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Masterpiece Theatre; Rather English Marriage, A

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Masterpiece Theatre
Rather English Marriage, A
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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

Albert Finney (Tom Jones, Two for the Road) and Tom Courtenay (The Dresser with Finney, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) star as two widowers in this bittersweet tale of class, friendship and old age. Finney plays Reggie Conyngham- Jervis, an upper-crust ladies' man and ex-fighter pilot, and Courtenay is Roy Southgate, an obsessively decent ex-milkman. The two are as unlikely to cross paths as a Reggie and Roy could be. But after their wives die in the same hospital on the same day, they become odd-couple roommates in Reggie's mansion, thanks to a creative social worker. Friendship blooms, in a peculiar way, until Liz (Joanna Lumley, "Absolutely Fabulous") chances into the picture to steal Reggie's heart -- or is it his bank account?



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