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Season 42

Downton Abbey - Behind The Drama

Mar/04/2012
Masterpiece Classic

The cast and creators of Downton Abbey tell the story of the show from the inside. The actors talk exclusively about their characters and the gripping storylines across both series. They provide a real insight into the romance and conflict portrayed in the series, how they interact with each other, and how they feel filming the crucial scenes for their character.

Features behind the scenes footage from all the key locations; including the historic Ealing Studios in London where all the "below" scenes are shot, and the fabulous Highclere Castle in Berkshire (the site of most of the "above" stairs scenes). The show is on location for the dramatic opening scene of the second series, set during the Battle of the Somme and shot on location near Ipswich.

1190 :42x01 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 1)

Jan/08/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Fall 1916 — Spring 1917

In the throes of the Great War, uncertainty and worry have taken up residence in the great house of Downton Abbey. Some newcomers arrive, met with varying degrees of welcome; some young men are absent, desperately clinging to survival in the trenches of France; and some men remain at Downton, their discontent festering. Robert, ever the honorable patriarch, struggles with the uneasiness of a diminished house and the suspicion that the uniform he wears is empty. The Crawley women, too, attempt to find their place in the new climate, as Isobel helps chart a new course for one sister and Branson exerts his influence over yet another. Among the servants, love is in the air — O'Brien being, as always, the exception — until Bates makes a decision that crushes the hearts of the two people who love him most. News about Matthew stuns the house, and Mary has a revelation of her own. Downton Abbey itself is to be made useful, transformed into a convalescent home for wounded officers. In wartime, not even the seemingly immutable Dowager Countess, Violet, remains entirely unchanged!
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: Ashley Pearce
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1191 :42x02 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 2)

Jan/15/2012
Masterpiece Classic

1917

As a convalescent home for wounded officers, Downton Abbey offers respite from the front. But Cora and Isobel, locked in a power struggle over running the home, wage domestic war, and Thomas in his new rank as acting-Sergeant is not one to broker peace. Mary rejects Rosamund's dubious advice while Daisy reluctantly accepts Mrs. Patmore's — in both cases, new bonds are irreversibly forged. Meanwhile, Anna dares to hope when she spies a familiar figure in the village. When Matthew accompanies a visiting General to Downton, a dinner party brings much of the war's painful demands into sharp relief, claiming one victim and very nearly several others. Branson's ambitions are revealed and William's aspirations are fulfilled. And Edith, finally, catches someone's eye.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: Andy Goddard
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1192 :42x03 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 3)

Jan/22/2012
Masterpiece Classic

1918

Mary's new alliance has aroused Violet's interest in matters of suitability and love. With Sybil in mind, the Dowager Countess declares, "war breaks down barriers and when peacetime re-erects them, it's very easy to find oneself on the wrong side." Indeed, among war's greatest casualties at Downton are the prescribed roles and class boundaries. Thomas is exerting his authority over the servants with aplomb; Mrs. Patmore, Daisy and Mrs. Bird are cooking up a little something on the side; and Ethel has discovered an age-old way to support the war effort. But between Robert and Bates, faith and loyalty transcend class, offering hope when Robert needs it most. Because now, the war has threatened a far more serious casualty.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: Brian Kelly
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1193 :42x04 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 4)

Jan/29/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Amiens, 1918

Devastating news from the front rocks the very foundations of Downton Abbey, and it is up to the Dowager Countess to buck bureaucratic protocol and bring Downton's men home. In an unwelcome return, Vera Bates threatens to make public the scandalous story of Lady Mary's ill-fated indiscretion. Desperate to contain the story, Mary appeals to the savvy opportunist Sir Richard Carlisle. Mary is not the only woman to consider hard sacrifice. Some will make it against their will, some will be denied a chance, and some will refuse. Daisy may buckle from its pressure, while Lavinia desperately wishes for such a burden. Sybil must push back. And Cora, preoccupied with the running of the home, cannot see that a sacrifice may already have been made.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: Brian Kelly
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1194 :42x05 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 5)

