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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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Debbie Horsfield And Robin Ellis Say Goodbye To Poldark

For Poldark creator, writer and executive producer Debbie Horsfield, there was never any question as to whether or not the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis, would come back for the series finale of her adaptation of Winston Graham's novels. Horsfield and Ellis both say goodbye to Ross and company in a final podcast episode.

Nov 18, 2019
Kerri McLean Knew Kitty Despard's True Story Couldn't Be Ignored

Catherine Despard was a real-life abolitionist and activist whose story is often ignored in the history books. That sense of responsibility gave actor Kerri McLean a real motivation in her performance as Kitty in this final season of Poldark.

Nov 11, 2019
The Durrells Say Goodbye To Corfu

After four years and four seasons of television, Louisa, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry Durrell are leaving Corfu. It's a departure that's true to life, like much of the sunny series, and actors Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone and Milo Parker join The Durrells in Corfu creator Simon Nye to reflect on the fantastic family at the heart of it all.

Nov 04, 2019
Harry Richardson's Drake Carne Is Cornwall's Resident Labrador Puppy

During his time living with his sister, Demelza and his brother-in-law, Ross, Drake Carne has come close to death many times. After years of struggle and strife, however, things finally seem to be looking up for the earnest blacksmith. Actor Harry Richardson sees his constantly optimistic character as most similar to a well-meaning, but utterly inept labrador puppy. He defends his quasi-canine counterpart in a new interview.

Oct 28, 2019
Beatie Edney Remains The One True Queen Of Nampara

Prudie Paynter might be the world's most ineffective housemaid, but she's a loyal friend and a true source of humor, both on screen and off. Actor Beatie Edney has made a name for herself on the Poldark set as one to drive her fellow castmates into laughter mid-scene. Edney might pretend to be serious, but her interview proves she can make anybody laugh.

Oct 21, 2019
Jack Farthing Finds Nuance In Sir George's Grief

Jack Farthing's Sir George Warleggan is the obvious villain in Poldark, and he brings his share of villainy to this final season of the series. But for Farthing, Sir George's complicated response to personal trauma has lent his portrayal a surprising human layer that the actor reveals in a new interview.

Oct 14, 2019
A Ghostly Heida Reed Floats Back To Cornwall

Actor Heida Reed played Elizabeth in the first four seasons of Poldark, but her character's early death in childbirth was a tragic ending to the fourth season. So her spectral appearance in Sir George Warleggan’s grief-stricken mind this season was a welcome surprise for Elizabeth's fans. Reed joins the podcast to discuss how it felt to return to set as an idealized and imaginary Elizabeth.

Oct 07, 2019
Writer Simon Nye And The Durrells Get One More Round In Corfu

Simon Nye, the creator and head writer of The Durrells In Corfu, doesn’t see Gerald Durrell’s books as necessarily sacrosanct, but his fictionalized family is awfully similar to the Durrells’ actual four years in Greece. Now, as the fourth and final season begins, Nye joins us for a conversation exploring the family’s journey from page to screen, with a special preview of what remains for everyone’s favorite Bournemouth Britons in sunny exile overseas.

Sep 30, 2019
Debbie Horsfield Covers New Ground In Poldark's Final Season

For the last five years, every season of Poldark has adapted at least one of Winston Graham's original novels. For the fifth and final season, however, series creator and head writer Debbie Horsfield was forced to fill in a gap of 11 years between Graham's book, The Angry Tide, and the next novel,' The Stranger from the Sea. It's a challenge she took to, and she explains what she learned in creating this season's plot in a new interview here.

Sep 30, 2019
New MASTERPIECE Podcast: Mining Poldark!

On this very first episode of Poldark, we meet all the key characters who will come to shape the series — Ross, Demelza, Elizabeth, Francis, Verity, Aunt Agatha, George, Prudie. We also meet our Mining Poldark podcast hosts — Robin Ellis, who the original Ross Poldark in the 1970s adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels, and Barrett Brountas, a MASTERPIECE staffer and Poldark superfan. Come along on our journey as we explore the entire scope of this beloved series, episode by episode!

The full first season drops August 26, so be sure and subscribe to Mining Poldark wherever you find your podcasts so you don’t miss an episode!

