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40 Years of Masterpiece

Monday, January 13th, 2011

 

 

Masterpiece, the longest-running, most-honored drama series on primetime television, blows out 40 candles this January as it celebrates a milestone anniversary on PBS.

 

 

 

The 40th season premieres with a quintessentially Masterpiece™ production, “Downton Abbey,” an Edwardian spellbinder created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellows (rd Park) and starring Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), Maggie Smith (Harry Potter), Elizabeth McGovern (A Room with a View), Dan Stevens (Sense & Sensibility) and a country-house full of other great actors. The series airs Sundays, Jan. 9-30 from 8-9:30 p.m.

Downton Abbey is truly a ‘Masterpiece’ and the perfect program to begin the celebration of our 40th season,” says Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “It’s a grand story with an excellent script, full of memorable characters, played in a gorgeous setting. That’s the Masterpiece™ tradition.”

The season continues Feb. 13-27 with “Any Human Heart,” William Boyd’s adaptation of his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man—at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war, and spy—making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Starring Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent.

And save your April for an updated version of one of the most-loved and most-honored series in television history: Upstairs, Downstairs.

 

 

 

 

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For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org

 


 

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