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Masterpiece Theatre; Cousin Bette

Part Two: This House for Pleasure

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Masterpiece Theatre
Cousin Bette
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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: Nov. 5- Dec. 3, 1972 A harsh spinster who masks her frustration and bitterness behind a facade of good will, Bette is compelled by fierce jealousy to destroy the romance between her niece Hortense and a Polish sculptor. Her efforts help destroy the family of her cousin Adeline Hulot (wife of Hector of the French War office) who has patronized her because she is a poor relation. Bette makes a meager living as an embroiderer of gold work and had been supporting the sculptor Count Wenceslas Steinbock for three years.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Cousin Bette,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 1, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6D8A296EB9147489CCDD8E5EB447CB3.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Cousin Bette.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 1, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6D8A296EB9147489CCDD8E5EB447CB3>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Cousin Bette. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6D8A296EB9147489CCDD8E5EB447CB3
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