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Masterpiece Theatre
My Family And Other Animals
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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

One of literature's most charming, eccentric, and amusing childhood memoirs comes to life in a nostalgic adaptation of Gerald Durrell's sun-drenched, fauna-filled autobiography. Eugene Simon stars as 12-year-old Gerald, the youngest member of the Durrell family who pack off together for Corfu in 1935 to escape the dreary English climate. There, Gerald discovers his life's vocation: nature, particularly insects, reptiles, birds, and small mammals, which Corfu has in splendid Greek excess. High on the list of all-time-favorite books of both young and old in Britain (it was also a bestseller in the U.S.), My Family and Other Animals ends with the onset of World War II, when the Durrells return to England. But the story continues: Larry went on to renown as Lawrence Durrell, author of the Alexandria Quartet and many other novels, poems, and travelogues. Gerald grew up to be a famous naturalist, animal-collector, and conservationist, as well as the author of 37 books. My Family and Other Animals was originally published in 1956.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; My Family And Other Animals,” 01/01/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8DE79FB33F6B4801B595A6A268DC523A.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; My Family And Other Animals.” 01/01/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8DE79FB33F6B4801B595A6A268DC523A>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; My Family And Other Animals. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8DE79FB33F6B4801B595A6A268DC523A
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