Masterpiece Theatre - Season 28

Sunday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Jan 10, 1971 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Goodnight Mr. Tom
    Goodnight Mr. Tom
    Episode 19
    Goodnight Mr. Tom is the story of a crotchety old man named Tom Oakley. Oakley is so unbearable that he is literally forced out of the village from which he hails. He ends up sharing a space with an eleven year old boy who has evacuated London during World War II, William. When it looks as though William may be sent home, Oakley becomes the hero he never has been.moreless
  • Much Ado About Nothing
    Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenneth Branagh is a 1993 adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. As Claudio and Hero's wedding day approaches, they try to find romantic partners for their friends, Benedick and Beatrice. However, the young matchmakers soon find that finding a romantic match for their difficult friends may be more of a challenge than they imagined.moreless
  • Great Expectation (2)
    In the second and final episode of Dickens' classic, Pip has gone to London to be educated and trained in etiquette. Now a gentleman, his character has surprisingly eroded. He's lost the humility of his younger years, and he is now snobbish and rude. Pip abandons a childhood friendship, and the question remains as to whether or not he will ever reunite with Estella.moreless
  • Episode 3
    Episode 3
    Episode 17
  • Great Expectation (1)
    In the first of two parts of Dickens' classic tale, Pip, an orphan, decides to steal food for an escaped convict that he finds in the marshes. Pip lives in a strange house with Miss Havisham until he finds out that a private benefactor has made it possible to go to London to study. Pip is on his way to becoming a gentleman.moreless
  • Frenchman's Creek
    Frenchman's Creek
    Episode 15
    Daphne DuMaurier's swashbuckling story comes to life with Tara Fitzgerald as the headstrong Lady Dona St. Columb and Anthony Delon as the handsome French privateer Jean Aubrey. Set during the Glorious Revolution in 17th century England, fate and fatal attraction bring the lady and pirate together in a surprising alliance of politics and passion.moreless
  • Reckless: The Sequel
    Picking up where last season's hit series Reckless left off, this two-hour sequel shows just what happens after handsome hunk Dr. Owen Springer (Robson Green) absconds with bewitching middle-aged executive Anna Fairley (Francesca Annis), wife of Owen's supercilious boss, Dr. Richard Crane (Michael Kitchen). Wedding bells are supposed to ring for the adulterous pair, until Richard plants a sexy obstacle in the way.moreless
  • Cider with Rosie
    Cider with Rosie
    Episode 13
    Cider with Rosie follows the story of a provincial English town in the years following World War I. Based on the memoir by Laura Lee, it follows her telling of her first kiss, her manic, single mother of nine children, her life without a father, and her ability to survive poverty. Cider with Rosie depicts a simple town as it survives a mysterious murder and a world at war.moreless
  • Bramwell: Series IV (2)
    After a local brothel experiences a devastating fire, Eleanor (Jemma Redgrave) finds that both her personal and professional lives are unraveling. She wants to help the young girls working at the brothel. However, helping these girls means that Eleanor's reputation may suffer. Meanwhile, her relationships with Dr. Marsham (Kevin McMonagle) and Major Quarrie (David Bark-Jones) grow more complicated.moreless
  • Bramwell: Series IV (1)
    In the 1890s, renowned doctor Eleanor Bromwell takes care of the poor in her London clinic. While attending an event, she encounters a circus performer. Eleanor is stricken by the performer's deformed appearance. However, she feels that she can give the woman a normal life. All does not end well after the famed doctor begins treatment.moreless
  • Our Mutual Friend (3)
    Mr. Boffin (Peter Vaughan) finds himself in trouble after a new will comes to light, making him the target of blackmail. Meanwhile, the Boffin household continues to torment Bella (Anna Friel). What they do not know is that Bella has married Rokesmith (Steven Mackintosh), though she is still in the dark about his true identity.moreless
  • Our Mutual Friend (2)
