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Masterpiece Theatre; To The Ends Of The Earth: Fire Down Below


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Masterpiece Theatre
To The Ends Of The Earth: Fire Down Below
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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

Episode Three: Fire Down Below Edmund is obsessed by memories of the beautiful Marion. He agrees to be a witness at the wedding of Prettiman and Miss Granham with whom he has established a friendship. Having despised Prettiman previously for his radical opinions, he now finds himself being converted to a more liberal understanding of the world.

Benet's scheme to mend the broken foremast involves pouring molten metal into its' base. Though approved by Captain Anderson, this plan fills everyone else with terror. All are now convinced that they will die, either by drowning, burning, or starvation, as supplies are running low.

However despite this, and other perils, Australia is at last reached and the ship docks in Sydney Cove. Through Edmund's influence Summers is given his longed for captaincy. A delayed reaction to Benet's molten metal experiment causes the docked ship to catch fire. Edmund races to save his friend but Summers chooses to stay with his ship and burns to death in the conflagration. Marion arrives unexpectedly on the Alcyone. To his joy Talbot discovers that his love for Marion is shared, and they, at least, have a happy ending.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; To The Ends Of The Earth: Fire Down Below,” 11/05/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C45F5455EF7C42A880EDE4ED0BBEAD82.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; To The Ends Of The Earth: Fire Down Below.” 11/05/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C45F5455EF7C42A880EDE4ED0BBEAD82>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; To The Ends Of The Earth: Fire Down Below. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C45F5455EF7C42A880EDE4ED0BBEAD82
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