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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 Rob James-Collier: Thomas Rose Leslie: Gwen Dan Stevens: Matthew Crawley Charlie Cox: Duke of Crowborough Jonathan Coy: George Murray Phyllis Logan: Mrs. Hughes Sophie McShera: Daisy Robert Bathurst: Sir Anthony Strallan Jessica Brown-Findlay: Lady Sybil Crawley Siobhan Finneran: O'Brien Theo James: Kemal Pamuk Michelle Dockery: Lady Mary Crawley Elizabeth McGovern: Cora, Countess of Grantham Helen Sheals: Postmaster's Wife Brendan Coyle: John Bates Fergus O'Donnell: John Drake Joanne Froggatt: Anna Laura Carmichael: Lady Edith Crawley Lesley Nicol: Mrs. Patmore Kevin Doyle: Molesley David Robb: Dr. Clarkson Jim Carter: Mr. Carson Allen Leech: Tom Branson Bernard Gallagher: Bill Molesley Samantha Bond: Lady Rosamund Painswick Maggie Smith: Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham Hugh Bonneville: Robert, Earl of Grantham Penelope Wilton: Isobel Crawley

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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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