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

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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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