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.


Endeavour Writer Russell Lewis Already Knows Who Dies Next  

Warning: This episode contains Endeavour Spoilers A string of mysterious and seemingly unconnected Oxford murders greets Detective Constable Morse Endeavour in a brand new season of Endeavour. Lead series writer Russell Lewis wakes up every day wondering, “Who am I going to kill today?’ — and he tells us what, and who, to watch for in the upcoming fourth season.

Writer Daisy Coulam Unpacks An Emotional Season Of Grantchester  

Warning: This episode contains Grantchester spoilers. Another season of Grantchester is done and dusted, and lead writer Daisy Coulam has a few thoughts about the emotional journey she took us all on these past seven weeks. She talks love, duty, personal faith and her favorite scenes of the season that was.

Tessa Peake-Jones Is A Smiler; Mrs. Maguire Is Not  

Warning: This episode contains Grantchester spoilers. Iconic British actor Tessa Peake-Jones describes herself as a rather happy woman, but her Mrs. Maguire on Grantchester is anything but. She explains how she found her character, how she “listen acts” and what her former acting mentee, Al Weaver is really like on set.

Al Weaver’s Leonard Finch Is Still Learning To Love Himself  

Warning: This episode contains Grantchester spoilers. Actor Al Weaver, who plays church curate Leonard Finch in Grantchester, began his time on the series with a rather unfortunate mustache. He tells us about his character’s journey from mustache to near-marriage and beyond, and gives some behind-the-scenes flavor of his funny, friendly relationship with his co-stars.

Bonus: Stefanie Martini Looks Back, And Ahead  

Warning: This episode contains Prime Suspect: Tennison spoilers. The Prime Suspect: Tennison season is over, but Jane Tennison’s journey to Detective Chief Inspector is just beginning. Actor Stefanie Martini reflects on the explosive season finale, the young Jane’s first big case, and the steps that still remain in the WPC’s fledgling career in the Metropolitan Police.

Sam Reid Shows Jane Tennison A Glimpse Of Her Future Self  

Warning: This episode contains Prime Suspect: Tennison spoilers. Actor Sam Reid plays the grizzled Detective Inspector Len Bradfield, an early mentor for a young Jane Tennison in the new prequel series, Prime Suspect: Tennison. Bradfield is a role all its own — but Reid told us he couldn’t help but sneak a few of the original Jane Tennison’s quirks into his new character as a roadmap for where the future Prime Suspect legend would end up .

Stefanie Martini: A New Kind Of Jane Tennison  

Warning: This episode contains Prime Suspect: Tennison spoilers. The original Prime Suspect brought powerhouse Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison to our screens for seven seasons. But Tennison didn’t start at the top. Actor Stefanie Martini -- who plays a younger version of the iconic character in the new prequel series, Prime Suspect: Tennison -- reveals how she found her own unique angle on Tennison.

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."

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