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

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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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