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Masterpiece: Small Island

abstract:Airing April 18 & 25, 2010 on PBS is Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel Small Island. "Born into a broken home and an impoverished life in Jamaica, Hortense (Naomie Harris) longs for a fulfilling life in England; one with a fine house and a doorbell. The door of opportunity swings open, and Hortense is married and on her way to the promised land of post-war Britain. Steadfast dreams are soon tested by hard realities as Hortense and her husband Gilbert (David Oyelowo) face racism and poverty. In the small-minded country, their only saving grace is Queenie (Ruth Wilson, Jane Eyre). But Queenie faces her own disillusionment, married to the kind but dull Bernard (Benedict Cumberbatch, The Last Enemy). Bonded by high hopes and broken dreams, these four lives fuse together in a powerful and hopeful story of love and fulfillment." (Two episodes; 90 minutes each)" This is the 10th book to film series that Masterpiece and BookBuffet has collaborated on.


April 15, 2010
— Masterpiece has been presented on PBS by WGBH since 1971. WGBH is one of the nation's top public television and public radio broadcasters; a leading producer of high-quality content for TV, radio, the Internet, and other media; a pioneer in access services for people with disabilities; and the source of educational multimedia used by millions of teachers and students every year. Check out the comprehensive links to information provided on this particular series

Each new series Masterpiece offers detailed information about the authors whose work has been adapted. In the case of a living author such as this, we can enjoy an in-depth interview with answers to all your questions: the history behind Small Island, the characters, the meaning of the book title, and more. "Andrea Levy came relatively late to fiction, starting her first novel in her thirties as an experiment to see if she could tell the largely unknown story of the black immigrant's life in Britain. She succeeded spectacularly so with her fourth novel, Small Island, published in 2004 and winner of the prestigious Orange and Whitbread prizes for fiction, among other honors. Masterpiece's Richard Maurer spoke to her in March, 2010, from her home in north London."Photos courtesy of Masterpiece

Andrea Levy's just-published fifth novel is The Long Song. She is also the author of Every Light in the House Burnin', Never Far from Nowhere, Fruit of the Lemon and Small Island.

Join The Book & Film Club

Here's how to join BookBuffet's own "Masterpiece Book To Film Group."
On the BookBuffet website home page, click: JOIN
Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
Then type your own member details. That's it!
You will see the "current book" posted on the group calendar, as well as the dates the series airs on television. You'll be on the member list and receive email updates on new content such as podcasts and WGBH material. You'll also be able to chat on the online forum for this group. JOIN TODAY

For our in-depth interview with Masterpiece Executive Producer of 20 years, Rebecca Easton, click on the following BookBuffet Podcast.



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