WGBH Openvault

Masterpiece Theatre; Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend, Episode 1, Reel 1 of 2

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Masterpiece Theatre
Our Mutual Friend
Program Number


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

Finding a body in the Thames is a common enough occurrence in Victorian London. But a corpse that carries a claim to a fortune naturally excites the curiosity of fashionable society... The river, passion, money and dust dominate 'Our Mutual Friend'. The Thames is a sewer which affects all the characters. Passion is conditioned by the stiff Victorian class-based attitudes of the 1860's. Dust as a symbol of money saturates the atmosphere. Dust, deceit, and death fill this adaptation of Dickens' final novel, reflecting his increasing pessimism about the responsibility of upper-middle class society and life in general.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Our Mutual Friend,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6A8B3E1E1FB472D9F16F7B60D93232D.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Our Mutual Friend.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6A8B3E1E1FB472D9F16F7B60D93232D>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Our Mutual Friend. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A6A8B3E1E1FB472D9F16F7B60D93232D
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.