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Masterpiece Theatre; Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights, Reel 1 of 2


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Series
Masterpiece Theatre
Program
Wuthering Heights
Program Number

2802

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

Broadcast Sundays January 18 and 25, 2009 A new adaptation of Emily Bronte's haunting classic, which chronicles the passionate spiritual bond between Heathcliff, an abandoned gypsy boy adopted by the Earnshaw family of Wuthering Heights, and the family's daughter, Cathy. Tom Hardy is Heathcliff, newcomer Charlotte Riley is Cathy and Burn Gorman is Cathy's brother Hindley. A Coproduction of Mammoth Screen and WGBH/Boston supported by the Screen Yorkshire Production Fund. Copyright Mammoth Screen (WH) Ltd 2008

Part One: Part 1 -The fiery Heathcliff (Tom Hardy) grows to manhood with the Earnshaw family of Wuthering Heights, tormented by his stepbrother, Hindley (Burn Gorman, "Bleak House"), and falling in love with his stepsister, Cathy (Charlotte Riley). But he has a rival for Cathy's heart. A man without a past pursues his childhood soulmate and seeks vengeance against her family in Emily Brontë's tragic, supernatural love story set on the English moors. Tom Hardy ("Oliver Twist") stars as Heathcliff, the mysterious gypsy adopted as a boy by the Earnshaws, and Charlotte Riley is Cathy, his stepsister and the love of his life.

It is 1815, and Mr. Earnshaw returns to Wuthering Heights from Liverpool with a young orphan, Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son Hindley immediately resents Heathcliff, while daughter Cathy forms a deep bond with the mysterious boy. Ten years later, Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights and uses his power to treat Heathcliff poorly. Meanwhile, Cathy's connection with Heathcliff deepens and blossoms into love. However, an unexpected stay at the Linton home opens Cathy's eyes to the affections of Edgar Linton. Will Cathy choose a life of comfort and wealth with Edgar Linton or will she succumb to her love for Heathcliff?

Part 2 - Heathcliff returns to Wuthering Heights as a rich man after a long and mysterious absence. Still pained by his love for Cathy, he sets to work wreaking revenge on two generations of those who wronged him. A man without a past pursues his childhood soulmate and seeks vengeance against her family in Emily Brontë's tragic, supernatural love story set on the English moors. Tom Hardy ("Oliver Twist") stars as Heathcliff, the mysterious gypsy adopted as a boy by the Earnshaws, and Charlotte Riley is Cathy, his stepsister and the love of his life.

Heathcliff's presence continues to throw Cathy's life with Edgar into turmoil while Hindley becomes another victim of Heathcliff's revenge. Isabella learns that being hated by Heathcliff is better than being loved by him. Meanwhile, Cathy becomes gravely ill. Can the haunted Heathcliff, now more tormented than ever by the love that he can never have, ever find peace? It is 1848, and Heathcliff is tormented by the loss of Cathy, his deceased lover and eternal soul mate. Heathcliff conceives a plan to exact his hateful revenge on those around him.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Drama
Citation
Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Wuthering Heights,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BB247F973903480DAADA7A02B5E0A50A.
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