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Masterpiece Episode: "Downton Abbey, Episode 1"

Season 41, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The "Masterpiece" season premiere features the engrossing "Downton Abbey," a four-part drama that begins in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic punctures the succession plans of Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), the father of three daughters, and inspires his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and mother (Maggie Smith) to push him to separate his title from his estate, which are legally entailed to pass only to a man. The search settles on a young solicitor (Dan Stevens) unaccustomed to tawny trappings.
Original Air Date: Jan 9, 2011
Guest Cast Samantha Bond: Lady Rosamund Painswick Laura Carmichael: Lady Edith Crawley Rose Leslie: Gwen Phyllis Logan: Mrs. Hughes Jonathan Coy: George Murray Michelle Dockery: Lady Mary Crawley Sophie McShera: Daisy Allen Leech: Tom Branson Rob James-Collier: Thomas Fergus O'Donnell: John Drake Elizabeth McGovern: Cora, Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith: Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Jessica Brown-Findlay: Lady Sybil Crawley Brendan Coyle: John Bates Joanne Froggatt: Anna Penelope Wilton: Isobel Crawley Dan Stevens: Matthew Crawley Helen Sheals: Postmaster's Wife Charlie Cox: Duke of Crowborough Jim Carter: Mr. Carson Hugh Bonneville: Robert, Earl of Grantham David Robb: Dr. Clarkson Kevin Doyle: Molesley Theo James: Kemal Pamuk Robert Bathurst: Sir Anthony Strallan Bernard Gallagher: Bill Molesley Lesley Nicol: Mrs. Patmore Siobhan Finneran: O'Brien

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'



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