Award–winning producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals
the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit
For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton
has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest-running weekly
prime-time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs,
Downstairs and The Buccaneers to the hugely popular Inspector
Morse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre and
its sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans of
Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers,
and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes about her decades-long
career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford
and the multiple, highly rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well
as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and
online streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and other
luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict
Cumberbatch, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first television role was as the title
character in David Copperfield.
Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personal
level. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth-century
novels and culture, and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton was
practically born to lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises.
Making Masterpiece marks the first time the driving force behind the
enduring flagship show reveals all.
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