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Masterpiece Theatre; Buccaneers, The

The Buccaneers Episode One 90 minute show

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Masterpiece Theatre
Buccaneers, 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

This is the three-part dramatization by Maggie Wadey of Edith Wharton's final novel, kicks off the 25th year of Masterpiece Theatre. The sensitive, often amusing story chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a covey of wealthy young American beauties invading England at the turn-of-the-century on a quest for titled husbands. "The Buccaneers" features Cherie Lunghi as Laura Testvalley, employed as a nanny to Nan St. George (Carla Gugino) who, with her older sister Virginia (Alison Elliott), is among the first Americans to break into British society. More cast listed below.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Buccaneers, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 10, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E12E6F5FF59747D797BC6EFF276F87B0.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Buccaneers, The.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 10, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E12E6F5FF59747D797BC6EFF276F87B0>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Buccaneers, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E12E6F5FF59747D797BC6EFF276F87B0
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