Tamer version of ''Portrait of a Marriage''
Tamer version of ''Portrait of a Marriage'' -- Boston's WGBH is offering an alternate cut of the BBC miniseries without nudity or long love scenes
Boston won’t ban lesbian embraces when PBS begins airing on July 19 the provocative BBC-made miniseries Portrait of a Marriage, about the unconventional love life of novelist Vita Sackville-West. But Boston’s WGBH, which presents British Masterpiece Theatre, is offering other PBS stations a version that ”eliminates nudity and shortens love scenes.”
A station spokeswoman cites ”differing community standards” for offering the watered-down version. Besides the two-minute erotica cut, PBS has edited 34 minutes that won’t even be seen in Boston, including one childhood scene between Sackville-West and her eventual lover, Violet Trefusis. The purpose: to keep the show ”from dragging,” says WGBH. ”Ludicrous!” retorts costar Janet McTeer. ”If Americans aren’t grown-up enough to be able to understand the program as we made it, then f— ’em, quite frankly.”
Masterpiece Theatre: Portrait of a Marriage