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

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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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