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Masterpiece Theatre; Stiff Upper Lips

Stiff Upper Lips - Final Packaged Show

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Masterpiece Theatre
Stiff Upper Lips
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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

It's 1908 -- the height of the British Empire. Good news for the upper classes, bad news for everyone else. Edward (Samuel West) and his friend, Cedric, repair for the summer to Ivory Hall, where Aunt Agnes (Prunella Scales) attempts to marry off Emily (Georgina Cates), Edward's sister, to Cedric. Emily is accidentally thrown into close contact with the handsome, muscular -- and lower-class -- George ( Sean Pertwee) and is instantly attracted. To separate the unsuitable couple, Aunt Agnes takes the family on vacation to Italy and then to India. No British period film is safe from the liberally dispensed satire in this feature. The cast includes Peter Ustinov and Frank Finlay.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Stiff Upper Lips,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F26B1AFB73D440F4A8314B17DE05EACB.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Stiff Upper Lips.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F26B1AFB73D440F4A8314B17DE05EACB>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Stiff Upper Lips. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F26B1AFB73D440F4A8314B17DE05EACB
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