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Cousin Bette

Cousin Bette

Cousin Bette is in her mid-forties, unmarried, and earns her living by doing gold embroidery work. Bette has always resented the way in which she has been treated by the rest of her prosperous family, who have left her to support herself, and salve their consciences about their "country cousin" by inviting her to dine once a week. Bette's niece Hortense engineers a meeting with Bette's artist protege, Steinbock. When Hortense becomes engaged to Steinbock without telling her cousin anything, the spinster's fury knows no bounds and Bette wants revenge... Margaret Tyzack starred as the title character along with Helen Mirren and Colin Baker. The series aired in the United States as an installment of Masterpiece Theatre in 1972.

Episode Info

Final: 1x05 -- Family Angel (Sep/04/1971)

Death, disfigurement, and a surprising twist are the highlights of this final episode.
Margaret TyzackMargaret Tyzack
As Bette Fischer
Colin BakerColin Baker
As Count Steinbock
Helen MirrenHelen Mirren
As Valerie Marneffe
Ursula HowellsUrsula Howells
As Adeline Hulot
Thorley WaltersThorley Walters
As Baron Hector Hulot
John Bryans (1)John Bryans (1)
As Celestin Cravel
Davyd HarriesDavyd Harries
As Victorin Hulot
Harriet HarperHarriet Harper
As Hortense Hulot
Edward de SouzaEdward de Souza
As Henri Montes

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Producer: Martin Lisemore
Production Designer: Ian Watson
Music: Herbert Chappell
Make-up: Joan Barrett (1)
Based On The Works Of: Honoré de Balzac
Script Editor: Lennox Phillips
Sound: Laurie Taylor
Lighting Technician: Peter Catlett
Costumes: Robin Fraser-Paye

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Recurring Guests

Esmond Knight as Marshal Hulot (4 eps)
Oscar Quitak as Marneffe (4 eps)
Sally James as Marie (4 eps)
Robert Speaight as Johann Fischer (4 eps)
Ericka Crowne as Celestine (4 eps)
Michael Mulcaster as Leon (3 eps)
Margaret Boyd as Mariette (3 eps)
Godfrey James as Chardin (2 eps)
Maurice Quick as Footman (2 eps)
Janet Key as Josepha (2 eps)

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Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literature
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: August 07, 1971
Ended: September 04, 1971
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