    Lizzie (Keeley Hawes) finds herself at the center of an unwanted love triangle. On the one hand, she has to deal with shady Eugene (Paul McGann), a barrister of humble means. On the other hand, Lizzie must ward off the advances of Bradley (David Morrissey), a schoolmaster with a thin grip on reality. Their rivalry eventually overcomes even their desire for Lizzie.moreless
  • Our Mutual Friend (1)
    One of Charles Dickens' darkest yet also most romantic novels gets a lavish treatment in this BBC mini-series of Our Mutual Friend. The heir to a great fortune made from the garbage business is drowned--and his death affects everyone. His father's manager, Noddy Boffin (Peter Vaughan, Brazil), gets the money, to the alarm of snooty society. The man who pulled the heir's body out of the Thames is accused of his murder; his daughter, Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes, Tipping the Velvet), finds herself pursued by both an idle gentleman (Paul McGann, Withnail & I) and an obsessed, violent schoolteacher (David Morrissey, Basic Instinct 2). The heir's intended bride, Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel, Me Without You, gets socially adopted by the Boffins, where she succumbs to the lure of money above all and spurns the interest of a mysterious stranger (Steven Mackintosh, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels). The plot creeps up and down London society like a tenacious plant, twining around a pair of golddiggers who mistakenly married each other and a heartsick bone merchant named Mr. Venus (Timothy Spall, Secrets & Lies). This excellent adaptation moves with aggressive speed, drawing the viewer into the grimy worlds of the riverside and the dust heaps and the glittering, gossiping parties of the rich. Our Mutual Friend balances one of Dickens' most entrancing love stories with his creepiest gothic turns--it's a rich stew of characters both earnest and vile, made with sumptuous production values and movie-quality cinematography.moreless
  • The Prince of Hearts
    The Prince of Hearts is a love story about a prince who is out of place. The queen sends her son to study in the hallowed halls of Cambridge, expecting him to receive an invaluable education. She sends along a bodyguard to keep watch. However, what the prince finds is love, and his mother will have nothing to do with the woman he has chosen.moreless
  • The Unknown Soldier (2)
    In the second episode of The Unknown Soldier, Sophia's heart is torn. She has to figure out whether Angel is the innocent victim of war that he claims to be. The officers believe he is feigning amnesia and muteness in order to avoid battle. They go so far as to suggest that he is is a deserted that they have been looking for.moreless
  • The Unknown Soldier (1)
    The Unknown Soldier episode 1 from the show Masterpiece Theatre follows a stunned British soldier affected by amnesia during World War I. He was sent back to England to recover and his nurse begins to find out more about his past. The more she learns, the more she starts to fall in love with him.moreless
  • A Respectable Trade (2)
    A Respectable Trade Episode 2 is the second in a two-part series from Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. The series originally aired in the fall of 1998 and starred Warren Clarke, Anna Massey, Emma Fielding and Ariyon Bakare. Frances Cole the wife of a slave trader comes to realize that her husband Josiah is uneducated and ungentlemanly while their slave Mehuru is more noble and manly then Josiah ever could be.moreless
  • A Respectable Trade (1)
    Set in England, this episode of Respectable Trade follows slave trading in early Britain. Frances is a strong-willed female. Although her family is involved in slave trading, Frances has a differnt view. Young Frances falls in love with one of her kept slaves. She must try to hide her true feelings from her family. Frances will need to choose between true love and family obligations.moreless
  • Wuthering Heights
    Wuthering Heights
    Episode 2
    Robert Cavanah and Orla Brady star as Heathcliff and Cathy in Emily Brontë's haunting tale of love beyond the grave, told in its complete version. Part love story, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, Wuthering Heights depicts evil working its way through two generations of two starkly different families on the windswept English moors.moreless
  • King Lear
    King Lear
    Episode 1
    Ian Holm stars in this new adaptation of Shakespeare's most sublime and difficult role: the aging monarch who foolishly divides his kingdom between two ruthless daughters, while banishing his youngest and most loving child.