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Masterpiece Theatre; Shooting the Past

Shooting the Past, Episode 1

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Masterpiece Theatre
Shooting the Past
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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

A London mansion housing a huge library of rare old photos gets a new owner: an American millionaire bent on chucking the pictures and remaking the house as a business college. Thus begins a gothic tale of mystery, fanaticism and the singular power of the still image. Liam Cunningham (Cracker) stars as the millionaire. Lindsay Duncan (Traffik, The Rector's Wife) is the library's imperious manager, determined to save the collection against all odds. And Timothy Spall (Our Mutual Friend) is the weird but indispensable photo librarian, who puts together an incredible picture essay of the millionaire's surprising past based on the slimmest of clues.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Shooting the Past,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B9BCD98DC90F4387A66A9DCF92AB0DC2.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Shooting the Past.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B9BCD98DC90F4387A66A9DCF92AB0DC2>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Shooting the Past. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B9BCD98DC90F4387A66A9DCF92AB0DC2
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