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Mystery!; Dark Adapted Eye, A

A Dark Adapted Eye Episode One 90 minutes

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Dark Adapted Eye, A
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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In 1951, Vera Hillyard becomes one of the last women in Britain to be sent to the gallows -- the final act in a bitter drama of rumor, revenge and murder. Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, this miniseries stars Helena Bonham Carter ("Room with a View") as Faith, Celia Imrie as Vera, Sophie Ward as Eden and Robin Ellis ("Poldark") as John. Episode One - Faith is evacuated from wartime London to live with her Aunts Vera and Eden in idyllic rural Suffolk. However, behind the village's picturesque facade lies a history of hatred. Episode Two - After the war, smoldering tensions between Vera and Eden escalate to a murderous climax. Faith realizes that it is necessary to confront the dark secrets of a family that never bares its soul.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Dark Adapted Eye, A,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_288D7323C1DD4691A08343B7F3EEDBFD.
MLA: “Mystery!; Dark Adapted Eye, A.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_288D7323C1DD4691A08343B7F3EEDBFD>.
APA: Mystery!; Dark Adapted Eye, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_288D7323C1DD4691A08343B7F3EEDBFD
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