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Masterpiece Theatre
Lost For Words
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Series Description

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

At the grand age of eighty-seven, a spry Dame Thora Hird plays an eccentric old lady hanging on to independence despite a series of strokes and her growing certainty that gremlins are invading her house. Pete Postlethwaite (Brassed Off) is her understanding son, a morose writer who has his own share of troubles. With a mixture of grace and black comedy, Hird and Postlethwaite portray a devoted relationship in the process of winding down toward life's inevitable end. "Do you want to be buried, Mum, or cremated?" he asks at one point. "Oh, I don't know, love," she says. "Surprise me."



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Lost For Words,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_181ECB201A7549C09A38DE97AAF7EBD4.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Lost For Words.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_181ECB201A7549C09A38DE97AAF7EBD4>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Lost For Words. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_181ECB201A7549C09A38DE97AAF7EBD4
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