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

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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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