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

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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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