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Masterpiece Theatre; Persuasion


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Masterpiece Theatre
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Jane Austen's classic story of romance denied begins in England in 1815. Seven years before, Anne Elliott (Amanda Root) fell in love with Frederick Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds), a young naval officer. Anne's father opposed the match, and she, reluctantly, was persuaded to break off the engagement, much to the horror of Wentworth, who walked out of her life. Now rich and successful, Wentworth unexpectedly returns to the neighborhood, making no secret of his intention to find a wife. Anne and Wentworth meet frequently in company, and though polite towards her, he is aloof. The passion of lovers, it seems, has cooled into the politeness of strangers.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Persuasion,” 04/06/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 4, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0184AFEB8D2241A6B9841243557FA0F0.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Persuasion.” 04/06/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 4, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0184AFEB8D2241A6B9841243557FA0F0>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Persuasion. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0184AFEB8D2241A6B9841243557FA0F0
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