Feb/05/2012
Masterpiece Classic

1918

As the war promises to draw to a close, uncertainty still reigns. With its ruined aristocratic houses, rationing, and fallen officers, war's aftermath opens some doors for the present and former servants and slams shut others. Meanwhile, Isobel's post-war plans create an indomitable, if unlikely, alliance. But when a mysterious stranger arrives, Downton faces more turmoil. Sir Richard is anxious to take not just Downton's most beautiful asset, but one of its most treasured as well. In return and against Robert's wishes, he restores a powerful replacement in its halls. And Vera Bates takes startling action.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: Andy Goddard
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1195 :42x06 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 6)

Feb/12/2012
Masterpiece Classic

1919

As the last of the recovering officers depart Downton, the house is reverted to its former state — but not so its residents. The future looms large for a lost and melancholy Robert, an uneasy Bates, a determined Sybil, a cunning, ambitious Thomas and a desperate Ethel. A stunning revelation deeply affects Robert and Cora and incites Richard to tighten his grip on Mary. But Mary has accepted her fate with detachment. Violet, however, will do no such thing, and even Carson reaches his limit. Sybil discovers unlikely, however unenthusiastic, allies. A wedding is planned but fate cruelly intervenes. In its wake lay guilt, grief and, among the servants, fresh horrors.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Director: James Strong
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1196 :42x07 - Downton Abbey, II: (Episode 7)

Feb/19/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Christmas, 1919

Christmas reunites most of the Grantham family as Rosamund, her gossipy maid Shore in tow, arrives eager to introduce her new suitor to the family. But neither the Granthams nor the servants can escape into the season's merriment when they are forced to turn against one of their own. Not even games can pierce the gloom surrounding Downton, where downstairs the servants are desperate for guidance. Thomas and O'Brien are up to their old tricks, Daisy tries to make sense of her future, and Anna holds tight to endure the present. Robert hopes that the annual New Years Shooting Party will lift everyone's spirits, but an ill-tempered Richard resets his sights on a familiar target. His petulant and brutish efforts to dominate Mary do not go unnoticed. But with his threat hanging over her head, Mary must choose between two kinds of ruin.
Guest Stars: Hugh Bonneville as Rt Hon Robert Crawley (Earl of Grantham) | Elizabeth McGovern as Rt Hon Cora Crawley (Countess of Grantham) | Maggie Smith as Rt Hon Violet Crawley (Dowager Countess of Grantham) | Brendan Coyle as John Bates (Lord Grantham's valet) | Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley (Distant Cousin to the Earl) | Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (Youngest daughter of the Earl) | Jim Carter as Charles Carson (Butler) | Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (Middle daughter of the Earl) | Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Eldest daughter of the Earl) | Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley (Matthew's mother) | Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes (Housekeeper) | Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O'Brien (Lady Grantham's maid) | Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow (Footman) | Thomas Howes as William Mason (Footman) | Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith (Head housemaid) | Amy Nuttall as Ethel Parks (Housemaid) | Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore (Cook) | Sophie McShera as Daisy Robinson (Kitchen maid)
Songs: John Lunn -- Did I Make the Most of Loving You?

1198 :42x08 - Great Expectations: (Episode 1)

Apr/01/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Great Expectations airs during the bicentennial of Dickens' birth and marks the fifteenth Masterpiece adaptation of the great novelist's works.

On a cold winter's day in the marshes, a young orphan boy (Pip) encounters an escaped convict. In order to remove his shackles, the convict orders the terrified lad to steal a file from his brother-in-law's forge. When Pip returns, he not only brings the file but a piece of pie as well. This innocent act of kindness touches the filthy and battered man, who is soon recaptured despite Pip's help. We soon learn that Pip is being raised by his sister and brother-in-law (Joe), who is the only person that has ever treated him with tenderness. Pip's sister (Mrs. Joe) constantly abuses him and Joe's assistant (Orlick), menaces Pip for sport.

Soon, Pip is summoned to the grand but dilapidated Satis House by its reclusive owner, Miss Havisham. There, Pip is subjected to fresh abuse and humiliation by Estella, the cold-hearted but beautiful adopted daughter of Miss Havisham. Pip desperately yearns for a closeness with Estella as he tries to overcome Miss Havisham's inscrutable manipulations. When Pip learns that an anonymous benefactor has bestowed great expectations of status and wealth upon him, only then does he dare to hope that Estella can be his. Pip journeys to London to pursue the life of a gentleman, unsure of what trials await there or how far he might have to go for love.
Guest Stars: Harry Lloyd as Herbert Pocket | Ray Winstone as Abel Magwitch | Douglas Booth (2) as Philip "Pip" Pirrip | Vanessa Kirby as Estella | David Suchet as Jaggers | Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham | Mark Addy as Uncle Pumblechook | Paul Rhys as Compeyson | Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip
Director: Brian Kirk
Screenplay: Sarah Phelps

