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

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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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