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Masterpiece Theatre; Madame Bovary (2000)

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Masterpiece Theatre
Madame Bovary (2000)
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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

Madame Bovary is rated TV-MA, S Frances O'Connor (Mansfield Park) , Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility), Eileen Atkins (A Room of One's Own) and Keith Barron star in this adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 19th-century novel. Charles Bovary is an ineffective country physician who marries the much-younger daughter of a patient. Emma Bovary, disappointed that marriage is less exciting than she was led to believe, embarks on a series of affairs. Her defiance of the standards of conventional French society leads to grave consequences. Part 1 - Just out of convent school in Normandy, Emma marries country doctor Charles Bovary. They move to a new village, where she falls in love with Léon, a dreamy clerk. Nothing comes of it. She graduates to Rodolphe, a hot-blooded squire, who shows her what true passion is. Part 2 - On the eve of Emma's elopement to Italy with Rodolphe, he opts out. Then Léon reenters her life and their love blooms, but only until her money is gone. With debts mounting, she finds her only true friend is her husband, Charles. But by then it's too late.



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