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Masterpiece Theatre; Clarissa


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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

Broadcast: April 5- 19, 1992 Grandfather Harlowe leaves his fortune to his granddaughter Clarissa, who is being pressed to marry a man she despises. Struggling to retain her integrity, Clarissa defies her relatives and in desperation turns to aristocratic Robert Lovelace, a scandalous rake who will stop at nothing to possess the beautiful and virtuous Clarissa. The rogue Lovelace, thwarted at every turn, finally gets his way with Clarissa, with tragic results.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Clarissa,” 01/26/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_126D6B82A32A4C02B949CE7BF720016B.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Clarissa.” 01/26/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_126D6B82A32A4C02B949CE7BF720016B>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Clarissa. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_126D6B82A32A4C02B949CE7BF720016B
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