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

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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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