MASTERPIECE 50th Anniversary Special
MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years! is a celebration of the riveting stories, fabulous performances and magnificent costumes that have transported viewers to another time and place for five decades. From Upstairs Downstairs and I, Claudius to The Jewel in the Crown and Downton Abbey, MASTERPIECE has stood the test of time and introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama.
MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years!, a special presentation hosted by award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming, premiered November 29, 2020. Check your local station listings for future airings in your area. This is a broadcast-only event, don’t miss it on your local PBS station!
Masterpiece Theatre began its incredible 50-year run on January 10, 1971, becoming the longest-running, most perennially watched weekly primetime drama series in American television history. Since then, the series has won 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, seven Golden Globes and two Oscars.
MASTERPIECE: 50 Fabulous Years! features in-depth interviews with Robin Ellis, who starred as the original Poldark and who made an appearance in the recent 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, Executive Producer of the series for 35 years, now Executive-Producer-at-Large; and Susanne Simpson, current Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE.
The program is also full of video clips from classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Jewel in the Crown, I Claudius, Sherlock and current fan favorites, including Victoria, Endeavour, Poldark, Grantchester, and many more.