Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Masterpiece Classics 2011 Schedule on PBS

Masterpiece Classic

This winter and spring, Masterpiece classic returns with signature period dramas, hosted by Laura Linney.

  • January 2, 2011
    My Boy Jack
    (One 120-minute episode; TV-PG)
    Daniel Radcliffe stars in a World War I drama about beloved storyteller Rudyard Kipling's only son, missing on the Western front in 1915. David Haig and Kim Cattrall co-star as the famous author and his American wife, Carrie. (Repeat)

  • January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2011 at 9pm
    Downton Abbey
    (Four 90-minute episodes; TV-PG)
    A stately country house, a noble family and a succession crisis are the backdrop for this epic drama by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and others.

  • February 6, 2011
    The Unseen Alistair Cooke
    (One 60-minute episode; TV-PG)
    Told in his own voice and home movies, The Unseen Alistair Cooke shows America as the beloved Masterpiece Theatre host Alistair Cooke saw it — the raw material for a lifetime of journalism. (Repeat)

  • February 13, 20 & 27, 2011 at 9pm
    Any Human Heart
    (Three 90-minute episodes; TV-14, S)
    William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Matthew Macfadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent star.

  • March 27, 2011 at 9pm
    The 39 Steps
    (One 90-minute episode)
    Secret agent Richard Hannay battles German spies on the eve of World War I in a riveting and romantic new version of the thriller by John Buchan. Rupert-Penry Jones (Persuasion) stars as Hannay. (Repeat)

  • April 10, 17 & 24, 2011 at 9pm
    Upstairs Downstairs
    (Three 60-minute episodes)
    Upstairs Downstairs is an updated version of one of the most-loved television series. Jean Marsh reprises her Emmy-winning role as Rose along with series co-creator Eileen Atkins (Cranford). Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard and Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown) also star.

Coming Soon

  • Coming May 1, 8 & 15, 2011
    South Riding
    (Three 60-minute episodes)
    Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) and David Morrissey (Sense & Sensibility) lead the cast in Andrew Davies's (Bleak House, Little Dorrit) three-part adaptation of Winifred Holtby's moving love story.

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