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The Story of the Costume Drama | Preview | PBS

A celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical drama, the genre that has brought bans in America and complaints from the Royal Family while creating massive stars in some of the most memorable and best- loved series ever broadcast on PBS, this special is wide-ranging, covering love and war, birth and death, the rich and the poor. In THE STORY OF THE COSTUME DRAMA, narrated by Keeley Hawes, the audience is shown how the genre has changed across the decades -- fromThe Forsyte Saga to Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited to I, Claudius -- with feature interviews with the stars of the series and the people behind the camera responsible for them, from the writers to the location managers. Airing March 2012 on most PBS stations (check your local listings at Support your local PBS station now -- you make it possible for your PBS station to offer amazing performances and the opportunity to discover something new every day, whether on TV or online. To donate to your local PBS station, visit
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