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Masterpiece Theatre; Bleak House

Highlights JUNE 85

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Masterpiece Theatre
Bleak House
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: Dec. 1, 1985- Jan. 19, 1986 Orphan Esther Summerson is summoned to London by her guardian's solicitors. There she meets wards of the court Richard Carstone and Ada Claire who are involved in a long-running court case "Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce." With this plot Dickens' novel of social reform attacks the absurdities of Victorian England's judicial system. The court case, which has dragged on through two generations, ensnares the two young wards and those around them.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Bleak House,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FC7071CE5894CA0B5A0F848E625DD69.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Bleak House.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FC7071CE5894CA0B5A0F848E625DD69>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Bleak House. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2FC7071CE5894CA0B5A0F848E625DD69
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