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Masterpiece Theatre; My Uncle Silas II

My Uncle Silas Series 2

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Masterpiece Theatre
My Uncle Silas II
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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

Broadcast January 2003: Five-time OscarĀ® nominee Albert Finney returns as rascally Uncle Silas, a wily old country rogue, in a new series of sketches set in the English countryside in the early 1900s.

The presentation features five short stories which find Uncle Silas enlivening his summer with a spot of matchmaking, posing for the sculptor Lady Hermoine and infuriating Sam, the local village policeman, among other adventures.

Sue Johnston (Brassed Off) reprises her role as Silas's sharp-tongued housekeeper, the irascible Mrs. Betts; Joe Prospero again appears as Silas's adoring nephew Edward.

This gentle period drama is based on stories by the creator of The Darling Buds of May, H.E. Bates (1905-1974). His work has appeared before on Masterpiece Theatre, notably in the jazz-age romance Love for Lydia, set in the author's salad days as a young reporter. In My Uncle Silas, published in 1939, Bates harks back to his boyhood in Northamptonshire and the extravagant stories of a favorite great uncle.



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