Masterpiece Classic: Small Island, Part 1
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Masterpiece Classic: Small Island, Part 1

Saturday, March 22 at 11:00 p.m.

Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the acclaimed adaption of "Small Island."

The two-part drama tells the moving saga of two couples — one Jamaican, one English — whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-World War II Britain.

Naomie Harris ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Skyfall") and David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Last King of Scotland") star as the Jamaican immigrants, with Ruth Wilson ("Jane Eyre") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock," "The Fifth Estate") as their English landlords.

Part 2 airs at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.

The winner of the prestigious Orange and Whitbread prizes for fiction, Small Island also garnered high praise in this beautifully faithful translation to film, which earned accolades from the British press during its recent U.K. broadcast.

The Daily Express called it “perfect Sunday evening drama — intensely acted, skillfully shot, and subtly passionate about subjects no one should ignore.” “Carefully made and engrossing … a haunting story and a great cast,” wrote The Scotsman. And The Belfast Telegraph echoed, “You will not see finer acting on television this year.”

Author Andrea Levy agrees. “The cast does a fantastic job,” she says. “They really do embody those characters. I cannot now think of the characters without seeing the actors.”