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Masterpiece Theatre; Aristocrats

Aristocrats, Episode 1

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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

Based on Stella Tillyard's bestseller, these three 90-minute programs follow the true story of the famous Lennox sisters: Caroline (Serena Gordon, "Goldeneye"), Emily (Geraldine Somerville, "Cracker"), Louisa (Anne-Marie Duff) and Sarah (Jodhi May, "Signs & Wonders"). The four high-born ladies stand at the pinnacle of power and intrigue in 18th-century Britain. Caroline elopes with a rising politician. Emily opts for Ireland's foremost lord. Louisa settles for a man of limitless wealth, if limited intelligence. And Sarah goes all out for sin, but only after being disappointed by King George III himself. For all of their tight-fitting gowns, these women are not straitlaced in the least and take part in the most passionate causes of their times.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Aristocrats,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BB3D9AEC884E2B8CE8A19F9C8E8FD6.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Aristocrats.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BB3D9AEC884E2B8CE8A19F9C8E8FD6>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Aristocrats. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BB3D9AEC884E2B8CE8A19F9C8E8FD6
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