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Making masterpiece : 25 years behind the scenes at Masterpiece and Mystery! on PBS

Author: Rebecca Eaton; Patricia Mulcahy; Kenneth Branagh
Publisher: New York : Vikingt, 2013. ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit programs For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, the longest running weekly prime time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs, Downstairs and The Buccaneers, to the hugely popular
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Memoirs
Named Person: Rebecca Eaton; Rebecca Eaton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Eaton; Patricia Mulcahy; Kenneth Branagh
ISBN: 9780670015351 0670015350
OCLC Number: 1014396228
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Contents: Letters from Main --
The curtain rises --
Upstairs, Downstairs take one --
Apprenticeship --
The learning curve --
Mastering Masterpiece Theatre --
The balancing act --
A changing of the guard --
Pitching the pitchers --
Dark days --
Made in America --
Dusting off the jewel --
But what does an executive producer do all day? --
The road to Downton Abbey --
Downton Abbey --
The Downton effect.
Other Titles: 25 years behind the scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS
Responsibility: Rebecca Eaton with Patricia Mulcahy ; preface by Kenneth Branagh.
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"The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit programs For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, the longest running weekly prime time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs, Downstairs and The Buccaneers, to the hugely popular Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre and its sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans of quality drama. Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes-including photos taken with her own camera-about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the multiple, highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen's novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and online streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and other luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield. Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personal level. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture, and an "accidental apprenticeship" with the BBC, Eaton was practically born to lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises. Making Masterpiece marks the first time the driving force behind the enduring flagship show reveals all"--

"For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, the longest running weekly prime time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs, Downstairs and The Buccaneers, to the hugely popular Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre and its sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans of quality drama. Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes--including photos taken with her own camera--about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the multiple, highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen's novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and online streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and other luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield"--

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