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Masterpiece Theatre; Duchess of Duke Street, The, Series I


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Masterpiece Theatre
Duchess of Duke Street, The, Series I
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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

Broadcast: Oct. 22, 1978- Jan. 28, 1979 Louisa Leyton starts her life as a scullery maid and then, through her beauty as well as her skill as a cook, becomes the hostess, entertainer and intimate friend of peers, princes and kings. The Prince of Wales makes her his mistress, though the affair must end when he becomes King Edward VII. The house and money he gives her makes it possible for Louisa to become owner of Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street. In spite of a drunken husband, ill health and financial difficulties, she transforms it into an international meeting place for the rich and famous. Series 2 traces the events of our heroine from 1911 through WWI and its aftermath.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Duchess of Duke Street, The, Series I,” 09/29/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DAF9DE3144C0405E953ADC884AB5A64D.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Duchess of Duke Street, The, Series I.” 09/29/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DAF9DE3144C0405E953ADC884AB5A64D>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Duchess of Duke Street, The, Series I. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DAF9DE3144C0405E953ADC884AB5A64D
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