Printed in the 1980s, it advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of Testament of Youth, based on the autobiography by Vera Brittain. The caption reads: "A time when war overshadowed everything except hope."
Printed in the 1980s, the poster advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theater production of Sunset Song, based on the novel of the same name by Louis Grassic Gibbon. The caption reads: "Love my change, but the land is eternal: A drama set in the Scottish highlands in the shadow of war." It was a six-part series.
Printed in 1979, it advertises the 1979-1980 season of Masterpiece Theatre. Shown is the side of a building in a parking lot, covered with posters from all of PBS's favorite shows that year: Kean, Love for Lydia, Prince Regent, The Duchess of Duke Street, Disraeli, and Lillie.
This poster advertises PBS's production of the Tale of Beatrix Potter on Masterpiece Theatre. Meant to be the story of the author rather than of her many adorable characters, this show was a two-part series hosted by Alistair Cooke. This show originally aired starting on March 25, 1984.
This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by Ivan Chermayeff. Printed 1979, it advertises the PBS/Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Kean. The caption reads: "A legend for his performances -- both on stage and off."
Printed in 1985, the poster advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theater production of Strangers and Brothers. The caption reads: "Outsiders inside the circles of power." It was a seven-part series hosted by Alistair Cooke.
Printed in 1984, it advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of 2 x 4 (Two by Forsyth), a set of two short stories by Frederick Forsyth. The first, "A Careful Man," starred Cyril Cusack and Dan O'Herlihy. The second, "Privilege," starred Milo O'Shea and Gayle Hunnicutt. The entire evening event was hosted by Frederick Forsyth himself.
Printed ca. 1980, it was put out by PBS to advertise their Sunday night recaps of all the Great Moments in Sports. From hockey to baseball, football to horseracing, basketball to boxing, they covered all sports.
This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster designed by Pushpin studios.
It advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of All For Love.
The poster's design provides the dictionary definitions for each word in the title (all, for, love). The series itself came in five parts (five separate plays), and starred Joan Plowright and Alec McCowen.
This poster put out by PBS to advertise their Masterpiece Theatre production of The Barchester Chronicles. Based on Anthony Trollope's 'The Warden' and 'Barchester Towers,' this seven-part series promised to show that "ambition led to reform-but there was no reforming ambition." This show originally aired on October 28, 1984. The design is by the famous poster artist Ivan Chermayeff, who created many of the famous Masterpiece Theatre posters.
Masterpiece Theater began its tenth anniversary season (see small logo at right) with a serialized dramatization of Crime and Punishment. Chermayeff communicates the anguish of Dostoevsky's masterwork with the image of a blood-spattered prison cell wall glimpsed through a small barred window with the title scrawled in chalk above. Playing the tortured Raskolnikov was John Hurt, who had appeared as an unforgettably decadent Caligula in the I, Claudius series three years earlier.
Five selected episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs capped Masterpiece Theater's tenth-anniversary programming in style. "Television's most popular series" engaged and enlightened its devoted audience with social and historical commentary on Edwardian England seen through the lens of domestic doings in the townhouse of a wealthy London member of Parliament. The poster here adapts Chermayeff's original 1974 design for the show's final season which garnered six Emmy awards. It features an affectionately drawn portrait of lady's maid Rose as played by big-eyed Jean Marsh, one of the series' co-creators. The red shape is an allusion to the giant bow at the back of the cap that was a standard part of the uniform at the time.
Printed in 1982, it promotes the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production I Remember Nelson. This Davis portrait of Kenneth Coltey playing Admiral Horatio Nelson emphasizes the heroic side of the man who was both a naval genius and a notorious figure of scandal.
Printed in 1983, it promotes the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of On Approval, a British comedy about two high-strung characters who, by the end of a snowy evening, manage to find love. The tagline reads: "everyone does it now–no one did it then" (referring to marriage).
A Chuck Wilkinson design for a Masterpiece Theater presentation. The vehicle was an adaptation of a work by Nancy Mitford, whose witty, satiric novels read like memoirs of her own eccentric upper-class family. Wilkinson's well-mannered dancing couples have the still, strangled quality of their class and time. As the poster text so aptly puts it, "They were brought up to marry – not fall in love."