MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years!
Airs Sunday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on KPBS TV (Not available to stream)
Friday, January 8, 2021
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“MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years!” is a celebration of the iconic PBS series originally called MASTERPIECE THEATRE — the riveting stories, fabulous performances, magnificent costumes and astonishing ability to transport viewers to another time and place.
From UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS and I, CLAUDIUS to THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN and DOWNTON ABBEY, MASTERPIECE has stood the test of time and introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama. Hosted by award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming.
MASTERPIECE THEATRE began its incredible 50-year run on Jan. 10, 1971, becoming the longest-running, most perennially watched weekly primetime drama series in American television history. Since then, the series has won 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, seven Golden Globes and two Oscars.
“MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years!” features in-depth interviews with Robin Ellis, who starred as the original Poldark and who made an appearance in the current series; Sir Derek Jacobi, who starred in the title role of I, CLAUDIUS; and Phyllis Logan, best known to Americans for her portrayal of Mrs. Hughes on DOWNTON ABBEY.
Others interviewed include DOWNTON ABBEY writer and creator Julian Fellowes; VICTORIA writer and creator Daisy Goodwin; Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of the series for 35 years, now executive-producer-at-large; and Susanne Simpson, current executive producer of MASTERPIECE.
The program is also full of video clips from classics such as UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS, JEWEL IN THE CROWN, I CLAUDIUS, SHERLOCK and current fan favorites, including VICTORIA, ENDEAVOUR, POLDARK, GRANTCHESTER, and many more.
Quiz: Do You Know These MASTERPIECE Locations?
Calling all MASTERPIECE fans! Put your knowledge to the test with our new quiz all about the famous locations featured in MASTERPIECE series old and new, from castles, to palaces, to world famous gardens and more. Then, be sure to share the quiz with your MASTERPIECE-loving friends and family and see how well they do, too!
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