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PBS' long-running series, Masterpiece, features an eclectic selection of original British dramas and literary productions. The program includes three distinct segments: Masterpiece Classic, Masterpiece Contemporary and Masterpiece Mystery! Masterpiece Classic, airing in the winter and spring, presents period dramas and is hosted by Laura Linney. The most recent season included Downton Abbey, set in a turn of the century manor house, and Upstairs, Downstairs, sequel to a popular series produced in the 1970s. Literary adaptations have included Great Expectations and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Masterpiece Mystery! runs during the summer months and recently presented a second series of Sherlock, a contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective. Other offerings include Inspector Lewis, now in its sixth series, and Zen. Agatha Christie's Poirot and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple are perennial favorites, as well. Alan Cumming hosts Masterpiece Mystery!

Masterpiece Contemporary features dramas with modern settings and characters. Hosted by David Tennant, Masterpiece Contemporary chronicled the life John Lennon in Lennon Naked. The Song of Lunch, the story of a lovers' reunion, and Page Eight, a politically charged drama involving Britain's MI5, were the most recent contributions from the series, which runs in the fall.

WGBH Boston produces Masterpiece with shows purchased from the BBC and other sources. Masterpiece first aired on PBS in 1971 as Masterpiece Theater. It is the longest-running drama series to appear in prime time. Its sister series, Mystery! first aired in 1980. The two combined in 2008 and added the Contemporary series to create the existing Masterpiece.

Sunday 9:00 PM on PBS
46 Seasons, 1414 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 22, 1971
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  • Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire. Alice and Aafrin’s affair teeters on exposure. A marriage descends into sadism. The dead and presumed dead return.

  • Smugglers make Ross an offer. Ross makes Francis an offer. Verity reappears. Ross and George engage in a frank discussion. Demelza risks her neck before a blessed event.

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 2

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 4

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