Downton Abbey

When Rebecca Eaton became the producer of Masterpiece Theatre in 1985, she hadn’t actually seen many of the episodes. Nor did she even like mystery novels, though she would be required to choose stories for Mystery!

But the lifelong Anglophile seized her chance to make a mark in the budding public television system. Twenty-eight years later, as she retells in her book Making Masterpiece, Masterpiece is one of television’s hottest shows, and Eaton is responsible for its triumphant transition from the “quill-pen” era into the digital age.

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  Much to the delight of fans, Season 4 of Downton Abbey is now airing Sunday nights on PBS. Jessica Fellowes, author of two companion books about the much-loved programs, will be at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 2:00 PM Saturday to sign books and give a behind-the-scenes look at the series.

Fans of Downton Abbey will want to tune in for Barbara Gray’s interview with Lady Fiona Carnarvon, resident of the majestic Highclere Castle, and author of Lady Catherine, The Earl, and the Real Downton Abbbey. This is her follow-up to her New York Times bestselling first book, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. The much anticipated fourth season of Downton Abbey premieres on PBS stations on January 5.