1199 :42x09 - Great Expectations: (Episode 2)

Apr/08/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Pip arrives in London where his guardian Jaggers installs him in rooms with a young gentleman cut off from his wealthy family, Herbert Pocket. In Herbert, Pip finds a friend and an introduction into London society. But Pip's eagerness to learn the ways of a gentleman is matched by his eagerness to spend money to that end, and his debts pile up in spite of Jaggers' cold counsel. He is called upon by Miss Havisham and reunited with Estella, but spurns Joe, who knows that Pip is ashamed. Accompanying Estella through London society, Pip moves toward the day he will learn the identity of his benefactor and finally marry his beloved Estella.
Guest Stars: Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham | Harry Lloyd as Herbert Pocket | David Suchet as Jaggers | Douglas Booth (2) as Philip "Pip" Pirrip | Ray Winstone as Abel Magwitch | Vanessa Kirby as Estella | Paul Rhys as Compeyson | Mark Addy as Uncle Pumblechook | Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip
Director: Brian Kirk
Screenplay: Sarah Phelps

1200 :42x10 - The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Apr/15/2012
Masterpiece Classic

An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens' last novel left unfinished at his death, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster's obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud.

John Jasper is a troubled man, his psyche split between darkness and light. He has spent his life in the stifling and claustrophobic cathedral village of Cloisterham in a state of frustrated ambition, and has become addicted to opium in an attempt to still his ennui and expand his horizons. But the opium is fracturing Jasper's mind so that even as his soul reaches for the sublime in his music, his darker self has conceived a murderous hatred of his nephew Edwin Drood, who, he believes, stands between him and the lovely Rosa Bud. When two orphan twins Neville and Helena Landless arrive in town, Jasper's dark desires take shape and morph into shocking, drug-fueled action. Jasper's obsessions push him closer to the edge of sanity, while the most disturbing secrets of Cloisterham remain buried.

Source: PBS
Guest Stars: Matthew Rhys as John Jasper | Rory Kinnear as Reverend Septimus Crisparkle | Alun Armstrong as Hiram Grewgious | Julia McKenzie as Mrs Crisparkle | Ron Cook as Durdles | David Dawson as Bazzard | Sacha Dhawan as Neville Landless | Freddie Fox as Edwin Drood | Ian McNeice as Mayor Thomas Sapsea | Tamzin Merchant as Rosa Bud | Amber Rose Revah as Helena Landless | Ellie Haddington as Princess Puffer | Janet Dale as Miss Twinkleton | Alfie Davis as Deputy

1201 :42x11 - Birdsong: (Episode 1)

Apr/22/2012
Masterpiece Classic

As Stephen Wraysford fights in the terrifying death-filled trenches of northern France, he is haunted by memories of Isabelle Azaire, the woman with whom he had an illicit and all-consuming affair during a summer in France before the war.
Guest Stars: Matthew Goode as Captain Gray | Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford

1202 :42x12 - Birdsong: (Episode 2)

Apr/29/2012
Masterpiece Classic

As Stephen Wraysford recovers from his injuries and prepares for a major offensive, he is still haunted by the legacy of his affair with Isabelle Azaire. Amidst the horror of the trenches, Stephen unexpectedly finds comfort in his friendship with Jack Firebrace, who shows him that there is a future worth fighting for.
Guest Stars: Matthew Goode as Captain Gray | Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Wraysford

1203 :42x13 - Sherlock, II: (1) A Scandal In Belgravia

May/06/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

A case of blackmail threatens to topple the monarchy itself, but soon Sherlock and John discover there is even more to it than that. They find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents, and a secret conspiracy involving the British government. But this case will cast a longer shadow on their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself - Irene Adler.

1204 :42x14 - Sherlock, II: (2) The Hounds of Baskerville

May/13/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

Something terrible has happened to Henry Knight and Sherlock and John investigate the truth about the monstrous creature which apparently killed their client's father. A hound from hell? What seems like fantasy in Baker Street is a very different prospect in the ultra-secret army base that looms over Dartmoor.

