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