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

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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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