1205 :42x15 - Sherlock, II: (3) The Reichenbach Fall

May/20/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

James Moriarty possesses the greatest criminal mind that the world has ever seen. Sherlock and John knew he wouldn't stay hidden for long. But even they never guessed the sheer scale and audacity of the crime that would propel Moriarty back into the headlines. The crime of the century. The Tower of London, the Bank of England and Pentonville prison - all sprung open on the same day, as if by magic! But Moriarty's plans don't stop there. Sherlock and John lock horns with their old enemy in one final problem that tests loyalty and courage to their very limits. Sherlock must fight for his reputation, his sanity and his life. But is he all he claims to be?

1206 :42x16 - Endeavour

Jul/01/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

Before his signature red Jaguar, before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Endeavour Morse is the low man on the force returning to Oxford with no track record and his future on the line.

It's 1965, and a 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl, last seen waiting alone in the rain at a bus stop on early Sunday morning, has disappeared and is presumed dead. The hunt for Mary Tremlett draws rookie Detective Endeavour Morse, the conflicted young detective on the verge of resignation, back to the university he'd suddenly left only a few years before. Stuck between town and gown, he is patronized by his arrogant old rival, now ascending the ivory tower, and scorned by a DS contemptuous of the "college boy." Only the former opera diva Rosalind Stromming, wife of an Oxford tutor with a murky connection to the missing girl, can offer him solace as he tries to navigate a hostile supervisor, the ghosts of his past, and a mystery that deepens with another tragic death. Discredited and at a dead-end, the solitary and cerebral Endeavour drives his first Jaguar, drinks his first pint and, to the sublime strains of opera, fights for the truth as he forges the identity that will someday become Inspector Morse.

1207 :42x17 - Inspector Lewis, V: (1) The Soul of Genius

Jul/08/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

What is a snark? This is just one of the many unanswered questions Inspector Lewis must ask when botanist Liz Nash accidentally unearths the recently buried body of an English professor obsessed with the Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of the Snark. Locked in bitter rivalry with his brother, professor Murray Hawes was fixed on solving a legendary riddle hidden in Carroll's philosophical story of an impossible quest for the unknowable. The search for Murray's killer launches Lewis and Hathaway on an impossible quest of their own, taking them from Oxford's botanical gardens to the evidence wall of an interfering amateur sleuth. But when a prime suspect is killed and a secret society is exposed, Lewis and Hathaway intensify their hunt not for the unknowable, but for an all-too-real killer.

1208 :42x18 - Inspector Lewis, V: (2) Generation of Vipers

Jul/15/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

Elizabethan tragedy collides with 21st-century technology when a lonely feminist Shakespeare scholar, humiliated in a viral video leaked from a dating site, takes her life in despair. Miranda Thornton had numerous enemies who might have relished her downfall: a property developer, a former student, a jilted romantic hopeful, and an anonymous online gadfly. Determined to assign blame for Miranda's anguish, Inspector Lewis begins his investigation at the scurrilous video-hosting blog, TheBarker.biz, and before long, he is convinced of Miranda's murder. But when an Oxford youth connected to the case is violently killed, Lewis and Hathaway fall victim to TheBarker's sensational accusations. In social media stripped of identity and humanity, mirroring only loneliness, Lewis and Hathaway must cut through swathes of Internet anonymity to penetrate a Generation of Vipers.

1209 :42x19 - Inspector Lewis, V: (3) Fearful Symmetry

Jul/22/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

Sometimes murder extends its reach even beyond the medieval walls of Oxford. So it goes when suburbanites Nick and Honey Addams return home after a night out to find their babysitter, Jessica Lake, dead - her wrists symmetrically bound to the Adams's bed. Her death pose is shocking; more so is Inspector Lewis and DS Hathaway's discovery of fetish photographs featuring Jessica in similar restraints. With Jessica as her muse, the provocative "Oxford type" artist, Marion Hammond, used fetish photography to explore the dual nature of passion: innocence and corruption. In the dark and varied worlds at the outskirts of Oxford, Lewis and Hathaway search for answers in an abandoned children's home, a primate lab, and the upscale home of smug venture capitalist Tom Garland. To piece together the terrifying symmetry of Jessica's murder, Lewis and Hathaway race to solve the mystery of the girl behind the muse.

