Saturday, December 4, 2010

Masterpiece Classic Schedule!

PBS just released highlights from its Masterpiece Classic schedule for 2011, and all three series look fabulous! I'm especially looking forward to Upstairs Downstairs, and I love Matthew MacFadyen so I'm interested to see Any Human Heart as well.

January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2011 at 9pm
Downton Abbey
A stately country house, a noble family and a succession crisis are the backdrop for this epic drama by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) about the lives of aristocrats and servants in the years before World War I. Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and others.

February 13, 20 & 27, 2011 at 9pm
Any Human Heart
William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man — at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war, and spy — making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Jim Broadbent star.

Matthew MacFadyen and Hayley Atwell

Tom Hollander and Gillian Anderson as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

April 10, 17 & 24, 2011 at 9pm
Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs is an updated version of one of the most-loved and most-honored series in television history. The series has a new cast of characters and Jean Marsh reprising her Emmy-winning role as Rose. The cast also includes the original series co-creator Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Keeley Hawes (MI-5), Ed Stoppard, and Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown) with a script by Emmy-nominee Heidi Thomas (Cranford).

Keeley Hawkes and Ed Stoppard as Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam Holland

Claire Foy as Lady Persephone

Some of the staff

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