Masterpiece Classic "39 Steps" on WXXI-TV

Masterpiece Classic "39 Steps" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 9:00pm
Rupert Penry-Jones (pictures) stars as secret agent Richard Hannay battling German spies on the eve of World War I.


This adaptation of the popular John Buchan adventure novel stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard Hannay, a mining engineer caught up in a conspiracy following the death of a British spy found in his apartment.

Secret agent Richard Hannay battles German spies on the eve of World War I in a riveting and romantic new version of the classic thriller by John Buchan, made famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie. MASTERPIECE favorite Rupert Penry-Jones (“Persuasion”) stars as Hannay, with Lydia Leonard (“Jericho”) as suffragette Victoria Sinclair, his unlikely accomplice in a quest to expose German plans to destroy the British navy and invade the country. Masterpiece Classic "39 Steps" airs Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. on WXXI- TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11).

For more than 35 years, MASTERPIECE has enthralled audiences with the works of the finest classic and contemporary writers interpreted by the world's foremost actors. The new MASTERPIECE schedule breaks the year into three “seasons,” each with its own host, graphics and fresh take on the series’ famous theme music.