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Masterpiece Theatre; Dressmaker, The


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Masterpiece Theatre
Dressmaker, The
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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

The first feature film to air on Masterpiece theatre, The Dressmaker will air in one 2-hour episode. Set in 1944, it is the story of a Liverpool family of women torn apart when the youngest becomes infatuated with a handsome American soldier. Rita, a shy seventeen year old who lives with her two aunts, meets Wesley, a soldier from Mississippi. They begin a romance. Her aunt Margo encourages Rita, thinking Wesley might offer her a happiness that she herself has been denied. Aunt Nellie look upon Wesley as an intruder and unfit for Rita.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Dressmaker, The,” 03/08/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_10D5C7C99E644D78920A467DCEFE4C9A.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Dressmaker, The.” 03/08/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_10D5C7C99E644D78920A467DCEFE4C9A>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Dressmaker, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_10D5C7C99E644D78920A467DCEFE4C9A
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