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Masterpiece Theatre; Precious Bane


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Masterpiece Theatre
Precious Bane
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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

Broadcast: Oct. 22- 29, 1989 The serenity of the Shropshire landscape is in marked contrast to the harsh life of the farming families who inhabit it. The story of a disfigured young woman whose true inner beauty finally brings her happiness. Prue Sarn, cursed with a hare lip, resigns herself to spinsterhood and pledges her life to her brother Gideon, who plans to farm the family land and grow rich. The local witch doctor and superstitious villagers gang up on Prue and her brother. Itinerant weaver Kester, the object of Prue's shy admiration, returns to find her on trial for witchcraft.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Precious Bane,” 02/12/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6868BB7B5039456AB0BF9C5F581F6697.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Precious Bane.” 02/12/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6868BB7B5039456AB0BF9C5F581F6697>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Precious Bane. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6868BB7B5039456AB0BF9C5F581F6697
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