Two PBS staples, "American Playhouse" and "Masterpiece...

Two PBS staples, "American Playhouse" and "Masterpiece Theatre," deliver new works this week.

"Strange Interlude," Eugene O'Neill's play about a manipulative woman who is determined to love and if need be destroy the men in her life, will launch "American Playhouse's" seventh season.

Glenda Jackson, who starred in London and New York stage productions of the play, heads a cast that includes Ken Howard (with her on the cover), Edward Petherbridge, David Dukes, Rosemary Harris and Jose Ferrer. "Strange Interlude" will be presented over three consecutive nights, Monday through Wednesday, 9-10:30 p.m. on Channels 28, 15.

"Masterpiece Theatre" on Sunday starts the seven-part "Fortunes of War," adapted from Olivia Manning's novels "The Balkan Trilogy" and "The Levant Trilogy." The drama was filmed over nine months on location in Yugoslavia, Greece and Egypt and centers on young newlyweds trying to preserve their shaky relationship as they flee the Nazis during World War II.

Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (in cover photo) star in "Fortunes of War," as Part 1 airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Channels 24 and 50 and at 9 p.m. on Channels 28 and 15.

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