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Masterpiece Theatre; Painted Lady

2718 Painted Lady Episode 1, Reel 1 of 2

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Masterpiece Theatre
Painted Lady
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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

Maggie Sheridan (Helen Mirren), a hard-living self- destructive wild child of the 60s and once one of the most famous blues voices of her generation, is taken in by Sir Charles Stafford (Ian Cuthbertson) and his son Sebastian (Iain Glen) after a failed suicide attempt. When Sir Charles is brutally murdered and a valuable 16th century painting is stolen, Sebastian and Maggie find themselves suspects in the case. Believing a violent creditor lies behind the crime and that Sebastian's life is now in danger, Maggie enters the murky underworld of the illegal art trade to help clear their names.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Painted Lady,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 10, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA52B5355A824D68BD76A018D2F8AD67.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Painted Lady.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 10, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA52B5355A824D68BD76A018D2F8AD67>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Painted Lady. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AA52B5355A824D68BD76A018D2F8AD67
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