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To the Ends of the Earth
updated 11.27.2006

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
As the daughter of a distinguished and decorated father in the Royal Navy, I would like to say how very much I enjoyed the trilogy which has just ended on PBS. To the Ends of the Earth shows life aboard an old man-of-war vessel even more vividly than the wonderful film Master and Commander. This work by William Golding has given me more pleasure than any other Masterpiece Theatre production for several years. Thank you to all concerned in the monumental task of bringing the trilogy to the screen.

Anthea Reilly
Imperial Beach (San Diego), CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I had never heard of this book before, and yet this was one of the best series you've put on Masterpiece Theatre in years! You guys always surprise me. Keep up the great work!

Martin Rogers
Montreal, Canada

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Several scenes in the first two parts of this series add absolutely nothing to the story line, but are just utterly vulgar. Private body functions should remain private, and not be performed on screen!

Michelle Kunert
Sacramento, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
What a wonderful experience, watching To The Ends of the Earth. I saw part 2 and was absolutely mesmerized by the acting, the story, and the full range of feelings it evoked. Kudos to you for bringing us this wonderful work of art!

Albert Kolkin
West Palm Beach, FL

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
It seems that the recent episode has a historical error. It is mentioned in the salon among the ship's passengers that the Americans were fighting a war of independence. This would obviously be in the 1776 to 1780s time frame. Then it is mentioned by a deck officer that the captain should say some encouraging words to the men before battle. The officer then mentions the battle of Trafalgar and Lord Nelson's speech before battle. The battle of Trafalgar was in 1805. Oops!

Steve Parker
Bozeman, MT

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
This was a new low for Masterpiece Theatre. I should have known to turn it off after we were "treated" to multiple graphic episodes of projectile vomiting in the first few minutes. Anyone beyond the 8th grade knows that seasickness can cause nausea and no one beyond the 8th-grade considers viewing it multiple times to be of any value. Later in the film, I felt obliged to ask my teenage son to leave the room while we were "treated" to graphic pornography. People having sex for the perverse amusement of others is the definition of pornography. I am not offended by the naked human body; that is not porn. But what we saw last night was. And of course we must endure the tired cliché of every Christian being a hypocrite or a self-loathing homosexual. When was the last time that Masterpiece Theatre actually portrayed a sincere Christian inspired to a life of holiness? History is full of their stories, but apparently they can't be found on American television. This season stinks. I'm tuning out.

Gerald Staton
Mansfield, OH

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
As a long time viewer of Masterpiece Theatre, I was disgusted by the program To the Ends of the Earth. I have never believed that buggery is an entertaining subject matter. To see a character such as the parson humiliated and covered in his own fecal matter as he dies of shame was disturbing and did not pass as entertainment. Shame on PBS for bringing this piece of trash to Masterpiece Theatre. You have lost my support.

Debbie McDaniel
Sand Springs, OK

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