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