Aug 21, 2019
Al Weaver And Tessa Peake-Jones Remain Friends, On And Off Set

When Grantchester star Al Weaver was in drama school, his future Grantchester co-star, Tessa Peake-Jones, was his designated mentor. On screen this season, Weaver and Peake-Jones had a falling out, with their characters, Leonard and Mrs. C, nearly splitting after Leonard's relationship with Daniel came to light. But in a new joint interview, the actors reveal that the hardest part of their fictional fight was not having scenes together.

Aug 12, 2019
Kacey Ainsworth's Cathy Keating Makes Her Own Way In Grantchester

Detective Geordie Keating’s put-upon wife, Cathy, has faced marital betrayal, a growing family and a murder-obsessed husband with quiet grace, but this season in Grantchester, Cathy has her own career to worry about. Actor Kacey Ainsworth talks about working with Robson Green, the pleasures of a lived-in fictional marriage and how Cathy will deal with her ongoing workplace harassment in the upcoming season four finale.

Aug 05, 2019
Tom Brittney Is More Than Just Another Dashing Vicar

The heavy burden of replacing Grantchester lead James Norton in the village vicar’s pulpit falls to none other than Tom Brittney, and it’s a role he’s thrilled to take up. With a warm welcome from fans and the on-set Grantchester family alike, Brittney reveals how it felt to motorcycle in to the sleepy village, and previews what secrets await viewers for the rest of this season.

Jul 29, 2019
Robson Green Reminds Us That Geordie’s Not Going Anywhere

With the recent departure of his friend and castmate, James Norton, from the fields and dells of Grantchester, Robson Green is quick to reassure fans of his series that his character isn’t going anywhere just yet. As the fourth season continues along, Green describes what it meant to say goodbye to Norton, what new changes await his Geordie Keating beyond a new parish priest, and how it felt to team up with Al Weaver’s Leonard Finch on a confusing murder investigation.

Jul 22, 2019
Daisy Coulam Previews A Season Of Change In Grantchester

After a two-year gap, the crime-solving Rev. Sidney Chambers of *Grantchester *is back on the case — only to leave the village in pursuit of love and social justice abroad. We speak to series creator, head writer and executive producer Daisy Coulam about James Norton's final day on set, Robson Green's tearful goodbye to his on-screen partner and how it felt to write in Tom Brittney's new main character, the Rev. Will Davenport. Coulam also gives a preview of the mysteries still to come on this upcoming fourth season.

Jul 15, 2019
Shaun Evans Remains The Vital Heart Of Endeavour Morse’s Oxford

In this sixth season of Endeavour, series lead Shaun Evans slips behind the camera for a change in a dramatic second episode. It’s a move that Evans found easy — and one he hopes to have the opportunity to continue elsewhere in his career. He explains how he did it — and how his Endeavour Morse continues to crack complicated cases — in our new interview.

Jun 24, 2019
Coming Soon From MASTERPIECE: Mining Poldark

You already know the story…boy meets girl, pride meets prejudice, all in a beautiful wrapper: the dramatic Cornish cliffs and dazzling sea. And as we get ready for the final season of Poldark, we here at MASTERPIECE are starting a new podcast we’re calling Mining Poldark, so you can relive the romance, the adventure and the exploits of our flawed hero all over again.

Hear co-hosts Barrett Brountas and Robin Ellis — the original Ross Poldark from the 1970s adaptation of Winston Graham’s classic novels — preview the new podcast. Full episodes launching soon — subscribe now!

You can subscribe to Mining Poldark wherever you find your podcasts.

Jun 14, 2019
'Les Misérables' Comes To A Joyous Close

After six dramatic episodes and several decades of on-screen struggle, Andrew Davies' masterful new adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables has ended. In a special episode of MASTERPIECE Studio, we hear from Davies and series stars Dominic West and David Oyelowo about how it felt to bring the story of Jean Valjean and Javert to a close.

May 20, 2019
Alex Jennings Remembers A Role He'd Rather Forget

Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen the third season finale of Unforgotten, don't listen to this podcast.

Alex Jennings is already a MASTERPIECE regular, with his role as the suave King Leopold in three seasons of Victoria. He's become known for his ability to fully inhabit royal personas, like as the Duke of Windsor in Netflix's The Crown. As Dr. Tim Finch in the third season of Unforgotten, however, Jennings got to create an entirely fictional character. But Dr. Finch wasn’t exactly the easiest of characters to play. 

May 13, 2019
Andrew Davies Preps For The End Of One Series And The Beginning Of Another

Screenwriter Andrew Davies has been a true master of modern television adaptations, brining such iconic works as Middlemarch and Little Dorit to the MASTERPIECE screen for decades. Now, as he looks ahead to the end of his critically-acclaimed recent adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Davies also previews his charming new adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, Sanditon, set to appear on MASTERPIECE in 2020.

