Middleton, suitable suitors for Margareth and Marianne are soon found, but not landed. They include dashing doctor Willoughby, future vicar Edward Ferrars and retired colonial gentleman colonel Brandon. This is part two of two.

Season 38, Episode 11: A Room with a View

13 April 2008

Season 38, Episode 12: My Boy Jack

20 April 2008

Season 38, Episode 13: Cranford: Part 1

4 May 2008
In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Season 38, Episode 14: Cranford: Part 2

11 May 2008

Season 38, Episode 15: Cranford: Part 3

18 May 2008

Season 38, Episode 16: Filth

16 November 2008

Season 38, Episode 17: The Unseen Alistair Cooke

23 November 2008


Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 39


Season 39, Episode 1: Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Part 1

4 January 2009

Season 39, Episode 5: Oliver Twist: Part 1

15 February 2009

Season 39, Episode 6: Oliver Twist: Part 2

22 February 2009

Season 39, Episode 7: Little Dorrit: Part 1

29 March 2009

Season 39, Episode 8: Little Dorrit: Part 2

5 April 2009

Season 39, Episode 9: Little Dorrit: Part 3

12 April 2009

Season 39, Episode 10: Little Dorrit: Part 4

19 April 2009

Season 39, Episode 11: Little Dorrit: Part 5

26 April 2009

Season 39, Episode 12: The Old Curiosity Shop

3 May 2009


Season 40


Season 40, Episode 1: Return to Cranford: Part 1

10 January 2010
This episode is about August 1844. The description is under a duplicate listing aired in 2007. This listing was for Masterpiece Theatre's airing, but it is also listed separately as it is a UK television 2 part series of 90 minutes each. Masterpiece Theatre in the USA showed it as 3 one hour episodes.

Season 40, Episode 2: Return to Cranford: Part 2

17 January 2010

Season 40, Episode 3: Emma: Part 1

24 January 2010
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman.

Season 40, Episode 6: The 39 Steps

28 February 2010


Lydia Leonard ... Victoria Sinclair

Patrick Kennedy ... Harry Sinclair

David Haig ... Sir George Sinclair

Patrick Malahide ... Professor Fisher

Alex Jennings ... Captain Kell

Rupert Penry-Jones ... Richard Hannay

Season 40, Episode 7: Sharpe's Challenge

28 March 2010

Season 40, Episode 8: Sharpe's Peril

4 April 2010

Season 40, Episode 9: The Diary of Anne Frank

11 April 2010

Season 40, Episode 10: Small Island

18 April 2010


Season 41


Season 41, Episode 5: Any Human Heart, Part 1 of 3

13 February 2011

Season 41, Episode 6: Any Human Heart, Part 2 of 3

20 February 2011

Season 41, Episode 7: Any Human Heart, Part 3 of 3

27 February 2011

Season 41, Episode 11: South Riding: Part 1

1 May 2011


Season 42


Season 42, Episode 10: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

15 April 2012


Laura Linney ... Herself - Host

Season 42, Episode 11: Birdsong, Part 1

22 April 2012


Laura Linney ... Herself - Host

Clémence Poésy ... Isabelle (archive footage)

Eddie Redmayne ... Stephen Wraysford (archive footage)

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The Girls of Slender Means

1975


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