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Masterpiece Theatre; Kean


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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

Broadcast: Sept. 9- 16, 1979 The off-stage antics of actor Edmund Kean, who became the idol of critics and audiences alike. High living and loving, temper tantrums and tremendous talents characterized Kean. Sartre wrote of this historical figure because of his reputation for relentless womanizing and uses him as a vehicle to develop a delightfully witty and satirical comedy about illusion and reality.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Kean,” 08/22/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8F5A430F10A14299BB0D87D7F9468F38.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Kean.” 08/22/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8F5A430F10A14299BB0D87D7F9468F38>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Kean. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8F5A430F10A14299BB0D87D7F9468F38
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