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Masterpiece Classic
Wuthering Heights, Part 1
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Each winter and spring, Masterpiece classic features signature period dramas. For 2009, Masterpiece classic premieres January 4th with host Laura Linney.

Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Linney will be the new host of Masterpiece classic, making her first appearance when the series premieres with a new adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles on January 4, 2009 on PBS.

In 2009, the series returns with works by three beloved British authors, including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles (January 4 and 11), starring new Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace); Emily Brontë's haunting Wuthering Heights (January 18 and 25) with Tom Hardy (The Virgin Queen) as Heathcliff and newcomer Charlotte Riley as Cathy. In February, Masterpiece classic launches The Tales of Charles Dickens with a bold new adaptation of Oliver Twist, starring Timothy Spall (A Room with A View), and Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees) in a heartbreaking performance as Nancy. In March, there will be a repeat of the acclaimed David Copperfield starring Daniel Radcliffe in the role that led him to Harry Potter. Beginning on March 29 is the highly anticipated five-part miniseries Little Dorrit from Bleak House screenwriter Andrew Davies, starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley, The Way We Live Now), rising star Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit, and Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar, A Rather English Marriage) as her father. On May 3, The Incomplete Charles Dickens closes with a star-studded The Old Curiosity Shop, with Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones (W., Infamous), Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, Gormenghast), and Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga). Series release date: 1/4/2009

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Part One: Part 1 -The fiery Heathcliff (Tom Hardy) grows to manhood with the Earnshaw family of Wuthering Heights, tormented by his stepbrother, Hindley (Burn Gorman, "Bleak House"), and falling in love with his stepsister, Cathy (Charlotte Riley). But he has a rival for Cathy's heart. A man without a past pursues his childhood soulmate and seeks vengeance against her family in Emily Brontë's tragic, supernatural love story set on the English moors. Tom Hardy ("Oliver Twist") stars as Heathcliff, the mysterious gypsy adopted as a boy by the Earnshaws, and Charlotte Riley is Cathy, his stepsister and the love of his life.

It is 1815, and Mr. Earnshaw returns to Wuthering Heights from Liverpool with a young orphan, Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son Hindley immediately resents Heathcliff, while daughter Cathy forms a deep bond with the mysterious boy. Ten years later, Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights and uses his power to treat Heathcliff poorly. Meanwhile, Cathy's connection with Heathcliff deepens and blossoms into love. However, an unexpected stay at the Linton home opens Cathy's eyes to the affections of Edgar Linton. Will Cathy choose a life of comfort and wealth with Edgar Linton or will she succumb to her love for Heathcliff?



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Masterpiece Classic; Wuthering Heights, Part 1,” 01/18/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9C1E7974680B4966B5E37E01ACC0FAFA.
MLA: “Masterpiece Classic; Wuthering Heights, Part 1.” 01/18/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9C1E7974680B4966B5E37E01ACC0FAFA>.
APA: Masterpiece Classic; Wuthering Heights, Part 1. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9C1E7974680B4966B5E37E01ACC0FAFA
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