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

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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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