Lacking the authoritarian discipline of her peers, Selfridges' head of fashion, Miss Flora Bunting, is timid, competent, and kind to her staff. Her kindness will come in handy when she most needs a helping hand.
A veteran of British television with an extensive list of theatre credits to her name, Pippa Hawood is perhaps best known in England for her role in the longtime British comedy series The Brittas Empire. Working in drama and comedy alike, she is presently starring in BBC One's drama series, Prisoners' Wives. MASTERPIECE viewers may recognize her from her roles in The Inspector Lynley mystery Missing Joseph and the Hercule Poirot mystery A Cat Among the Pigeons. Off stage and screen, the mother of two young daughters was so moved by the plight of Afghan refugees in the crisis that ensued after the September 11, 2001 attacks that she approached many leading names in the arts -- JK Rowling, Seamus Heaney, Joanna Lumley, Nick Hornby and more -- and compiled a collection, Poems for Refugees, with the celebrities' chosen poems and their personal statements sharing the reasons for their choices.
What does it take to get the historical details of Downton Abbey right? Have a burning question about period history or life on the set? Here’s your chance for exclusive access to Alastair Bruce, historical advisor for the series. Post your best questions in the comment section below, and we may use them in a future feature with Alastair.
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Stars Julien Ovenden (Blake), Kevin Doyle (Molesley), and historial advisor Alastair Bruce explore the rites and rituals of traditional entertaining. Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres on Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015 at 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #DowntonPBS
Actresses Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Cara Theobold (Ivy), Raquel Cassidy (Baxter), and Sophie McShera (Daisy) on the lady behind the luncheon: Mrs. Patmore! Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015 at 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #DowntonPBS
Who will be joining the Crawley family in this season of Downton? The cast introduces new ladies, lords, and maids. Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015, 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #DowntonPBS
Star Bill Nighy and writer/director David Hare on the character evolution of Johnny Worricker, his true intentions, and where he stands at the saga's conclusion. Worricker: Salting the Battlefield is available to stream for free, for a limited time. #MasterpiecePBS
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