Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years!
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Arts & Entertainment
- Published: 19 November 2020
Sunday, November 29, 8 p.m
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Masterpiece on PBS. Celebrate the iconic series that introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama. Join us to celebrate the iconic PBS series originally called Masterpiece Theatre — the riveting stories, fabulous performances, magnificent costumes and astonishing ability to transport viewers to another time and place. From Upstairs Downstairs to I, Claudius to The Jewel in the Crown and Downton Abbey, Masterpiece has stood the test of time.
Hosted by award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming, the program features in-depth interviews with Robin Ellis, who starred as the original Poldark and who made an appearance in the current series; Sir Derek Jacobi, who starred in the title role of I, Claudius; and Phyllis Logan, best known to Americans for her portrayal of Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey. Others interviewed include Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes; Victoria writer and creator Daisy Goodwin; Rebecca Eaton, executivepProducer of the series for 35 years, now executive-producer-at-large; and Susanne Simpson, current executive producer of Masterpiece.