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

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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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