Masterpiece Theatre

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (38)

  • Francis Urquhart: You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

  • Edna Earle: That's what finally did Daddy in: the day that Uncle Daniel showed up to his own wedding, already married to Bonnie Dee Peacock.

  • Uncle Daniel: I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to fire you Tadpole.

  • Cedric: You can't smile until this is off. Which means you can't telephone until this is off. Because if you telephone unsmilingly, then you seem cross. And if One were on the other end, well...One couldn't stand that!

  • Cedric: Here we are, having our cake and eating it too!

  • Paul: You speak of her as a child. All your intercourses with her have been as an adult and a child...How could she meet your advances with anything less than embarassment?

  • Bill: Where do men from the plains go when they die? Jill: Nowhere; they're in heaven already.

  • Jill: Jill is here.

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Notes (134)

  • Susan Hampshire won a Best Actress Emmy for her role.

  • Susan Hampshire won a Best Actress Emmy for her role.

  • These four episodes of Masterpiece Theatre are based on Henry James's book The Spoils of Poynton (1897). The book first appeared as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1896, under the title The Old Things.

  • These four episodes of Masterpiece Theatre are based on Henry James's book The Spoils of Poynton (1897). The book first appeared as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1896, under the title The Old Things.

  • These four episodes of Masterpiece Theatre are based on Henry James's book The Spoils of Poynton (1897). The book first appeared as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1896, under the title The Old Things.

  • These four episodes of Masterpiece Theatre are based on Henry James's book The Spoils of Poynton (1897). The book first appeared as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1896, under the title The Old Things.

  • This series was first broadcast in the US on CBS between August 1, 1971, and September 5, 1971.

  • This series was run again as one of MT's Twentieth Anniversary Favorites.

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Trivia (8)

  • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work. The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. And then he married her.

  • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work. The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. And then he married her.

  • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work. The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. And then he married her.

  • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work. The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. Then he married her.

  • It's one thing to overlook a character because you have cast overload. But, I mean, Dartie died...so, where's Imogen?

  • This is the second time that Ian Hart played Dr. Watson on Masterpiece Theatre. He previously played Watson opposite Richard Roxburgh's Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

  • In later life, Gerald Durrell became well known as a writer on animals and also as owner of the Jersey Zoo, in the Channel Islands. Gerald's brother Larry became even better known, as the novelist Lawrence Durrell.

Allusions (1)

  • Sergeant Hathaway: No, no--we never sleep. We always get our man. This is a reference to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), where according to popular culture, the Mountie "always gets his man".