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Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: The American

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection The American (Packaged master)

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Masterpiece Theatre
American Collection: The American
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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

Matthew Modine (The Real Blonde, Married to the Mob, Full Metal Jacket) stars as Christopher Newman, a nineteenth century “new man” who has amassed a fortune in California and heads to Europe to learn its ways and find a wife. Aisling O'Sullivan (The Wyvern Mystery, Michael Collins) stars as Claire de Cintré, a young Parisian widow whose beauty and enigmatic background ignite obsessive desire in the handsome American. Diana Rigg (Emmy Award-winner for Rebecca, and host of MYSTERY!) plays Claire's despotic mother, Madame de Bellegarde, a descendant of ancient nobility who stops at nothing to arrange cold-hearted aristocratic matches for her children. Also starring are Brenda Fricker as Mrs. Bread, the housekeeper who knows the family secrets; Andrew Scott as Valentin, Claire's effete and impetuous brother; and Eva Birthistle as Noémie, the bohemian mistress shared by Newman and Valentin.American Collection: The American



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Broadcast program

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