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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, 1432 Episodes - Currently Airing
December 4, 1971
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Masterpiece Full Episode Guide

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 9

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 10

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 8

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 6

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 9

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 7

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 5

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 8

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 6

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 4

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 7

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 5

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 3

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 2

  • The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 1

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 6

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 4

  • 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

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 3

  • Poldark, Season 2: Episode 1

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 2

  • Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 1

  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill has a stroke in 1953 and keeps his illness private.

  • Inspector Lewis, Final Season: What Lies Tangled (Episode 3)

  • Inspector Lewis, Final Season: Magnum Opus

  • Inspector Lewis, Final Season: One for Sorrow

  • Recruited by a college mentor to monitor the movements of his estranged younger wife, Endeavour finds himself drawn to the woman he is investigating.

  • Night school at Oxford.

  • An Oxford artist dies in a house fire.

  • Endeavour, Season 3: Ride (Episode 1)

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 9

  • Wallander, The Final Season: The Troubled Man

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 8

  • Wallander, The Final Season: A Lesson in Love

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 7

  • Wallander, The Final Season: The White Lioness

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 6

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 6

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 5

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 5

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 4

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 4

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 3

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 3

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 2

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 2

  • Grantchester Season 2: Episode 1

  • Mr. Selfridge, Season 4: Episode 1

  • In the series finale, the fates of the occupants of Downton Abbey are resolved.

  • Two romances get tangled. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas makes a bold move. Mrs. Patmore instigates a scandal. Isobel takes a stand.

  • A car race gives brings back bad memories for Mary. Mrs. Patmore opens for business. Mrs. Hughes manipulates Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets an unexpected gift.

  • The hospital war reaches a boiling point; Violet becomes extremely bitter; Daisy attempts to spoil a romance; love is in the air for Mary and Edith; Thomas feels stuck.

  • Thomas makes a plentiful proposition to Andy; Spratt helps out Denker; a powerful politician joins the family for dinner; Robert causes distress; Mary becomes suspicious.

  • Miss Baxter's predicament; Anna and Mary go to London; Daisy strains her case; a maid from the past visits for lunch; car conversations.

  • Mrs. Patmore orders a wedding dress to surprise Mrs. Hughes for her wedding; Edith receives assistance from a handsome volunteer; the hospital drama intensifies.

  • Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London.

  • Obstacles arise in the wedding plans; Edith and Marigold run into pig trouble; Thomas thinks about moving on; Anna has an appointment with the doctor; and Violet and Isobel won't agree about health care.

  • In the premiere of the final season of Downton Abbey, the family is threatened by extortion and could possibly have to downsize; Mrs. Hughes poses a sensitive question; Daisy gets bold; Anna and Bates wait.

  • Madeleine falls victim to a complete surprise. Ramu's future depends on Ralph. Aafrin makes two deadly decisions. The club alters paths. Ian turns into a community hero.

  • Leena and Ian defend Ramu when he faces trial for killing Jaya.

  • A murder confession, Aafrin is blackmailed, and the British Club performs Oscar Wilde.

  • As war continues to creep into areas closer home, the women have their own battles to fight: Frances tries to help Pat before it's too late.

  • Aafrin and Alice try to ignore their budding attraction. Ralph's covert mission is thwarted.

  • Erica's friendship with Pat is tested, and a new evacuee in the village stirs things up.

  • Ralph plays politics at his engagement bash and Eugene divulges a shocking secret to Cynthia.

  • Steph hides a secret, Teresa has a private past, and Erica intervenes to protect Pat.

  • The viceroy gets a royal welcome, but Ian gets bad news.

  • Home Fires: Episode 3

  • Frances and Teresa both run into some problems.

  • Problems for Sooni and witness-tampering runs riot.

  • Aafrin fights for his life, and Ralph confronts the gunman.

  • Frances and Joyce battle over the new Women's Institute. In other events, the RAF comes in town; Pat's husband abuses her; Alison's dog is almost killed; and Will faces his fate.

  • Indian Summers: Episode 1

  • Arthur & George: Episode 3

  • Arthur & George: Episode 2

  • Arthur & George: Episode 1

  • When Verity chooses to follow her heart, everyone blames Poldark.

