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Masterpiece Theatre; Cinder Path, The

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Masterpiece Theatre
Cinder Path, The
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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

This three-part drama, based on a novel by Dame Catherine Cookson, is a powerful story of a young man's struggle against the damaging legacy of a brutal father, the humiliation of an unfaithful wife and the horrors of the Western Front during World War I. Episode 1: In September 1913, Charlie MacFell returns from the university to his home, where his father Edward rules with an iron fist. After a misunderstanding, a young farm hand, Arthur Benton, kills the older MacFell. Charlie helps in the cover-up, which is witnessed by Ginger Slater, a sullen farm worker with a deep-seated hatred of the MacFells. Charlie courts Victoria Chapman and a marriage is arranged. Episode 2: It is now 1916. While Charlie runs the farm, Victoria goes her own way. When Charlie is drafted into the Army as a private, his sergeant in training camp is none other than Ginger Slater. Slater relishes his new-found power over MacFell and threatens to reveal the secret of Edward MacFell's death. Later, Charlie is commissioned as an officer after Victoria has an affair with his company major -- a payoff Charlie knows nothing about. Meanwhile, Charlie is becoming emotionally involved with Victoria's younger sister Nellie. Episode 3: While home on leave, Charlie tells Victoria he's going to divorce her, but outside circumstances intervene.

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