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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
47 Seasons, 1443 Episodes
January 10, 1971
Drama
8.5/10
Cast: Alistair Cooke
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  • The untold story if the three Bronte sisters.

  • Victoria is about to give birth. The country and the crown are under a lot of pressure.

  • Victoria finds out she is pregnant. She and Albert start on a road to a lot of change for the country and their relationship.

  • Prince Albert struggles to find his place among the royal household.

  • Victoria and Albert consider matrimony; whether the queen will pledge to obey her foreign prince.

  • Albert ignores the Queen's request and is met with royal disdain when he makes a visit; Miss Skerrett's past becomes more mysterious.

  • Victoria faces the question of marriage amongst rioting in the country.

  • Upon the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837, 18-year-old Princess Victoria is made queen.

  • Sherlock and Watson have to face some dark skeletons in the closet.

  • Sherlock takes on one of his most disturbing and high profile cases.

  • Sherlock is back, and the twists and turns are better than ever. Things Mary's past come back.

  • 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.

  • A suspected link between a new missing persons case and a similar cold case from years ago is unearthed. As the body count rises, Endeavour deduces that there may be darker forces at play, manipulating events from afar. So it is that Oxford City Police are drawn into a tangled web of lies and deceit which will imperil them all...

  • An Oxford artist dies in a house fire.

  • A carnival turns sinister when a young bus conductress disappears. The case is brought to the attention of the Oxford City Police, where Endeavour is suspended from duty. But when the body tips up on their doorstep, the unexplained details prove too pressing to ignore, and Endeavour begins a covert investigation of his own.

  • 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.

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