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Mystery!; Sculptress, The


The Sculptress Episode 1 90 min.

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Sculptress, The
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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Rosalind Leigh (Caroline Goodall, "Schindler's List") is persuaded by her publisher to begin to write again ... and this time her subject is murder. The facts of the Olive Martin case are simple: Olive (Pauline Quirke) pleaded guilty to killing and carving up her sister and her mother, earning herself the chilling sobriquet "The Sculptress." Ignoring warnings that Olive is a compulsive liar, Rosalind is drawn into a strange relationship of manipulation and mutual trust. Despite protestations of guilt, Rosalind becomes convinced that Olive is hiding something -- perhaps even her innocence. Part I--Detective Sergeant Hal Hawksley (Christopher Fulford) discovers the grisly murder of a mother and daughter and the shock proves too much for him. Five years later, Rosalind Leigh (Caroline Goodall) is assigned to write a book about the infamous murders and the confessed killer, Olive Martin (Pauline Quirke), known less than affectionately as "The Sculptress." Roz finds herself curiously drawn to her strange subject and, despite Olive's protestations, the possibility that Olive is innocent. But if Olive is innocent, whom is she protecting and why? Part II--Digging deeper into Olive (Pauline Quirke) Martin's background, Rosalind (Caroline Goodall) and Hal (Christopher Fulford) stumble on a property scam that involves Hal's own restaurant and Olive's deceased father's money and solicitor. The plot thickens when Roz investigates Olive's allegation that her father and a male neighbor were having an affair.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Sculptress, The,” 11/13/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B2F08C0306624151ADE80BD1BE84E426.
MLA: “Mystery!; Sculptress, The.” 11/13/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B2F08C0306624151ADE80BD1BE84E426>.
APA: Mystery!; Sculptress, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B2F08C0306624151ADE80BD1BE84E426
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