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Masterpiece Contemporary
Place of Execution, Part 1
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Masterpiece contemporary, which follows the successful launches of Masterpiece classic and Masterpiece mystery!, will present outstanding British television drama with contemporary themes. Series release date: 2008

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Modern-day London: Journalist Catherine Heathcote is making a documentary about Alison Carter, a schoolgirl who vanished from the English village of Scardale in 1963, sparking a major police hunt and making a hero of investigating officer George Bennett.

When George hastily withdraws his cooperation, Catherine is devastated and sets off for Scardale to demand an explanation, accompanied by her rebellious teenage daughter Sasha. As she tries to salvage her documentary, Catherine uncovers new information — but the truth may indict George, the man she so highly admires. A tragic turn of events threatens to silence Catherine's inquiry entirely.

1963: In his first missing person investigation, George Bennett carefully pieces together a case against one of Alison's family members. Incriminating evidence offers a strong link to the apparent murder scene. But under intense questioning, the suspect is unnervingly calm and unwavering — repeatedly claiming innocence.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Contemporary; Place of Execution, Part 1,” 07/07/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_301D56F7A3CA464389D1FBB595782792.
MLA: “Masterpiece Contemporary; Place of Execution, Part 1.” 07/07/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_301D56F7A3CA464389D1FBB595782792>.
APA: Masterpiece Contemporary; Place of Execution, Part 1. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_301D56F7A3CA464389D1FBB595782792
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