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Masterpiece Theatre; Take A Girl Like You

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Masterpiece Theatre
Take A Girl Like You
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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

Rupert Graves stars in Kingsley Amis' dark comedy about sex in England before the sexual revolution. Patrick (Graves) the rake meets Jenny (Sienna Guillory) the schoolteacher. Both are interested, but with different motives. 3018 • Pretty schoolteacher Jenny Bunn arrives in a small town near London and immediately catches the eye of local rake Patrick Standish, a Latin teacher at a posh private school. He vows to seduce her and moves quickly to head off competition. Jenny is intrigued but wants marriage, not a fling. Meanwhile, three of Patrick’s pals are interested in Jenny, each with his different amorous approach—from crude (landlord Dick Thompson), to inept (teacher Graham McClintoch), to silky smooth (millionaire Julian Ormerod). All have their go, while Jenny remains steadfast to her virginity. Beginning to feel the unfamiliar pangs of true love, Patrick looks for distraction in a night of debauchery in London organized by Julian. 3019 • Trying intimidation, Patrick gives Jenny an ultimatum: make love or make tracks. Jenny seems to acquiesce, but then gets cold feet. Patrick has an unexpected tryst with his boss’s teenage daughter instead. Thoroughly disgusted with himself, he shows up drunk at Julian’s swank party. Jenny shows up and soon gets drunk herself. In this state of mutual inebriation, their relationship takes a new turn.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Take A Girl Like You,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BC6EC79F80B4B5F9A663CE96A474AAA.
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APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Take A Girl Like You. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BC6EC79F80B4B5F9A663CE96A474AAA
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