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