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MASTERPIECE Classic | Downton Abbey | Part 1 Preview | PBS Sundays, January 9 through January 30, 2011, at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings) MASTERPIECE's 40th anniversary season premieres with a quintessentially MASTERPIECE production, Downton Abbey, an Edwardian-era spellbinder created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). Starring Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill), Maggie Smith (Harry Potter), Elizabeth McGovern (A Room with a View), Dan Stevens (Sense & Sensibility) and a country-house full of other great actors, the miniseries set audience records during its recent UK broadcast and was hailed as "a sumptuous, instantly riveting glimpse of a world—and family—on the verge of profound change" by the London Daily Telegraph. Part 1 -- January 9, 2011 When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs, and his daughter Mary loses her fianc?, throwing Downton Abbey and its servants into turmoil. The new heir turns out to be Matthew, a lowly lawyer with novel ideasAbbey Bonneville British Classic Crawley Downton Elizabeth Fellowes Gosford Grantham Harry Hugh host Julian Laura Linney Maggie Masterpiece McGovern Park PBS Potter Sense Sensibility Smith Theatre WGBH about country life.
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