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Masterpiece Theatre; Respectable Trade, A

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Masterpiece Theatre
Respectable Trade, A
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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

Josiah Cole (Warren Clarke), an 18th-century Bristol dockside businessman, gambles everything to join the big traders of the city. A marriage to well-connected Frances Scott (Emma Fielding) provides Josiah with an entree to a higher class. Trading her social contacts for Josiah's protection, Frances finds her life and fortune dependent upon the respectable trade of sugar, rum and slaves. Into her new world comes Mehuru (Ariyon Bakare) and, from opposite ends of the slave trade, Mehuru and Frances confront each other and their need for liberty.

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