Masterpiece Episodes

1971, TV Show

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

Are You Watching?

Loading ...
Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
User Rating: (749 ratings)
Add Your Rating: 1 stars2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars
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.'

Cast

Shop

The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece
Buy The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece from Amazon.com
From Grove Press (Paperback)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $12.28 (as of 07/28/14 7:25 PM EST - more info)
Clair De Lune * Masterpiece Edition
Buy Clair De Lune * Masterpiece Edition from Amazon.com
From SANTORELLA PUBLICATIONS, Ltd (Sheet music)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $3.95 (as of 07/28/14 7:25 PM EST - more info)

More Products

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular