An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.
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Alistair Cooke ...  Himself - Host 29 episodes, 1971-2008
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An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre See more »

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WGBH See more »
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Mono

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Color
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On Sesame Street (1969), it was spoofed as "Monsterpiece Theater". The host Cookie Monster appeared as Alistair Cookie, a spoof of its original host Alistair Cooke. See more »

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Referenced in WKRP in Cincinnati: The Creation of Venus (1982) See more »

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Still one of the best shows on television, but needs a host!
19 November 2006 | by pete8811See all my reviews

I love this show which I have watched on and off since I was a child. As previous reviewers have noted, there have been some 'clunkers' here and there. But there are many great productions as well. The new version of the Forsyte Saga was truly excellent, as were The Lost Prince, and Bleak House. These were series that I simply could not get enough of, and was sad to see end. One problem that I have with Materpiece Theatre these days is the absence of a host. There was something delightful about visiting with the host each week to hear something interesting, insightful, or even trivial about the production which was to follow. Cook and Baker both did a superb job of this. I implore the producers of this show to bring back the job of host. Find someone knowledgeable and credible, and put them back in that leather armchair by the fireplace amid the books and other curiosities.


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