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Masterpiece Theatre; Sunset Song


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Masterpiece Theatre
Sunset Song
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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

Broadcast: April 25- May 30, 1976 Beginning in 1912, the year of a major drought, the story centers on 16-year old Christine Guthrie. Chris is a bright girl who may become a teacher some day. But she is also attracted to the harshness of the Scottish landscape, the direct coarseness of the farm people. Chris' father John Guthrie is a magnificently terrifying and pathetic creature. Consumed by the needs of the flesh, he redoubles his religious devotions and posturings. Believing himself a terrible sinner, he is convinced that everyone else is also, becoming suspicious, righteous and lustful.



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Broadcast program

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Sunset Song,” 03/19/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 9, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F90AC99CE0184B6C978E2705E6A71BBC.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Sunset Song.” 03/19/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 9, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F90AC99CE0184B6C978E2705E6A71BBC>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Sunset Song. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F90AC99CE0184B6C978E2705E6A71BBC
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