THE YANKS ARE COMING! “MASTERPIECE: MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS” A WORLD WAR II LOVE STORY SET IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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THE YANKS ARE COMING! “MASTERPIECE: MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS”  A WORLD WAR II LOVE STORY SET IN NORTHERN IRELAND

 

Stars Hattie Morahan (“Sense and Sensibility”) and Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”)

Airs on MASTERPIECE on Sundays, June 18 – July 16 (Check Local Listings)

 

Arlington, Va.May 17, 2017 – PBS Distribution announced today it will be releasing “MASTERPIECE: MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS” on DVD July 11, 2017. Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility) and Aaron Staton (Mad Men) star as a village teacher and U.S. air force officer whose chance meeting in Northern Ireland during World War II leads to a friendship that blossoms into something deeper.

 

Also starring is Owen McDonnell (An Klondike) as the teacher’s dour but loving husband, along with Eileen O'Higgins (Brooklyn), Michael Nevin (Game of Thrones), Des McAleer (Wuthering Heights), Kate Phillips (Wolf Hall), Fiona Button (Grantchester), and Ciarán Hinds (Persuasion).

During its recent UK broadcast, viewers and critics were deeply moved by this bittersweet tale. “No other recent drama has captured quite so keenly a sense of the complex, hidden, unspoken desires that can roil away beneath even the quietest surface,” wrote the reviewer for The Telegraph, who added, “Hattie Morahan is superb.”

MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS” will be available on DVD July 11, 2017. The run time of the program is approximately 300 minutes on 2 discs and the SRP is $39.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

Shot on the stunningly beautiful Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland, “MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS” portrays the culture clash when a U.S. bomber base is established near the fictional village of Moybeg in 1943, bringing hundreds of gum-chewing, swing-band-listening American airmen to a remote Ulster farming community, with its winsome women and stolid workingmen.

The action is framed from the point of view of a young boy, Francis Coyne (played by Nevin, with voiceover of Francis as an older man by Hinds). Francis’s childhood is populated by strangers. On the one hand, there are the friendly Americans in their Jeeps and airplanes, who treat him like a little brother. Then there is his mother, Rose (Morahan), an upright Englishwoman who married Michael Coyne (McDonnell) and moved to his hometown, Moybeg, where she is raising their three children, teaching in the village school, and tending a grocery shop next to Michael’s pub. Despite being a pillar of the community, Rose has never fit in. She speaks more properly than the locals, loves English literature, and has a lively interest in the wider world.

Into this isolated domain comes Captain Ronald Dreyfus (Staton), U.S. Army Air Forces, who encounters Rose during a walk on the heath. When they meet again, he quotes her a line from Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”—one of her favorite poems.

Captain Dreyfus is as reserved as Rose is. But in his capacity as base liaison officer, he has occasion to see her frequently: dealing with a fracas between airmen and regulars at the pub, arranging for an army nurse (Phillips) to care for a sick child, and planning a Christmas party for the school.

Both would-be lovers fight against the stronger feelings that are overwhelming them—emotions that are increasingly evident to those around them.

Wary of betraying her husband, Rose feels seized by some otherworldly force, a sentiment she can only recognize from a piece of literature—Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights—which she quotes from memory: “Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!”

MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS” is a BBC Northern Ireland Drama Production and MASTERPIECE co-production. The executive producers are Barry Devlin and Stephen Wright. The executive producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The producer is Grainne Marmion. The writer is Barry Devlin. The director is Adrian Shergold.

 

About MASTERPIECE

The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2016. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Audible with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga, Poldark, Sherlock,Downton Abbey and Victoria.

 

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.

 

MASTERPIECE: MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS

Street Date: July 11, 2017

Genre: Drama

Run Time: 300 minutes on 2 discs

SRP: DVD $39.99

Format: DVD