1210 :42x20 - Inspector Lewis, V: (4) The Indelible Stain

Jul/29/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

"No platform for racists!" shouts a crowd of protestors, interrupting the controversial lecture of American academic Paul Yelland, a guest of Oxford's Department of Criminology. An anti-racist extremist hurls a threat at the professor, and later that night, Yelland is discovered strangled to death with a noose made from his own tie. The investigation draws Inspector Lewis and Hathaway into a criminology department rife with murder suspects, many of them already guilty of lesser crimes. Star student Nina Clement is having an affair with the husband of the coldly ambitious department head Anne Rand, who brought Yelland to Oxford solely to generate attention for her department. Now, with the papers headlined "Lynched," she relishes the publicity. But in an atmosphere of racial tension made worse by Yelland's "theory of dangerousness," which asserts that evil can be located in genetics, Lewis and Hathaway must move quickly to find the killer. Genetics have no place in their investigation; it's motive — whether politics, ambition, or vengeance — that will reveal the indelible stain of murder.

1211 :42x21 - Wallander, III: (1) An Event In Autumn

Sep/09/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

After Wallander moves into his new dream home with his girlfriend Vanja, their blissful life is greatly disturbed with the discovery of a girl's skeleton in the garden. With the revelation that the corpse is that of a woman murdered there 10 years ago, Wallander determines that he must find her killer and get his new life back on track. However, he soon discovers that the case might not be as cold as originally thought.

1212 :42x22 - Wallander, III: (2) The Dogs of Riga

Sep/16/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

A raft containing two corpses has washed ashore in Ystad. It is soon discovered that the dead men, gruesomely frozen together, were Eastern European criminals and apparently victims of a gangland hit. Things turn sinister when Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea to the politically unstable country of Latvia, which is squarely immersed in a battle for independence from the Soviet Union. Thrust into the strange world of deception, veiled threats, and police surveillance; Wallander comes to understand what life is like in a nation where democracy is still only a dream. With his determination and constant pursuit of justice, Wallander can only hope that he will soon track down the elusive and shadowy figures he pursues.

1213 :42x23 - Wallander, III: (3) Before The Frost

Sep/23/2012
Masterpiece Mystery

Linda Wallander, new member of the team at Ystad police station, is waiting for her first big case and she and her father, Inspector Kurt Wallander, are constantly irritating each other. Finally, her desires are realized when she gets a case involving her childhood friend Anna, who showed up begging for help - then mysteriously disappeared. Meanwhile, Wallander is attempting to unravel clues in a case of his own after an elderly woman is found cremated in a shallow grave, apparently killed by a religious obsessive. For Linda, what has become a fascinating and very dangerous investigation, soon leads her to the realization that she might be in over her head, so she calls on her father for help.

1214 :42x24 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (1) A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing

Oct/07/2012
Masterpiece Classic

There is new life at 165 Eaton Place as Lady Agnes Holland, still weakened from the delivery, has given birth. Meanwhile, Sir Hallam Holland’s aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, is on the scene and manages to keep tensions high throughout the house. In the absence of Miss Rose Buck, Mr. Pritchard is tirelessly trying to maintain some semblance of peace and order - all the while readying for the unnerving prospect of war. Against an increasingly uneasy political backdrop, long-buried secrets about the staff are revealed and gas masks are issued to all. While the house staff seems torn between patriotism and conscience, Sir Hallam stands firm in his diplomatic convictions - working to negotiate what may be the final chance to avert war. However, even as the prospect of maintaining peace seems more and more a possibility, there remains a sense of uncertainty as to just how long England will be able to sleep peacefully.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst

1215 :42x25 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (2) The Love that Pays the Price

Oct/14/2012
Masterpiece Classic

Everyone at 165 Eaton Place is preparing for what is sure to be a grand evening full of VIP's. Unbeknownst to anyone, Sir Hallam Holland is about to receive a rather serious offer that will potentially change life at Eaton Place forever. Meanwhile, in hopes of altering her lifestyle, Mrs. Thackeray has reconnected with family. Family situations are being anguished over upstairs as well after an alarming middle of the night call is received from Lady Persie, who is frantic to come home and to leave the fiery chaos of Germany behind. Sir Hallam's fears and concerns for his country deepen after the pact between England and Germany is broken. As darkness falls on 165 Eaton Place, those upstairs and down unite, looking for some measure of hope in these very troubling times.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst

