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Masterpiece Theatre; Piece of Cake


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Masterpiece Theatre
Piece of Cake
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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: July 8- Aug. 12, 1990 It follows the daredevil exploits of the 12-man Hornet Squadron, all young men barely out of their teens. Taught to fly the famous single-engine Spitfires, they are posted to France to do battle in the skies with the better-trained, better-armed and more experienced Luftwaffe flyers. (First airing of the series coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.)



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Broadcast program

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Piece of Cake,” 05/25/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 30, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_542CBF5191884D7D8173AD446D990F48.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Piece of Cake.” 05/25/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 30, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_542CBF5191884D7D8173AD446D990F48>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Piece of Cake. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_542CBF5191884D7D8173AD446D990F48
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