Making Masterpiece

Making Masterpiece

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The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBSa€™s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit programs For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBSa€™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 quality drama. Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotesa€”including photos taken with her own cameraa€”about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the multiple, highly-rated programs made from Jane Austena€™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 TV 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 a€œaccidental apprenticeshipa€ 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.Since her 2006 Oscar for The Queen, Helen has moved on to the promised land of movies and does very little television ... We called them a€œPS1, PS2, PS3, a€ and so on. She called them a€œPMS1, PMS2, a€ etc. As I sit here revisiting my close call with Prime Suspecta€”how I was so certain our audience wouldna#39;t go for ... It took an hour and several hotel employees, but eventually I sat down to watch the tape.

Title:Making Masterpiece
Author:Rebecca Eaton
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-10-29


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