May 06, 2019
Lily Collins Is An Utterly Captivating Fantine

Actor Lily Collins tried her best to not lose herself in the devastating role of* Les Misérables*' Fantine. Collins explains how she stayed grounded on set, where she found inspiration for her iconic tragic heroine and why her onscreen injury was all-too painfully real.

Apr 29, 2019
David Oyelowo's Javert Is A Man Who Never Forgives

In Victor Hugo's landmark epic, Les Miserables, the Inspector Javert is a hard, cold man with a unflinching pursuit of his own personal justice. But in the critically-acclaimed new MASTERPIECE adaptation of the novel, actor and series executive producer David Oyelowo brings a subtle, sophisticated nuance to his performance, adding layers of context to this memorable villain. He joins the podcast for a preview of the villainy still to come in this this critically acclaimed series.

Apr 22, 2019
Just Like Jean Valjean, Dominic West Is Done Being A Bad Guy

After a career of playing notable villains,  actor Dominic West says he’s ready to turn a new leaf. So his role as the tortured thief, Jean Valjean, in the new MASTERPIECE production of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, is a helpful bridge to be a better man on screen. In an interview, he talks about what it means to play Valjean, how his character seeks personal redemption and what the rest of the series has in store for the repentant former prisoner 24601.

Apr 15, 2019
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction In Anna Symon’s Lightly Fictionalized ‘Mrs. Wilson’

The story of Alison Wilson’s relationship with British spy novelist and actual spy, Alexander Wilson, almost seems too wild for reality and too bizarre for the author’s own fiction. But the history, beautifully brought to life by Wilson’s granddaughter, Ruth Wilson, was real. It’s a genre-busting journey where series writer Anna Symon always sought to highlight the power of family joy in this rather dark true tale.

Apr 10, 2019
‘Unforgotten’ Creator Chris Lang Obsesses Over Small Details That Add Up To A Terrible Crime

When writer Chris Lang created the MASTERPIECE Mystery! series *Unforgotten, *he looked to capture the very ordinary extraordinariness of a modern police force. With a new season on the way, Lang explains what viewers should watch out for as Cassie and Sunny unearth another unidentified body beneath a London roadway construction site.

Apr 08, 2019
Ruth Wilson Plays Her Own Grandmother In A Searing 'Mrs. Wilson'

When actor Ruth Wilson's grandmother, Alison, died, she left her family a surprisingly candid memoir about her relationship with her secret agent husband, the mystery author Alexander Wilson. The truths that Ruth and her extended family came to learn form the backbone of the new series, *Mrs. Wilson. *Ruth explores how it felt to play her own grandmother on screen, and what it means to be a tragedienne in film.

Apr 01, 2019
Jenna Coleman Reflects On A Truly Royal Season

Victoria star Jenna Coleman lead a smashing third season of the series, with her royal character growing in roles both maternal and majestic. As the season wraps up, Coleman explores how the young Queen struggles to keep control of her country and her growing family, and reflects on the highlights of a thrilling eight episodes.

Mar 04, 2019
Princess Feodora Could Have Been Queen, But Kate Fleetwood Already Reigns

The scheming Princess Feodora snuck into Buckingham Palace early in the third season of Victoria, surprising her half-sister, the Queen, and continuing to lurk in the background of the main royal drama. Actor Kate Fleetwood credits her just-so German accent for helping her sink into the role, but she also acknowledges she feels a certain kind of sympathy for the dastardly half-sister with few real friends. She talks Feo, Lady Macbeth and birthday cake in a new podcast episode.

Feb 25, 2019
King Leopold Completes A Royal Tour Of Duty For Alex Jennings

Actor Alex Jennings calls himself “a common boy from Essex,” but his career on stage and screen has included at least four different royal roles. Victoria’s scheming King Leopold offers new insight into his role on the series, where he looks for inspiration when playing real-life characters, and why he sees Leopold as both a kingmaker and a puppet master.

Feb 17, 2019
Laurence Fox Is A Devilishly Charming Lord Palmerston

Laurence Fox is well known to MASTERPIECE viewers after his eight seasons on the beloved series *Inspector Lewis*, so his appearance on Victoria as the devious UK Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, is a welcome return to the screen. Fox offers hints as to how he and actor Jordan Waller got up to mischief on set, as well as how the cane-twirling Lord Palmerston came to find himself with a cane in the series.

