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Masterpiece Theatre; Monsignor Renard

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Masterpiece Theatre
Monsignor Renard
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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

John Thaw ("Goodnight Mr. Tom," "Inspector Morse") stars as a Nazi-defying French priest in a powerful World War II drama. The series was filmed at Saint Valery sur Somme on the Picardy coast of France. 2919--A Gestapo officer searches for an escaped English soldier and orders Renard arrested and his church trashed. As the screws of German tyranny tighten, villagers respond with a mixture of fear, defiance and collaboration. 2920--A chill wind blows through Saint-Josse as Germans callously shoot a French soldier who is stealing bread. Local Jews suspect a coming pogrom; Renard is visited by a dissolute German archbishop. 2921--Helene seeks adoption or abortion for her expected child, and her parents seek the undisclosed father. Meanwhile, Madame Dufos and her son try to escape, and the Germans stage a kangaroo court followed by an execution.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Monsignor Renard,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DCA2F87B3CF4DEFB64AD63A8A98B119.
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