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Masterpiece Theatre; And a Nightingale Sang


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Masterpiece Theatre
And a Nightingale Sang
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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

Bittersweet, funny-serious, romantic-realistic portrait of the way World War II and the bombs that rained on Britain changed the lives, loves and relationships of a working class family. Set in Newcastle, the Stott family fight their private battles against the backdrop of the war. Helen Stott, over thirty with a limp, is resigned to being left on the shelf until she meets and falls in love with Norman, a serviceman from London. Her younger sister Joyce has quite a way with men and finds herself a little too popular with the troops, especially when her husband pops up on leave from his regiment.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; And a Nightingale Sang,” 09/01/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1C47B4B9E60C4E8E9F65BAFA83260F4E.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; And a Nightingale Sang.” 09/01/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 16, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1C47B4B9E60C4E8E9F65BAFA83260F4E>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; And a Nightingale Sang. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1C47B4B9E60C4E8E9F65BAFA83260F4E
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