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Masterpiece Theatre; Final Cut, The

Reel 1 of Episode One of The Final Cut starring Ian Richardson

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Masterpiece Theatre
Final Cut, The
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Series Description

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

In this third and final installment of the trilogy that began with "House of Cards" and continued with "To Play the King," scheming, back-stabbing Prime Minister Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) is still holding onto power with an iron grip. He knows he can't remain leader forever, but he is determined to leave his mark on the world. His wife, Elizabeth (Diane Fletcher), is concerned that they provide for their future. British involvement in negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots provides opportunity for both.

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Broadcast program

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Final Cut, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 28, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94234691AF8A434E9EE73A8CDA76C9C8.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Final Cut, The.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 28, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94234691AF8A434E9EE73A8CDA76C9C8>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Final Cut, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94234691AF8A434E9EE73A8CDA76C9C8
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