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

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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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