  • The local copper barons are met with opposition from a mysterious smelting company, and Poldark questions the cardsharp who swindled Francis.

  • Ross and Demelza welcome a couple of new arrivals as Dwight Enys a doctor who plans to make a study of lung diseases at Wheal Leisure shows up and their baby daughter, Julia Grace Poldark is born. At Julia's christening, Demelza decides to try and lift Verity's spirits by getting her back together with her with her lost love Captain Blamey.

  • Demelza has to adapt to a new way of life.

  • Elizabeth has a baby and Ross attempts to put on a brave face at the christening, where he is furious to hear people talking about his relationship with Demelza. Wheal Leisure mine opens and the miners immediately hit ironstone, requiring extra money for gunpowder.

  • After the local mine Wheal Reath is closed, a huge amount of miners, including Jim, find themselves out of work. Ross offers Jim the job as a farm-hand, and thinks to resurrect his family's mine with the hope of bringing prosperity to the region once again.

  • Poldark comes home to Cornwall.

  • In the Season 3 finale, the store plans a sale to end all sales while Harry's future hangs in the balance.

  • Harry prepares for the board meeting, and a nervous Crabb tells him that profits aren't up as much as they'd hoped.

  • The Act of Supremacy has been passed by Henry Supreme Head of the Church in England but the Holy Roman Emperor has refused to recognise either his new title or his recent marriage to Anne Boleyn.

  • One of Victor's new allies takes things in a dangerous direction.

  • Harry holds a race for store deputy, Kitty faces her attackers and Doris struggles.

  • With the Cardinal dead, Cromwell is next in line to arrange the marriage between the king and Anne Boleyn. Although rewarded for his loyalty, Cromwell is being watched.

  • Harry starts a competition for store deputy.

  • Cardinal Wolsey is forced to relocate to York. Cromwell remains in London, hoping to return the cardinal to the king's favor. As Cromwell's relationship with Henry deepens, there is unexpected news from the north.

  • Unexpected associates show up in the search for Kitty's assailants. Agnes and Henri make a decision, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding.

  • Unable to secure the annulment of the King Henry's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his powers. His fate for his future lies with the ever-loyal Thomas Cromwell.

  • Harry attends a land auction, Henri has a flashback, and Edwards' new book creates a problem for Kitty.

  • Harry prepares for the board meeting, and Crabb nervously tells him that profits aren't up as much as they'd hoped.

  • The Crawleys celebrate Christmas at Downton.

  • In the season finale, a policeman is murdered. Plus, Sidney's love life crumbles.

  • Mrs. Pattmore gets a surprise. Anna is in a quandary. Someone tries to sabotage Rose and Atticus.

  • What started as a trip to a London jazz club becomes a murder investigation for Sidney and Geordie.

  • Robert asks a guest to leave the house while Edith's story continues.

  • Homophobia affects the investigation of a murder.

  • Violet's heart is awakened by an ancient spark. Bates finally reveals the truth to Anna. Answers to a painful mystery are finally found.

  • An elderly woman appears to have predicted her own murder.

  • Rose encounters a handsome gentleman. Thomas seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. Edith's link to Marigold draws attention.

  • Lord Merton stuns Isobel, while Mary delivers shocking information to Tony.

  • It appears to be a suicide, but Reverend Sidney Chambers suspects foul play. His biggest challenge is to enlist police in the hunt for the killer.

  • Mary, Lord Gillingham, and Bates face challenges, Cora makes a new friend, while Violet reconnects with an old one.

  • Rose schemes to get a radio in the house. Sarah tutors Daisy. An art historian arrives. Anna struggles with a certain purchase.

  • The election of a working-class prime minister brings a whole new way of thinking. Robert is given the cold shoulder by the village. Baxter tells all, and Edith takes a risk.

  • A look into the Edwardian manners.

Most Popular Masterpiece Episodes

  • Season 46 Episode 56 Poldark, Season 2: Episode 7 11/13/2016
  • Season 46 Episode 61 Poldark, Season 2: Episode 9 11/27/2016
  • Season 46 Episode 57 Indian Summers, Season 2: Episode 9 11/16/2016
  • Season 46 Episode 55 The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 5 11/13/2016
  • Season 46 Episode 47 The Durrells in Corfu: Episode 1 10/16/2016

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