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Masterpiece Theatre; Portrait of a Marriage


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Masterpiece Theatre
Portrait of a Marriage
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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

Broadcast: July 19- Aug. 2, 1992 Account of the remarkable marriage of diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson and writer/gardener extraordinaire Vita Sackville-West --from a memoir by their son Nigel Nicolson. Story centers on their early years together and on Vita's long infatuation and affair with friend Violet Trefusis.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Portrait of a Marriage,” 07/09/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4C5E771718641298589C26C2B790A8B.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Portrait of a Marriage.” 07/09/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4C5E771718641298589C26C2B790A8B>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Portrait of a Marriage. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D4C5E771718641298589C26C2B790A8B
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