Feb 11, 2019
Nell Hudson’s Nancy Skerrett Is A Bombe Surprise

The irascible Nancy Skerrett snuck into her job as a dresser at Buckingham Palace under an assumed name, and came to win Queen Victoria’s heart in the past three seasons of the show. And as part of the audience-favorite couple, “Skerrettelli,” actor Nell Hudson has won viewers’ hearts as well. Hudson tells us why her Nancy Skerrett is an inspiration in her own daily life, and what she’s learned from playing so many period-drama
characters in her career.

Feb 04, 2019
Lady Emma Portman Keeps All The Queen’s Secrets (And So Does Anna Wilson-Jones)

From the very first episode of MASTERPIECE’s *Victoria, *Lady Emma Portman has been the center of royal intrigue, even if very little of the drama focuses on her. Lady Portman knows who loves who, who spurned who, and what Queen Victoria is really thinking as political favors wax and wane. Actor Anna Wilson-Jones relishes playing the dignified Emma, and has fun dishing the fictional royal gossip. Wilson-Jones charmingly reveals all that she knows on the podcast.

Jan 28, 2019
Ferdinand Kingsley Knows The Real Francatelli Is A Good Guy

Among the many fictional Buckingham Palace servants and staffers on MASTERPIECE's Victoria, Ferdinand Kingsley's Charles Elmé Francatelli is based on an actual royal chef and author. Kingsley's cook is a slight bit younger — and a bit more of a rogue — than the actual Francatelli, but he's convinced his on-screen romantic pursuits are setting the character straight. Kingsley explains here — and Victoria creator, head writer and executive producer Daisy Goodwin returns for another round of historical fact or fiction.

Jan 21, 2019
Daisy Goodwin Sketches Out Dramatic Tensions In 'Victoria,' Season Three

Victoria creator, head writer and executive producer Daisy Goodwin already knows the real history of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s lengthy reign on the throne. But it’s in the intimate perils of the day-to-day where her series finds its true highs and lows. Goodwin joins MASTERPIECE Studio with a special preview of the new third season, and offers some tantalizing hints on the historical drama on the horizon for the young Queen.

Jan 14, 2019
Bonus: Poldark Writer Debbie Horsfield Looks To Fifth And Final Season

Debbie Horsfield, the executive producer and sole writer of MASTERPIECE’s Poldark, is ready for the fifth and final season of her series. After the drama and sorrow of the series’ fourth season, she offers some hopeful hints about the story still to come.

Nov 21, 2018
No Matter What, Heida Reed Will Always Defend Elizabeth

Elizabeth Warleggan, formerly Poldark and née Chynoweth, is far from the most beloved character on Poldark. Her shifting affections, wayward alliances and confusing emotional center could drive even the most devoted fan of the series to hold Elizabeth at a distance. But actor Heida Reed has always seen Elizabeth as a fundamentally good person, with the same flaws that any of us may try to hide. Reed offers her defense in a new interview.

Nov 19, 2018
On The Durrells In Corfu, It's Not All Greek To Alexis Georgoulis

The dashingly charming Spiros Halikiopoulos is based on a real-life friend of the actual Durrell family during their time on the island of Corfu. It's a big help for the cast and viewers alike that actor Alexis Georgoulis finds charm to spare in his portrayal of the unofficial mayor of the island. In an exclusive interview, Georgoulis offers a special behind-the-scenes look at his work on The Durrells in Corfu.

Nov 12, 2018
Edward Gorey's Spooky Art Isn't Such A Mystery After All

For almost 40 years, the MASTERPIECE Mystery! title sequence has offered viewers an ominous glimpse into the dark unknown. It's a vision made real by the masterful work of illustrator and author Edward Gorey, and his fictional affiliation with the criminal world continues in a special mystery-themed exhibit at the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA. In a special bonus Halloween episode of MASTERPIECE Studio, producer Nick Andersen visits the Edward Gorey House to learn more about the man behind Mystery!'s uncommonly deadly masonry. Edward Gorey House curator Gregory Hischak offers his insight.

