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Masterpiece Season 42 episodes

Upstairs Downstairs: Somewhere Over the Rainbow Season 42, Episode 29

In the Season 2 conclusion, Beryl and Harry eye marriage; Lady Agnes returns; a decision by Mr. Pritchard leads to chaos until an old friend lends a hand; and a shocking discovery may forever change the landscape at 165 Eaton Place. read more

Upstairs, Downstairs: The Last Waltz Season 42, Episode 28

Mr. Pritchard wonders if there's more to life than service after he enters into a romance with a fellow servant while 165 Eaton Place prepares for the annual servants' ball. In other events, Harry has a proposition for Beryl; and Sir Hallam and Lady Persie continue their affair. read more

Upstairs Downstairs: All the Things You Are Season 42, Episode 27

Harry attempts to impress Beryl by taking up boxing; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam drift further apart; American millionaire Casper Landry reenters Lady Agnes' life; Sir Hallam makes a major decision that could have life-altering implications. read more

Upstairs Downstairs: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood Season 42, Episode 26

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. read more

Upstairs Downstairs: The Love That Pays the Price Season 42, Episode 25

Lady Agnes receives bad news as well as organizes a dinner party, during which she attracts the attentions of a wealthy American. In other events, a decision by Mrs. Thackeray results in chaos; and Blanche and Mr. Amanjit set aside their differences in an effort to rescue Jewish children from Germany. read more

Upstairs Downstairs: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing Season 42, Episode 24

Season 2 of "Upstairs Downstairs" commences with two new arrivals at 165 Eaton Place: Sir Hallam's Aunt Blanche and maid Beryl. In other events, a secret about Mr. Pritchard is revealed; and Sir Hallam's concern about Nazi Germany leads to trouble. read more

Wallander: Before the Frost Season 42, Episode 23

In "Wallander: Before the Frost," the Swedish cop investigates an arson-murder linked to a schizophrenic while also searching for a friend of Linda's who vanished after a bizarre visit with him. The latter leads to an uneasy reconciliation with Linda, who shares surprising news with her father. read more

Wallander: The Dogs of Riga Season 42, Episode 22

"Wallander: The Dogs of Riga" finds Wallander playing host to a Riga, Latvia, police major while investigating the murders of two Latvian men whose bodies were discovered in a raft that washed ashore in Sweden. After the major returns home and is killed, Wallander heads to Latvia to lend a hand in that case, and he is soon immersed in a hunt for the major's missing case files, which may document high-level corruption within the Riga police force. read more

Wallander: An Event in Autumn Season 42, Episode 21

"Wallander: An Event in Autumn" finds the morose Swedish detective's life taking a turn for the better when he and Vanja move into a quaint country house together. The good times can't last, however: A decade-old corpse is found buried on their property. At the same time, he investigates the case of a pregnant woman who either jumped or was pushed from a ferry. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Indelible Stain Season 42, Episode 20

In "Inspector Lewis: The Indelible Stain," Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a visiting American academic (David Soul) who courted controversy with a theory that many critics construed as thinly veiled racism. read more

Inspector Lewis: Fearful Symmetry Season 42, Episode 19

"Inspector Lewis: Fearful Symmetry" finds Lewis and Hathaway investigating the murder of a babysitter, who may not have been the intended target given that she was a last-minute fill-in. The case introduces them to a side of Oxford they know little about: swinging and fetish photography. read more

Inspector Lewis: Generation of Vipers Season 42, Episode 18

In "Inspector Lewis: Generation of Vipers," Lewis investigates the death of a lonely college professor who had become an object of ridicule after the video she made for an Internet dating site was posted on a subversive media blog. read more

Inspector Lewis: The Soul of Genius Season 42, Episode 17

"Inspector Lewis: The Soul of Genius" finds Lewis and Hathaway's investigation into the murder of an English professor running into difficulties due to the interference of an amateur detective and two students. read more

Endeavour Season 42, Episode 16

Set in 1965, the "Inspector Morse" prequel "Endeavour" finds rookie constable Endeavour Morse helping with the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl. read more

Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall Season 42, Episode 15

Season 2 of "Sherlock" concludes with "The Reichenbach Fall," which finds the sleuth's reputation in tatters after Moriarty pulls off three ingenious capers in a day. He then plants seeds of doubt in the press about Sherlock's deductive abilities by making it appear as if his past successes were staged. Loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem" short story. read more

Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville Season 42, Episode 14

"Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville" finds Sherlock and Watson investigating a murder that occurred 20 years earlier. It was witnessed by the victim's son, who claims his father was killed by a monstrous hound. The case takes the pair to the British moors, where a top-secret military base is said to be the site of animal-mutation experiments. read more

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Season 42, Episode 13

The second series of "Sherlock" opens with "A Scandal in Belgravia," in which the idiosyncratic sleuth becomes a media sensation because of Watson's blog. And he's asked by his brother to retrieve scandalous photos of a British royal from a dominatrix. The case proves to be anything but simple, however, as it soon involves international terrorism, CIA agents and a matter Holmes is decidedly unfamiliar with: love. read more

Birdsong Season 42, Episode 12

Conclusion. "Birdsong." Wraysford and his men take part in one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded, the Battle of the Somme. read more

Birdsong Season 42, Episode 11

Part 1 of 2. "Birdsong," an adaptation of the Sebastian Faulks novel about a British lieutenant in World War I whose memories of a prewar romance with a married French woman both sustain and haunt him. read more

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Season 42, Episode 10

An adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," about an opium-addled choirmaster who believes his nephew stands between him and the woman he fancies. When the nephew goes missing, the question becomes whether the choirmaster acted on his vivid fantasies of murdering his perceived rival or if someone else did the deed. Writer Gwyneth Hughes ("Miss Austen Regrets") finished the famously unfinished tale based on clues left by Dickens. read more

Great Expectations Season 42, Episode 9

The conclusion of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" finds Pip in London, where his guardian explains his allowance to him. In time, he learns the ways of gentlemen; falls further in love with Estella; and discovers the identity of his benefactor. read more

Great Expectations Season 42, Episode 8

Part 1 of 2. Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" opens with the orphaned Pip, who lives with his sister and brother-in-law, pilfering a metal file for an escaped convict who needs it to break free from his chains. Pip is also sent to the home of an eccentric spinster for a very odd playdate with the woman's adopted daughter. read more

Downton Abbey, Season II (Episode 7) Season 42, Episode 7

Season 2 of "Downton Abbey" concludes with the family gathering at Downton for Christmas and the New Year; and Bates on trial for the murder of Vera. In other events, Robert offers relationship advice to Mary; Matthew comes to terms with his guilt over Lavinia's death; Thomas connives to move up the ranks; Rosamund has a suitor who may be after her money and a new assistant stirs up trouble in the kitchen; Daisy becomes closer to William's father; and Edith reunites with a former suitor. read more

Downton Abbey, Series II (Episode 6) Season 42, Episode 6

"Downton Abbey" continues with the Spanish flu sweeping through the household and infecting Cora, Lavinia and Mr. Carson, among others. Mary, Sybil and Robert, meanwhile, each face a moment of truth; and Anna and Mr. Bates experience a moment of happiness. read more

Downton Abbey, Season II (Episode 5) Season 42, Episode 5

"Downton Abbey" continues with the household preparing for the war's end. While the family looks forward to having a private home again, cousin Isobel has other ideas for Downton. In other events, a wounded officer makes a startling claim that could alter the Downton succession plan; and Sir Richard and Mary go estate-hunting. read more

Downton Abbey, Season II (Episode 4) Season 42, Episode 4

"Downton Abbey" continues with Matthew and William engaging in a fierce battle at the front; Vera striking a cruel blow against Bates and Anna; and Daisy facing the severest test of her life. read more

Downton Abbey, Series II (Episode 3) Season 42, Episode 3

"Downton Abbey" continues with Isobel and Cora butting heads over control of Downton's medical role; Mrs. Bird launching a soup kitchen; and Matthew and William embarking on a perilous patrol behind German lines. read more

Downton Abbey, Series II (Episode 2) Season 42, Episode 2

The second season of "Downton Abbey" continues with the estate being turned into a convalescent home for wounded veterans. In other events, Lavinia and Sir Richard's secret comes out; Anna locates Bates; and Branson seizes his chance to strike a blow for Ireland. read more

Downton Abbey, Series II (Episode 1) Season 42, Episode 1

The second season of "Downton Abbey" opens during WWI with Matthew and Thomas in the trenches in France; and Robert and William longing to join the action. Sybil, meanwhile, finds unlikely support from her grandmother in her quest to help the war effort; Edith learns to drive; Mary struggles with her feelings for Matthew when he returns on leave from the war and attends a benefit concert at the estate with a new companion; and Carson is overwhelmed while running the house with a smaller staff. read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
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