Masterpiece Studio

Masterpiece Studio

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Masterpiece Studio is your backstage pass to the PBS series—from Downton Abbey to Sherlock. After the show, turn off the TV and tune in to Masterpiece Studio for the inside scoop with host Jace Lacob. Listen for exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of your favorite shows. Get the history lowdown behind the people and places you see on screen, and hear revealing stories from the set. Masterpiece Studio is made possible by Audible. Sponsors for Masterpiece on PBS are Viking River Cruises, Audible and The Masterpiece Trust.


Aidan Turner Opens Up About Ross's Flaws  

Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, finale spoilers! Even though actor Aidan Turner understands Ross Poldark's motivations more than most, he can admit that Ross was "a mess" this season. In this episode, Aidan Turner joins us to reflect on Ross's missteps, the fiery finale, and why he still believes that Ross and Demelza are "soulmates."

Elizabeth Poldark — No Regrets  

Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, Episode 8 spoilers! Actor Heida Reed is nothing like the character she plays on MASTERPIECE. In fact, she describes herself as, "actually the opposite;" she's impulsive and she "doesn't have a filter." So what has it been like for her to play the buttoned-up (and hate-able) Elizabeth Poldark? We turn to Heida to find out.

Bonus: Team Demelza  

Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, Episode 7 spoilers! Eleanor Tomlinson -- who plays Demelza Poldark -- comments on recent events as shocking as a slap in the face.

Dr. Dwight's Forbidden Love  

Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, Episode 6 spoilers! Dr. Dwight Enys knows how to extract fish bones from throats, cure scurvy, and fix locked knees, but for all of his knowledge about the human body, he really struggles when it comes to matters of the heart. Actor Luke Norris joins us in the aftermath of the latest love drama to comment on whether or not things will ever come around for the good doctor.

Kyle Soller on Francis's Fate  

Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, Episode 4 spoilers! Francis Poldark might be the unluckiest character to appear on MASTERPIECE since Lady Edith Crawley, but whereas Downton's Lady Edith got a happy ending, Francis Poldark did not. In this episode, actor Kyle Soller talks about Francis's unhappy ending and looks back on some of his favorite scenes from the past two seasons.

Talking with Poldark's Villain, George Warleggan  

(Warning: This show contains “Poldark” Season 2, Episode 2 spoilers!) With all of George Warleggan's antics this season and last, it's hard to see him as anything other than Cornwall's resident villain...or is it? In this episode, actor Jack Farthing gives us a different take on the Poldark character.

Eleanor Tomlinson Dishes on Demelza  

Warning: This show contains spoilers from the Poldark, Season 2 premiere! In the wake of Poldark's tense, Season 2 premiere, Eleanor Tomlinson sits down with us to talk about playing the fiery Demelza Poldark and Demelza and Ross's future together: the good, the bad, and the baby.

Aidan Turner's Ready for Poldark, Season 2. Are you?  

Season 2 of Poldark is just around the corner! So what's in store for Ross, Demelza, and the rest of the Cornwall crew? On this episode, Aidan Turner looks back on Season 1 -- including Ross's shirtless scything scene -- and shares a few Season 2 secrets with us to get us ready to watch the premiere.

Churchill's Secret Uncovered  

Actors Sir Michael Gambon and Romola Garai -- who play Winston Churchill and Millie Appleyard in the film Churchill's Secret -- have a relationship as lighthearted on-screen as they do off. Here, the two come together in this exclusive interview to talk about the film, Albus Dumbledore, and the necessity of secret keeping. Also hear from the film's director, Charles Sturridge, on bringing this remarkable and true story to life.

Is This the End of Lewis? Kevin Whately Speaks  

Though this is not the first time that we've said "goodbye" to Inspector Robbie Lewis, actor Kevin Whately insists that, this time, the beloved character is leaving the screen for good. But before we say our final farewells, Kevin Whately joins us to look back on his incredible 30 year career as Robbie Lewis -- the once "second banana" turned leading detective and star.

20 Years On, Clare Holman Still Delivers Sass and Science  

Clare Holman's 20-year run as pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson is coming to a close. But before it does, Clare joins us to reminisce about her time on Morse and Inspector Lewis and to tease the explosive series finale.

Bonus: On the Brink of Death  

Roger Allam returns to the podcast to take us behind the scenes of the wild Endeavour season finale -- from the bullet-spitting scene to Thursday and Matthew's standoff.

Shaun Evans is His Own Endeavour Morse  

Although young D.C. Morse is not the first version of the iconic detective to grace the screen, in the aftermath of one of the most intense episodes of Endeavour to date, it's clear that Shaun Evans' take on the famous character is a memorable one all the same. Five years after agreeing to play the part of the young Endeavour Morse, Shaun Evans reveals what it was that attracted him to the role, explains how Endeavour is like Sex and the City, and answers our most burning questions about the third season finale.

Is Anton Lesser the "Kiss of Death?"  

These days, Anton Lesser is most recognized for playing two very different characters: Endeavour's Chief Superintendent Bright and Game of Thrones' Qyburn. Now, in the aftermath of his standout performance in Endeavour's "Prey," the seasoned British actor talks with us about his roles both past and present, heroic and murderous.

Endeavour: New Case, New Character  

DC Morse and the Oxford City Police are back to business as they investigate a whole new spate of crimes: poisonings, kidnappings, and explosions. But beyond being chock-full of crime-drama goodness, this season's second episode also introduces us to a new character and the show's first female police officer, WPC Shirley Trewlove. WPC Trewlove joins the Endeavour cast just as actor Daktoa Blue Richards joins us here to talk about her character's "morbid fascination" with Oxford's dark side, and to tease her future on the Cowley team.

Thursday and Morse, Back on the Beat  

After being shot at the end of season 2 of Endeavour, Inspector Fred Thursday is back on the beat with a hole in his lung and a lot on his plate. He has to deal with a fairground murder and a suspected drug overdose, but his biggest challenge: convincing Morse to rejoin the force. In this episode, we talk to Roger Allam about the third season premiere, playing Inspector Fred Thursday, and his other acting endeavors.

Inspector Morse's Legacy Lives On  

Back in 1987, actor John Thaw brought the endearingly cantankerous Inspector Morse to life on screen for the first time. Now, nearly 30 years later, John Thaw's daughter helps to keep that legacy alive. This is the story of how Abigail Thaw came to play Dorothea Frazil in the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour, just in time for Endeavour's third season premiere.

Julian Fellowes Remembers Downton Abbey  

Do you miss Downton Abbey? Well we do and we're bringing back our conversation with Julian Fellowes -- creator, sole writer and executive producer of the show -- to revel in Downton's final season and 6 years of Downton magic one more time. We released this interview previously -- in two different places on the podcast -- but now you can hear it all in one place.

Directing Wallander: "The Biggest Challenge of My Career"  

From dealing with big cats and non-stop rain to guiding Kenneth Branagh's last performance as Kurt Wallander, Benjamin Caron describes all of the challenges that came with directing Wallander's final season.

Kenneth Branagh's Last Day as Kurt Wallander  

The series finale of Wallander had a lot of heart; it gave us a heartbreaking diagnosis, a heart-pounding case, and to top it off, a heart-filled performance from the great Sir Kenneth Branagh. Now, appearing for one last time on the podcast, Kenneth Branagh discusses the most memorable moments from the final episode -- including the questionably happy ending -- and his last days as the brooding detective.

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