Oct 31, 2018
'Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget': Christian Brassington's Vile Rev. Osborne Whitworth

In lemon silks and too-tight breeches, the Reverend Osborne Whitworth is the gaudiest member of Poldark’s core cast. With extravagant tastes and a limited budget, the Reverend turns to darker quarters to fulfill his incessant appetites. Actor Christian Brassington, who put on more than 35 pounds to play the hefty Ossie, used careful voicework to find his place in the character — along with a diet of more than 3,500 calories per day. Hear the true story behind one of Poldark’s most reprehensible characters here.

Oct 29, 2018
Pip Torrens' Uncle Cary Is The Devil On George Warleggan's Shoulder

While nobody in Cornwall seems to necessarily enjoy the company of one George Warleggan, even fewer appreciate his nasty uncle, Cary. As the sneering devil on George’s shoulder, Cary pushes George to be his worst self. So it’s a special treat to hear the care and thought that actor Pip Torrens puts into his icy portrayal of Cary Warleggan. He joins us to talk wigs, Cornish accents and how it feels to play an out-and-out bad guy.

Oct 22, 2018
The Tragic Romance Of Josh Whitehouse's Hugh Armitage

Josh Whitehouse plays the dashing Lt. Hugh Armitage with an eye on the opportunity for capital ‘R’ Romance. But his character’s loyalties — and divided affections — heighten the stakes for the young actor, and often leave him searching for new motivations. In a new interview, Whitehouse talks Demelza, sand dunes, and more.

Oct 08, 2018
Debbie Horsfield Only Had One Man In Mind To Play Her 'Poldark'

Debbie Horsfield is the only writer of every episode of MASTERPIECE’s Poldark, so she definitely knows what’s on the horizon in the series’ fourth season. Secrets, lies and parliamentary politics come to Cornwall in a big way this season. Horsfield — who is also one of the series' executive producers — offers a sneak preview of the surprises still to come, and reveals why Aidan Turner was always the only actor she would cast as Ross.

Oct 01, 2018
100 Episodes, 100 Stories

In celebration of the 100th episode of MASTERPIECE Studio, we bring some of our favorite moments from our conversations with MASTERPIECE’s actors and creative talents. From Downton Abbey to Unforgotten and everything in between, we’re delighted to share highlights — including some as-of-yet unheard extras! — from our first 100 episodes. Here’s to the next 100!

Sep 16, 2018
Grantchester Reveals New Character, New Season Theme

The beloved MASTERPIECE Mystery! series, Grantchester, is set to return to your screens in summer 2019. In the upcoming fourth season of the show, lead actor James Norton — and his character, the Rev. Sidney Chambers — is set to leave the idyllic Cambridgeshire village. Taking his place in the Grantchester parish is actor Tom Brittney, who will play the Rev. Will Davenport, an affable, energetic new arrival on the village green. In an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE Studio, Grantchester creator Daisy Coulam reveals what to expect in the upcoming fourth season, and what fans have to look forward to with their new parish priest.

Jun 28, 2018
Julian Morris Isn't Afraid To Play Complicated Characters

Actor Julian Morris is known for his darker characters — psychopaths, social outcasts and the like, who float around the edges of decent, common society. He says he loves the bombast such roles offer, but the pain and shame of his Adam Berryman in the new MASTERPIECE production, Man In An Orange Shirt, is a different kind of challenge. Morris reveals what drew him to the role, what is was like to work with Vanessa Redgrave, and more.

Jun 18, 2018
Encore: 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 six 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.

Jun 07, 2018
Encore: Lady Edith Gets the Last Word

How could we leave Downton Abbey without hearing from Lady Edith?

The Crawley's middle daughter has come a long way in six years—from an unlucky wallflower to the elegant Marchioness of Hexham. Now, Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith, joins us in an encore episode to look back on the finale, as well as all the years Edith spent fighting for her happy ending.

May 31, 2018
Emily Watson Means To Be More Like Marmee

After her role as Marmee in the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, actor Emily Watson has increasingly found herself wondering why she can't parent more like the March family matriarch. Marmee is wise, forgiving and subtle, and allows her four daughters to grow and learn from their mistakes. She revisits the novel, and the role, as well as her Oscar-nominated film debut, in a frank and intimate conversation.

May 27, 2018
Encore: Directing Downton's Last Episode... Ever

Michael Engler knows first-hand exactly how much pressure comes with directing a "national treasure." In this encore "Directing Downton" episode, Engler takes us behind the scenes of the two season six episodes he helmed—the series finale and Lord Grantham's bloody dinner—and reveals what it took to bring those important chapters to the screen.

