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

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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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