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MASTERPIECE Classic | New Host: Laura Linney | PBS Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Linney will be the new host of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC on PBS, making her first appearance on January 4, 2009 when the series premieres with a new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", followed by Emily Bront?'s haunting Wuthering Heights (January 18 and 25). In February, MASTERPIECE CLASSIC launches "The Incomplete 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). March will bring a repeat of the acclaimed "David Copperfield" (starring Daniel Radcliffe in the role that led him to Harry Potter) and the highly anticipated March 29 premiere of the five-part miniseries "Little Dorrit" from Bleak House screenwriter Andrew Davies, starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley), rising star Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit, and Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar) 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), Zo? Wanamaker (Harry Potter), and Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga).
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