Classic

Masterpiece classic features signature period dramas.

  • Stay in touch with all things Downton Abbey on the official US website for the hit series. Watch exclusive video interviews with the cast, find out about all the characters, take quizzes, explore features from the first four seasons, and get the latest news about Season 5, coming in 2015!

  • The romantic saga and fan favorite will return to MASTERPIECE in 2015, Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton announced. Originally aired in the 1970s, Poldark starred Robin Ellis. In the new adaptation, Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) plays the lead, with Mr. Ellis returning in the role of Reverend Halse.

  • Whether you’ve savored every minute of Season 2, or are just starting to watch Mr. Selfridge, find out everything about the series on our exclusive Mr. Selfridge website. Explore cast interview videos, episode synopses, features and more from both seasons.

  • Julie Walters (Harry Potter, The Hollow Crown), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners, Harry Potter, Madame Bovary), and others will star in MASTERPIECE's ten-part epic drama Indian Summers. The drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, and is set to air on MASTERPIECE in 2015.

  • What might be ahead for your favorite Downton Abbey characters in Season 5? Cast members offer their surprising thoughts and insights in this exclusive MASTERPIECE video.

  • Learn about the new Downton Abbey cast members arriving for Season 5, including Richard E. Grant (Girls, Gosford Park, Doctor Who), Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and others.

  • Fresh from the hit drama Homeland, Emmy®-nominated Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the much anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels. Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) will play Anne Boleyn in the series written by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

  • Are you more of a tycoon or a trendsetter? Do you prefer perfume or profit margins? Take the Mr. Selfridge personality quiz and find out which of the series' beloved characters you're most like. Then share your results with friends and fans!

  • Get a break from your dream job — or escape from your mundane one. Take our Downton Abbey job quiz to find out which Downton Abbey job you're best suited for, and then share your job announcement with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Highlights from the 2014 Masterpiece Classic Season

  • January 5 – February 23, 2014
    Downton Abbey Season 4
    Season 4 of the international hit Downton Abbey finds three generations of the Crawley family coping with last season's shocking finale and change encroaching on the estate.

  • March 31 – May 18, 2014
    Mr. Selfridge
    Jeremy Piven (Entourage) reprises his role as London’s retail king, Harry Gordon Selfridge, in Mr. Selfridge, Season 2. Costars include Frances O’Connor, Aisling Loftus, Amanda Abbington, and Ron Cook.

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