May 24, 2018
Cinematic Sisterhood Was Simple For Annes Elwy and Willa Fitzgerald

Annes Elwy and Willa Fitzgerald play two of the four beloved March sisters at the heart of the latest MASTERPIECE adaptation of Little Women, and their familial closeness echoes throughout our interview with the young actors. The on-screen sisters describe how they and the rest of the series’ cast bonded behind the scenes, and how their classic characters were granted a modern sense of discovery in writer Heidi Thomas’ elegant version of Louisa May Alcott’s charmed family.

May 20, 2018
Encore: A Farewell to Downton Abbey — With Julian Fellowes

He created Downton Abbey. And finally, he brought it to a close. Julian Fellowes—Downton's creator, sole writer and executive producer—takes us inside the series finale in this encore episode, and reveals why he decided to end the show after six wonderful years.

Also, our final Downton roundtable unpacks all of the finale's bittersweet moments—from Edith and Bertie's reconciliation to Thomas and Carson's new arrangement.

May 17, 2018
Bonus: Unpacking A Shocking 'Unforgotten' Second Season Finale

The Unforgotten detectives solved another cold-case murder. But the conclusion of the series' second season was far from neat. Lead actors Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar join the podcast for a look back at a surprising conclusion, and peek ahead at the upcoming third season, currently in production.

May 16, 2018
Maya Hawke And Jonah Hauer-King Can’t Stop Making Each Other Laugh

For actors Maya Hawke and Jonah Hauer-King — Little Women’s Jo March and Laurie Lawrence, respectively — watching a reel of outtakes from shooting became a reminder of how much they make each other laugh. Hawke and Hauer-King bring that infectious spirit to a joint interview on the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast.

May 13, 2018
Encore: Blackmail, Hunting, and Sex: Directing Downton Abbey

We're looking back at how the final season of Downton Abbey began in an encore conversation with one of the program's directors, Minkie Spiro.

May 10, 2018
Angela Lansbury Is A Woman Of Her Time In 'Little Women'

Dame Angela Lansbury has been an acting icon for more than 70 years, bringing character and charm to stage and screen alike. The brand new MASTERPIECE adaptation of Little Women, where she plays the peppery Aunt March, is her first appearance with our program. She takes us through highlights of her prodigious career, reveals what she learned on the Little Women *set, and gives a preview of her role in the upcoming film, *Mary Poppins Returns.

May 06, 2018
Encore: Behind the Scenes with Michelle Dockery

Don't miss this extended encore version of our conversation with the actor who brought Lady Mary to life, Michelle Dockery!

Michelle takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of her six years at Downton Abbey: from her initial audition, to watching the penultimate episode with her real-life sister, and finally, to walking through the Downton set one last time in "floods of tears."

May 03, 2018
Heidi Thomas Makes Alcott’s Words Shine In New ‘Little Women’ Adaptation

Writer Heidi Thomas is already plenty busy with the upcoming eighth and ninth seasons of her smash-hit series, Call the Midwife — but she knew she couldn’t say no when Louisa May Alcott came knocking. Adapting the author’s classic novel, Little Women, into a new television series would be a big challenge for Thomas, or any writer. It’s one the longtime fan of Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg March knew she could handle. Thomas explains what she had to cut from the novel and just how icy her Amy’s frozen pond adventure really was.

May 02, 2018
Sanjeev Bhaskar Still Can’t Quite Believe He’s In ‘Unforgotten’

By his own estimation, Sanjeev Bhaskar started acting relatively late in life.  He gives a telling preview of the stunning second season of Unforgotten still to come, and explains how his zany breakout comedy, The Kumars at No. 42 played better in the United States than it did in his native UK.

Apr 30, 2018
Encore: Fashion! (At Downton Abbey)

In this encore episode, Downton Abbey's costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins tells us how she uses fashion to bring the characters — and the roaring 20s — to life.

Apr 26, 2018
Encore: Looking Back on Six Seasons with Julian Fellowes

In this special encore episode, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes looks back at six seasons of his beloved MASTERPIECE historical drama.

Apr 19, 2018
Encore: Directing Lady Mary's Epic Episode

What do an epic car crash, a fiery sibling showdown, and a much-anticipated wedding have in common? All three are unforgettable Downton Abbey scenes directed by David Evans.

In this encore "Directing Downton" conversation, David takes us behind the scenes of the explosive seventh and eighth episodes, and reveals his process for taking Downton from the script to the screen.

