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MASTERPIECE Studio is your backstage pass to the PBS series—from Sherlock to Poldark. After the show, turn off the TV and tune in to MASTERPIECE Studio for the 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 Viking Cruises and Raymond James. Sponsors for MASTERPIECE on PBS are Viking Cruises, Raymond James, and The MASTERPIECE Trust.

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MASTERPIECE Studio is your backstage pass to the PBS series—from Sherlock to Poldark. After the show, turn off the TV and tune in to MASTERPIECE Studio for the 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 Viking Cruises and Raymond James. Sponsors for MASTERPIECE on PBS are Viking Cruises, Raymond James, and The MASTERPIECE Trust.

    Making MASTERPIECE, Episode Two: Minorpiece Theatre

    Making MASTERPIECE, Episode Two: Minorpiece Theatre

    Masterpiece Theatre enters its third decade and settles in under its third executive producer, Rebecca Eaton, as new challenges pop up to make the Boston-based anthology series' life a touch more difficult. Cable TV competition, shifting public taste and limited funding lead Eaton and her team to make dramatic changes at the dawn of the new century. Fortunately for public TV viewers, those changes come just in time to scoop up some unlikely new hits — from Middlemarch and The Buccaneers to Prime Suspect and beyond, including a certain family drama set in a fancy Yorkshire estate...

    In this second episode of Making MASTERPIECE, hear from Rufus Sewell, Laura Linney, Alan Cumming, Andrew Davies, Charles Dance and many more. See our website, pbs.org/makingmasterpiece, for a full transcript with links.

    • 50 min
    Making MASTERPIECE, Episode One: The Beginning

    Making MASTERPIECE, Episode One: The Beginning

    Five decades is a long time for any television series to air, but when a show hits 50, it's possible some people might start asking questions about where it all started. That's where this podcast comes in. Fifty years ago, a group of public television producers in Boston had the inspired idea to import British costume drama for American audiences. But they didn't come up with the idea on their own — there's a former FCC Chair, a popular soap opera, and a Polaroid exec with Julia Child's The French Chef on his mind involved, too. For three episodes, Making MASTERPIECE will show how the most unexpected and unlikely of series — Masterpiece Theatre — grew into one of the longest-running primetime television icons of all time. What are its origins? What actors, writers, and executives shaped its trajectory? How has it overcome numerous challenges? And what does it have in store for its future, 50 years on?

    In this first episode, that origin story, featuring interviews with the series’ original executive producer, Sir Derek Jacobi, Glenda Jackson, former FCC Chairman Newton Minow and dozens more besides. See our website, pbs.org/makingmasterpiece, for a full transcript with links.

    • 55 min
    Bonus: Nicholas Ralph Previews Season Two

    Bonus: Nicholas Ralph Previews Season Two

    Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Seven of the First Season of All Creatures Great and Small.

    Now that the first season of All Creatures Great and Small has come to a close, what should viewers expect in the already-confirmed second season? Series star Nicholas Ralph returns to the podcast for a quick look back on season one, and an exclusive preview of the season rapidly on the way!

    • 21 min
    Rachel Shenton Wants Helen To Have A Chance For Fun In Season Two

    Rachel Shenton Wants Helen To Have A Chance For Fun In Season Two

    Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Seven of the First Season of All Creatures Great and Small.

    Helen Alderson takes care of almost everyone in the farming village of Darrowby — but actor Rachel Shenton thinks the confirmed second season of All Creatures Great and Small should give Helen some time for herself. Shenton defends her character's choices and praises her costumes in a new interview.

    • 32 min
    Tamara Lawrance Shines In Powerful 'Long Song' Lead Role

    Tamara Lawrance Shines In Powerful 'Long Song' Lead Role

    Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Three of The Long Song.

    The story of Miss July is ultimately a story of strength and perseverance following years of trauma and pain. Lead actor Tamara Lawrance brings strength to her portrayal of July, who goes from slave to memoirist in colonial British Jamaica. Lawrance reflects on the role, and the hope of The Long Song, in a new interview.

    • 31 min
    Eliza Scarlet — And Kate Phillips — Is Always In Full Control Of The Scene

    Eliza Scarlet — And Kate Phillips — Is Always In Full Control Of The Scene

    Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Five of the First Season of Miss Scarlet and the Duke.

    A female private detective in Victorian London seems anachronistic — but Eliza Scarlet more than holds her own on the grimy streets of the British capitol. Kate Phillips is a witty delight in the title role, and she brings that zest to the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
868 Ratings

868 Ratings

Mackypooh ,

Long Song Not Given Masterpiece Full Rollout

There’s a lot to unpack in Long Song and some feels like ambivalence on part of Masterpiece compared to All Creatures and even the Miss Scarlet both playing same time. Those are Masterpiece de rigeur and All Creatures beauty and acting is an easy A. But Long Song is tremendous! If a bit threatening to the Masterpiece stalwarts like Victoria whose policies we see in action...and the beginning in which the narrator takes a delicious and gentle hit at heroines in other dramas...”this is not that story...”

The interview w Tamara Lawrence where Jace Lacob calls Miss July an unreliable narrator is an example. Miss July is sarcastic and plays w a touch of surrealism, not unlike trickster techniques in indigenous literature by Gerald Vizenor or even the idea of Jazz interpretations of musical traditions. But she doesn’t lie and not unreliable at all—-rather honestly reflecting intense trauma and remaining a storyteller not a therapy session. These innovations are ways to subvert form while showing a mastery of it, in the same way oppressed cultures are submerged by power but then come up w innovations and resistance and new forms of art with humor. Alive voices.

I say all this because I think Masterpiece, hilarious name in this context, is so steeped in one form of classics and training. And needs to read outside the box a bit more. Literary without a doubt but unsure when engaging other equally superb forms. Keep playing Masterpiece, so many forms of literature are pieces of excellence and don’t be afraid to learn especially when you get references, allusions, tools and techniques from outside English and French aristocracy. Jane Austen would encourage this! And don’t just tell One Black story in February. Keep going. There are a lot of incredible excellent stories out there. See Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo and The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich. Best!

toribedford ,

Excellent and SO interesting!

Such a great deep dive into a fascinating story!

lakeshopping ,

Q & A, not an interview

I enjoy the Masterpiece but this podcast doesn’t do justice to the quality of the shows. The interviewer sounds like he has a prewritten list of questions, and throws those questions one by one to his guest. There is no follow up questions nor spontaneity. I enjoy when the guest starts to talk about his/her different projects, interests, or experiences. I hope the interviewer will show more interest to the guest rather than the plots and storylines.

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