Picks and Pans Review: Masterpiece Theatre: the Bretts

updated 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Sun., Oct. 11, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

If this mini were made here, it would star Phoebe Cates and Barry Bostwick; it would be loaded with extra sex and jewels; it would be just another bad and boring miniseries. But because it was made in Britain, with British accents, it automatically qualifies as a masterpiece—at least as far as PBS is concerned. The Bretts follows an acting family: Norman Rodway and Barbara Murray as a grand couple of the theater who have a cheeky butler and three kids in showbiz—one beautiful actress, one untalented actor and one son who's an insufferably whiny play-wright. The cast brings considerable dignity to this plodding, sloppily plotted production. What's amazing is that they leave with any dignity still intact.

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