Apr 12, 2018
Benedict Cumberbatch Strives For Simple Answers In Complex 'Child' Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch heads the cast of The Child in Time — and his new production company took the lead behind the scenes, as well. It's not Cumberbatch's first experience with author Ian McEwan's work — he appeared in the 2007 feature film, *Atonement. *Like so many readers, Cumberbatch appreciates the 'cinematic' qualities of McEwan's novels. The busy actor stopped by for a chat about time, trauma and the subtle beauties of the everyday.  

Apr 09, 2018
‘Unforgotten’ Star Nicola Walker Admits She’d Make A Terrible Criminal

Nicola Walker leads the crime-fighting duo on the new MASTERPIECE Mystery! drama, Unforgotten. But the series’ complicated cold-case investigations surprise even her as they unfold week after week. Walker shares stories of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Broadway and why she could never be counted on to keep a criminal secret.

Apr 09, 2018
Encore: Behind the Scenes with Allen Leech

Allen Leech takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of his six years at Downton Abbey: from his "terrifying" first day on set, to the night he broke into the Highclere castle grounds, to his "very, very emotional" final moments as Tom Branson.

Don't miss this extended encore version of our conversation with the actor who brought Tom Branson to life!

Apr 05, 2018
Kelly Macdonald’s Emotional Turn In ‘The Child In Time’ Was ‘Dead Easy’

In her role as the bereaved mother Julie in the new MASTERPIECE drama, The Child In Time, actor Kelly Macdonald admits a certain distance from the emotional tension of the part. Her acting partner and executive producer, Benedict Cumberbatch, worked hard to make the set a happy place for all involved, Macdonald says. She takes us behind the scenes of The Child in TimeGosford Park, and so much more.

Apr 02, 2018
Encore: Don't Ask, Don't Tell at Downton Abbey

Ever since Downton Abbey began, we've watched Thomas Barrow try—and fail—to find his place downstairs—in part because of his sexuality. Now, in the wake of his heartbreaking suicide attempt, we asked Downton's historian, Alastair Bruce, to explain the historical context of Thomas' struggle.


Mar 29, 2018
Encore: Downton's Sibling Showdown

It's a pattern we've seen since Downton Abbey began: when Mary is unhappy, it's often Edith who pays the price. But this time, Mary crosses a line -- and sets up a sibling showdown six seasons in the making.

Michelle Dockery returns to the podcast to reflect on Lady Mary's comeuppance...and redemption, from her jaw-dropping fight with Edith to her heart-to-heart with Violet, and finally her wedding to Henry Talbot.

We'll also go behind-the-scenes of all the drama with the episode's director, David Evans, who reveals what it was like to film the episode's most memorable moments.

Finally, we'll dig into the rest of this week's jam-packed episode with our weekly Downton roundtable.

Mar 22, 2018
Heidi Thomas Prepares To 'Call The Midwife,' Again

For six years and six seasons of television, screenwriter Heidi Thomas has explored the challenges of 1950s-era British midwifery. Now, as the seventh season of her PBS drama Call the Midwife heads to air just ahead of her upcoming MASTERPIECE adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Thomas explores how a charming midwife’s memoirs became an unlikely global success story.

Mar 18, 2018
Encore: Anna & Molesley Catch a Break

Anna Bates has had some rotten luck, and poor Molesley hasn't fared much better. But now, they're finally getting some good news.

In this two-for-one encore episode, actors Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) and Kevin Doyle (Joseph Molesley) reflect on their characters' rocky journeys to redemption.

Also this week, for all the good news downstairs, the family upstairs grappled with a shocking turn of events. We'll talk about the terrifying car crash and Lady Mary's break-up, as well as Lady Edith's proposal with our weekly Downton roundtable.

Mar 15, 2018
Encore: Mr. Carson & Mrs. Hughes...The Honeymoon's Over

Mr. Carson & Mrs. Hughes -- Downton's butler and head housekeeper -- have managed the downstairs staff for years. Now, they'll have to manage their newest, and perhaps most challenging, roles yet: husband and wife.

In this encore episode, actors Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) reflect on their characters' highly-anticipated romance, from the kiss (!) to life after the honeymoon.

Mar 08, 2018
Bonus: Victoria, Season Two Outtakes And Extras

At the end of another season of Victoria, we couldn't help but dip back in to our collection of conversations with the cast and creative talent behind the series to offer some highlights that didn't make it through in our original podcast episodes. Hear from Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, David Oakes, Jordan Waller and Daisy Goodwin about life, death and behind-the-scenes scoops from Victoria, season two.