1216 :42x26 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (3) A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood

Oct/21/2012
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Lady Agnes is becoming more involved with the Women’s League of Health and Beauty, where exercise and equality are stressed. She has taken up a class with the group and urges some of the female staff to join her. Blanche Mottershead becomes mired in a scandal when a torrid novel, published by someone from her past, reveals potential ties to her. Downstairs, Beryl's decision to take a stand causes serious disturbances to the running of the house. This causes much concern for Lady Agnes until A visit with a trusted advisor offers reassurance and comfort. Meanwhile, a crisis is playing out at 165 Eaton Place as Lady Persie and Sir Hallam clash and share an explosive secret. The battle rages between these two strong wills and life changing decisions must be made.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst

1217 :42x27 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (4) All The Things You Are

Oct/28/2012
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Harry is determined to impress Beryl, so he signs up for the local boxing championships. Unfortunately, he is told that he too old to participate, so he recruits Johnny in an effort to keep alive his dream of winning Beryl's affection. However, Johnny soon receives his call up letter, and Harry becomes determined to help prepare Johnny for war by teaching him necessary survival skills.

Upstairs, the distance between Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam widens, and Lady Agnes finds herself drawn to Caspar Landry, with whom she shares a deep connection. Meanwhile, Sir Hallam is distracted by the looming war and his growing desire for another woman. It's not long until a very public and explosive confrontation ensues when Hallam gets a reminder of Agnes' independence. Soon, Sir Hallam finds that he must make a decision that will change his life forever.

Meanwhile, racial discrimination plays a role in the deterioration of the once blossoming friendship between Mr. Amanjit and Mrs. Fuller.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst

1218 :42x28 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (5) The Last Waltz

Nov/04/2012
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A surprising courtship ensues when Mr. Pritchard, invited to serve as the Servants Representative for the upcoming Lady Malcom's Ball, meets Miss Whisset.

Upstairs, with the cracks in the Holland's marriage deepening, Lady Agnes decides to take some time away from 165 Eaton Place. Sir Hallam's life is thrown into turmoil with his wife's absence and he becomes increasingly reckless. His behavior becomes more and more evident to those around him, and when confronted with this reality, Sir Hallam begins to question whether his actions have had even more sinister consequences.

Meanwhile, Beryl and Harry's relationship flourishes. They plan to start an exciting new life together until Harry's past causes Beryl to reconsider their future - and causes Harry to resort to desperate measures.

As war looms ever closer, the preparations have the feeling of being real this time, but the prospect of violence in the world is overshadowed by the betrayal and conniving at 165 Eaton Place.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst

1219 :42x29 - Upstairs Downstairs, II: (6) Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Nov/11/2012
Masterpiece Classic

War is inevitable, and so it seems is the realization that the secrets of 165 Eaton Place are about to come to light. Lady Agnes returns home determined to heal the rift in her marriage. She soon comes to understand that she doesn't know half of what has been happening in her household – upstairs or down. Sir Hallam is also intent on making amends and does all in his power to rectify his personal and professional mistakes.

Downstairs, Harry and Beryl face a ticking clock to get their affairs in order. Mr. Pritchard, after his behavior the previous evening, leaves Eaton Place in shame. Johnny is left to run the household, and soon, everything is thrown into chaos compelling Johnny to seek counsel from a familiar face from the past.

As war seems closer and closer, it is becoming painfully clear to the entire household that the clock can’t be turned back, and that the time has arrived for the greatest test in the history of 165 Eaton Place.
Guest Stars: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland | Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo | Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland | Blake Ritson as The Duke of Kent | Art Malik as Mr Amanjit Singh | Adrian Scarborough as Mr Warwick Pritchard | Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude | Anne Reid as Mrs Clarice Thackeray | Ami Metcalf as Eunice McCabe | Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard | Claire Foy as Lady Persephone Towyn | Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead | Ken Bones as Lord Halifax | Sarah Gordy as Pamela Holland | Michael Landes as Caspar Landry | Jemma Churchill as Nanny Lyons | Lucy Cohu as Mrs Sylvia Fuller | Jean Marsh as Mrs Rose Buck | Peter Stark as Friedrich Erlichman | Sarah Lancashire as Miss Whisset
Director: Marc Jobst
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Classification: Scripted
Genre: | Drama
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: January 10, 1971
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