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Masterpiece Theatre
Road from Coorain, 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

Based on the celebrated autobiography by Jill Ker Conway, "The Road from Coorain" centers on the relationship Conway has with her mother Eve. The dramatic retelling of Conway’s extraordinary life story starts with her childhood as a drover on her father’s sheep ranch in New South Wales and takes her to the brink of a brilliant career in academia, which saw her become the first woman president of Smith College. Along the way, she endures an ultimately tragic relationship with her remarkable mother. Stevenson (The Politician’s Wife; Truly, Madly, Deeply) plays Eve Ker, Jill’s mother who creates an island of civilization on the parched Australian plains and then crumples under the weight of dual family calamities. Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge) is Bill Ker, Jill’s charismatic father, an ambitious homesteader who battles bad luck and worse weather, always insisting that his daughter, “Do something. Don’t just spend time on this earth.” Australian actress Katherine Slattery plays the grown-up Jill. And Tim Guinee (Courage Under Fire) is her first love, Alec Merton, an American eminently at home in the arid outback but uncomfortable in the region’s culture of repressed emotions. Captivated by Jill’s true grit, he introduces her to an abandonment and enjoyment of life that she never thought possible.



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