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

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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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