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Masterpiece Theatre; Shiralee, The


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Masterpiece Theatre
Shiralee, The
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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

Set in Australia in 1953, Macauley is a proud, two-fisted street fighter who stands up for what he believes. He finds his young daughter living a not-too-respectable life with her mother. Reluctantly he takes his daughter away with him and they begin life together on the road in Australia's vast and beautiful outback. Their journey takes them from town to town as Macauley looks for work. When Buster becomes ill, Mac swallows his pride and allows his friend Lily to nurse her. A letter written by Lily's late father urges Mac and Lily to marry, but they go their separate ways until tragedy brings them together. (Shiralee is Australian slang for burden.)



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Shiralee, The,” 03/26/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D46D1CC1B8AF487DB1294A17CEFFB2CF.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Shiralee, The.” 03/26/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D46D1CC1B8AF487DB1294A17CEFFB2CF>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Shiralee, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D46D1CC1B8AF487DB1294A17CEFFB2CF
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