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Series Length:44 Seasons, 1280 Episodes
Schedule: Sunday 9:00 PM on PBS
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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.

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Status: Currently Airing
Genre: Drama
Rating: 9/10
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  • Agnes works all night in preparation for the Empire Exhibition that Harry is putting out. Mr. Crabb tries to cover for Mr. Grove when Harry thinks he's late for work again. Plus, the staff's reaction to the beginning of WWI.

  • Miss Mardle gets lucky, Leclair resurfaces, and Loxley asks Harry for help. Everyone anticipates Winston Churchill's visit to the store.

  • Harry and his estranged wife reunite when she shows up from America to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of the store. Unfortunately, she seems more interested in an exciting new friendship with a female novelist than she is to see him.

  • With summer in full bloom, Rose anticipates her 'coming out' and is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile, the family are in London, preparing Grantham House for the busy social program.

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