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Masterpiece Theatre; Testament of Youth



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Masterpiece Theatre
Testament of Youth
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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: Nov. 30- Dec. 28, 1980 Dramatization of author Vera Brittain's autobiography of her early years during World War I. In 1913, Vera -- daughter of a wealthy businessman -- is determined to go to Oxford despite her sex. There she meets the friend of her brother Edward - Roland Leighton. Roland and Edward are called up for service in France and Roland dies. Vera volunteers for service overseas where friends are dying and being maimed. She is forced to return home to help her ailing mother and Edward is killed. Embittered after the war she returns to Oxford determined to become a writer and work for peace and the League of Nations.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Testament of Youth,” 12/28/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_41B1EACCAAF445BB8924DB1D95EB4832.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Testament of Youth.” 12/28/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_41B1EACCAAF445BB8924DB1D95EB4832>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Testament of Youth. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_41B1EACCAAF445BB8924DB1D95EB4832
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