Masterpiece Studio

Masterpiece Studio

United States

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.

Episodes

Writer Daisy Coulam Finds Humor in Grantchester's New Season  

Warning: This show contains Grantchester spoilers. The comic and dramatic collide in full force in the picture book village of Grantchester, perhaps in this upcoming third season more than ever. Most of that mood comes from lead writer Daisy Coulam, who joins MASTERPIECE Studio to unpack her writing method, the show’s distinctive moral messaging and the secrets of the season yet to come.

Joanne Froggatt Reveals a Darker Side  

Warning: This show contains “Dark Angel” spoilers. Fans of “Downton Abbey’s” Anna Bates were likely spooked by Joanne Froggatt’s character in “Dark Angel”: the manipulative real-life serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. In this episode, MASTERPIECE Studio dissects Mary Ann’s motives, and pulls back the curtain on Joanne Froggatt’s darkest role to date.

Bonus: Mike Bartlett Rewrites (Future) History  

Warning: This show contains “King Charles III” spoilers.    In 2012, playwright Mike Bartlett had a revolutionary idea: a Shakespearean drama about a king who had not yet ruled, King Charles III. But the road from first draft to Tony nomination was anything but easy. In this episode, Mike Bartlett joins host Jace Lacob to go behind-the-scenes of his controversial work.

Tim Pigott-Smith & Charlotte Riley Get the Royal Treatment  

Warning: This show contains “King Charles III” spoilers. Mike Bartlett’s Tony-nominated play “King Charles III” imagines the contentious ascension of Prince Charles to the throne. The new monarch’s refusal to play by the rules turns nearly everyone against him—from the members of Parliament to his daughter-in-law, Kate. In the wake of the television adaption, the late actor Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles) and Charlotte Riley (Kate) explore playing the real-life royals, the ghost of Princess Diana, and “rebranding” the British monarchy.

Getting Inside the Mind of Emily Brontë  

Warning: This show contains "To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters" spoilers. Emily Brontë—of “Wuthering Heights” and Brontë family fame—looms large over English literature and high school lectures alike, yet so little about her is actually known. How did actor Chloe Pirrie bring this almost mythological writer to life? We spoke with Chloe about getting inside the mind of Emily Brontë and all of the wacky things that she discovered along the way.

Jenna Coleman & Tom Hughes Relive Their On-Screen Romance  

Warning: This show contains "Victoria" Season 1 finale spoilers. In the aftermath of a season finale that tested the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, we’re talking to “Victoria” stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes about what it is like to play a royal couple whose love story is – quite literally – one for the history books.

Writer Daisy Goodwin Brings Victoria to Life  

Warning: This show contains "Victoria" Season 1, Episode 5 spoilers. What does it take to write a television series? In Daisy Goodwin’s case, it took a fight, 30 years of research experience, and a lot of heart. This is the story of how Daisy Goodwin came to write "Victoria," and how she brought 19th-century characters to life on screen.

Rufus Sewell on Lord Melbourne’s Appeal  

Warning: The show contains "Victoria" Season 1, Episode 3 spoilers. Although many people have been rooting for Lord Melbourne and Victoria to end up together, history decided a different fate for the pair. Rufus Sewell, the actor who plays Lord M, joins us to reveal his own “mixed feelings” about being replaced by actor Tom Hughes and his character, Prince Albert, and weighs in on audiences’ reactions to Lord Melbourne.

Jenna Coleman Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Victoria  

Warning: The show contains "Victoria" Season 1, Episode 1 spoilers. Though MASTERPIECE's new period drama, "Victoria," is based on actual, 19th century history, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Did Victoria and Lord Melbourne actually have a "special relationship"? And what was Queen Victoria's coronation really like? Actor Jenna Coleman and "Victoria" writer Daisy Goodwin join us to answer these questions surrounding the series premiere and more.

Martin Freeman on John and Sherlock's Complicated Relationship  

Warning: This show contains “Sherlock” Season 4, Episode 2 spoilers. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes have been through some rough patches before, but never one quite like this. In the wake of an episode that tests both their relationship, and their sanity, Martin Freeman joins us to look back at John and Sherlock’s unlikely friendship, and teases their uncertain future.

Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington Weighs in on the Premiere  

Warning: This show contains “Sherlock” Season 4, Episode 1 spoilers. “Sherlock’s” Amanda Abbington weighs in on the premiere, and on playing the divisive Mary Watson.

Sherlock's Louise Brealey on Molly, Dogs, and Season 4  

"Sherlock’s" Molly Hooper has gone from being somewhat of a joke to a fan favorite. She has gotten to slap and kiss Sherlock Holmes; we’ve even seen her portrayed as a mustachioed, Victorian doctor in “The Abominable Bride.” So, how will Molly Hooper surprise us next? Actor Louise Brealey discusses her quirky character and teases Season 4 just in time for the January 1st "Sherlock" premiere.

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.

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