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Masterpiece Theatre; Great Expectations


Great Expectations Episode 1 90 Min

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Masterpiece Theatre
Great Expectations
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

Broadcast in two parts: April 1 and 8, 2012

Widely considered one of Charles Dickens' greatest novels, "Great Expectations" tells the story of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith's apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of "great expectations." Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Ray Winstone.

Pip, an orphan boy, meets an escaped convict, a mentally unhinged rich woman, and a bewitching girl, and is bestowed great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron, in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Bleak House) as Miss Havisham, one of Dickens' most haunting and enduring creations, Great Expectations unites renowned actors David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Ray Winstone with emerging talents Douglas Booth and Vanessa Kirby. Adapted by Sarah Phelps (Oliver Twist), Great Expectations celebrates Charles Dickens in the year that marks the bicentenary of his birth.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Great Expectations,” 12/10/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24859208425344DE978477ECFAF64B4C.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Great Expectations.” 12/10/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24859208425344DE978477ECFAF64B4C>.
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