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Masterpiece Episode: "Upstairs Downstairs: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood"

Season 42, Episode 26
Episode Synopsis: Blanche reunites with a former lover who published a scandalous, thinly veiled novel about their affair; Beryl disrupts the running of the house; Lady Persie and Sir Hallam become closer after she shares a shocking secret with him.
Original Air Date: Oct 21, 2012
Guest Cast Emilia Fox: Lady Portia Alresford Blake Ritson: Duke of Kent Ed Stoppard: Sir Hallam Holland Adrian Scarborough: Mr. Warwick Pritchard Art Malik: Mr. Amanjit Singh Neil Jackson: Harry Spargo Keeley Hawes: Lady Agnes Holland Claire Foy: Lady Persephone Towyn Nico Mirallegro: Johnny Proude Brid Brennan: Miss Poulson Jean Marsh: Mrs. Rose Buck Anne Reid: Mrs. Clarice Thackeray Hermione Gulliford: Lavinia Godfrey Laura Haddock: Beryl Ballard Alex Kingston: Dr. Blanche Mottershead Ami Metcalf: Eunice McCabe Peter Stark: Friedrich Erlichman

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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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