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Masterpiece Theatre; Moll Flanders


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Masterpiece Theatre
Moll Flanders
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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

Based on Daniel Defoe's renowned 18th-century novel, this adaptation by award-winning writer Andrew Davies ("Middlemarch" and "The Final Cut") tells the exciting story of the notorious Moll Flanders, who survives on seduction, cunning and wit. Married five times, including once to her own brother, Moll has more than her fair share of adventures. When the stock of husbands runs out, she turns to a life of crime and soon becomes Britain's most wanted criminal - with a fat price on her head and people crying out for her hanging. Eventually she's caught, but can Moll cheat the gallows? This comic and moving chronicle of Moll's life, as she unleashes her fighting spirit upon the unsuspecting world in an exhilarating romp through the riotous 18th century, stars Alex Kingston as Moll and Daniel Craig as Jemmy, the love of Moll's life.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Moll Flanders,” 10/13/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C074DD0ADFEF4105B0D03C5C44AD0369.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Moll Flanders.” 10/13/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C074DD0ADFEF4105B0D03C5C44AD0369>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Moll Flanders. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C074DD0ADFEF4105B0D03C5C44AD0369
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