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Mystery!; Oliver’s Travels


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Oliver’s Travels
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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Alan Bates stars as Oliver, an enigmatic comparative religion professor who goes on a pilgrimage to find the ace of crossword compilers -- to pay homage and share thoughts on the philosophy of clues. During his odyssey, he meets policewoman Diane Priest (Sinead Cusack), with whom he falls in love. (Generic) Looking for Aristotle--Oliver (Alan Bates) embarks on an expedition across the United Kingdom to meet Aristotle, a famous compiler of crossword puzzles. Sidetracked by Aristotle's mysterious disappearance, Oliver befriends police detective Diane Priest (Sinead Cusack) and the two begin to untangle a web of secrecy surrounding ominous rural murders.

WHY DID WE EAT THE FROGS?--En route to Scotland's Orkney Islands, Oliver and Diane journey through England and Wales on the trail of shadowy clues and unsavory characters.

THE FARQUHAR CONNECTION--Oliver and Diane uncover a well-kept secret after an undercover visit to a baronial mansion yields high-tech clues that prove near-fatal. The two continue their trek through Scotland.

DO WE LOOK LIKE THAT?--Oliver and Diane reach their final destination. Their attempt to solve the final piece of the puzzle is met with a shocking revelation from an unlikely source.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Oliver’s Travels,” 10/03/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_00879F3840624877A34B5945FE3CFDA7.
MLA: “Mystery!; Oliver’s Travels.” 10/03/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_00879F3840624877A34B5945FE3CFDA7>.
APA: Mystery!; Oliver’s Travels. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_00879F3840624877A34B5945FE3CFDA7
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