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

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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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