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Masterpiece Classic: South Riding - Part One

Airs Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The cast of "South Riding." (L-R): Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton, Anthony Snaith as Peter Firth, Douglas Henshall as Councilor Joe Astell, Charlie May-Clark as Lydia Holly, John Henshaw as Alfred Huggins, Penelope Wilton as Mrs. Beddows, Katherine McGolpin as Midge Carne and David Morrissey as Robert Carne.

A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin (“Bleak House”) stars in this three-part miniseries based on the beloved 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby, adapted by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies (“Little Dorrit,” “Pride and Prejudice”).

South Riding Characters

Meet the characters of "South Riding," get bios of the actors who portray them and download a characters guide for when you watch.

"South Riding" cast (L-R): Douglas Henshall as Councilor Joe Astell, Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton, and David Morrissey as Robert Carne.
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Above: "South Riding" cast (L-R): Douglas Henshall as Councilor Joe Astell, Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton, and David Morrissey as Robert Carne.

Also starring are David Morrissey (“Sense and Sensibility”) as the enigmatic gentleman farmer who crosses swords with the new headmistress before falling in love with her and Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) as a progressive town councilwoman. Laura Linney hosts.

In the first episode, ambitious teacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell Martin) returns to her Yorkshire origins to apply for the job of headmistress at the local girl’s school. Landowner Robert Carne (David Morrissey) mistrusts all she stands for.

Up Next:

Episode two of "South Riding" will air on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Episode three of "South Riding" will air on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 10 p.m.

This program originally aired in 2011.

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Above: A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Bleak House”) stars in this three-part miniseries based on the beloved 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby, adapted by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Little Dorrit,” “Pride and Prejudice”).