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Masterpiece Theatre
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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

In 1997, the United Kingdom's General Medical Council met to decide whether three doctors were guilty of serious professional misconduct. Evidence indicated that certain pediatric heart operations, dating back to the 1980s, had gone terribly wrong, leading to unacceptably high mortality rates. "Innocents" describes these events through the stories of two children and their mothers. Julie Johnson and Sharon Peacock became friends when their sons, Max and Andrew, were taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary needing heart operations. In 1994, Max died following surgery by Dr. Dhasmana, while in 1995 Andrew died following an operation by Dr. Wisheart. Their parents became aware that their boys were not simply unlucky. Over the years many other children had died or suffered brain damage after the same operations at the BRI. The film stars Tim Pigott-Smith, Emma Cunniffe, Madhav Sharma, Hugh Fraser and Roger Brierly.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Innocents,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_32540758653A410A9F9D50FF5B89FA39.
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