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Masterpiece Theatre; Best of Friends, The

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Masterpiece Theatre
Best of Friends, The
Program Number

2202 R

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

In 1924, Sydney Cockerell - then director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge - introduced 68 year-old George Bernard Shaw to the Benedictine nun Dame Laurentia McLachlan. The three enjoyed a lively friendship for over 25 years with vigorous discussions covering everything from the existence and nature of God to some of the finer points of tango dancing. Based on the stage play by Hugh Whitemore.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Best of Friends, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 16, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C12B70CB291248C8AD4DC073902936E2.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Best of Friends, The.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 16, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C12B70CB291248C8AD4DC073902936E2>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Best of Friends, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C12B70CB291248C8AD4DC073902936E2
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