Mar 04, 2018
Encore: Lord Grantham's Last Supper?

In this encore episode, Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) and director Michael Engler take you behind-the-scenes of that shocking moment where Lord Grantham had a close brush with death.

But Robert's health isn't the only thing worth talking about...This week, love is in the air. Our Downton roundtable discusses Mary and Edith's escalating romances.

Mar 01, 2018
A Very Victoria Christmas

Warning: this episodes contains Victoria spoilers.

The Christmas finale of Victoria's second season is as joyful to watch as it was to film, the series' lead actors reveal. And show creator Daisy Goodwin hints at the all too true origins of many modern Christmas traditions — Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Christmas cards — that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert helped to popularize.


Feb 26, 2018
Encore: Downton Abbey's Lesley Nicol

It's the Mrs. Patmore podcast! Mrs. P—Downton’s cook—has been dishing out one-liners and rustic wisdom for the past six years. In this episode, Lesley Nicol reveals that, while her cooking skills never materialized off-screen, her heartfelt relationship with Sophie McShera (Daisy) certainly did.

Also, Downton historian, Alastair Bruce, joins us to discuss Gwen's return, and what it says about the rise of the working class in the roaring 20's.

Then we'll talk about Mary's handsome suitor, Anna's good news, and the rest of episode four with our weekly Downton roundtable.

Feb 22, 2018
Lord Alfred — And Jordan Waller — Seeks A Love Without A Name

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Homosexual romances no doubt existed in Queen Victoria’s court — but perhaps not in the way as depicted in this season’s dramatic storyline involving Lord Alfred Paget and Edward Drummond. The term ‘homosexual’ wasn’t in use in the common dialogue, and actor Jordan Waller thinks that nameless love makes his depiction of Lord Alfred all the more complicated.

Feb 19, 2018
Encore: Downton Abbey's Allen Leech

Allen Leech plays Tom Branson, the handsome Irish revolutionary turned estate manager. But behind the scenes, Leech was a notorious prankster. In this episode, Leech reflects on Tom Branson's epic journey, and reveals some of his favorite off-screen moments.

Feb 15, 2018
Victoria & Albert: Lost in Scotland

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Series creator Daisy Goodwin moves between historical fact and dramatic fiction when she and her team write each episode of Victoria. For this week’s on-screen quest to Scotland, Goodwin relied heavily on Queen Victoria’s actual diary entries from a 1844 royal visit to Scotland’s Blair Castle. Goodwin —and Victoria stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes  — reflect on the magical episode.

Feb 12, 2018
Encore: Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern

Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham, have weathered many storms. In this two-for-one episode, Hugh Bonneville (Robert) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) reflect on the six years they spent playing the heads of a very dramatic household.

Feb 08, 2018
Only David Oakes Wonders How Prince Ernest Is Feeling

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Ernest, the charming royal German rogue of Victoria, has a reputation for being a kind of happy-go-lucky courtier. But his personal journey this season — from his dying father to his catastrophic medical condition — leaves actor David Oakes wishing somebody else in court would take the time to ask how Ernest is feeling. Oakes explains why he sees Ernest as the Jiminy Cricket to Prince Albert's Pinocchio, and offers his previews of the closing half of this second season of Victoria.

Feb 05, 2018
Encore: Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery

Lady Mary is known for her icy glares and scandal-prone love life. Michelle Dockery talks about her six years playing one of Downton Abbey's most memorable and complex characters.

Feb 01, 2018
Tom Hughes Searches For Prince Albert’s Emotional Foundations

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Prince Albert is purely logical — which makes Tom Hughes’ search for emotional depths all the more challenging in this second season of *Victoria. *The actor keeps a close eye on his character's historical experiences, all the while digging for the motivating forces that help push his character through challenging new crises.

Jan 29, 2018
Rufus Sewell Says Goodbye To Lord M

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Rufus Sewell has relished the opportunity to play Lord Melbourne in the last two seasons of Victoria. As he bids farewell to the character, he explains how Lord M’s complicated relationship with Queen Victoria changed during the young Queen’s heady early years on the throne, and why viewers took so strongly to his portrayal of the famed prime minister.

Jan 24, 2018
Daisy Goodwin Melds Fact And Fiction In Victoria’s Second Season

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Daisy Goodwin may be the creator and head writer of Victoria, but she can’t help but sound like an ardent fan when she talks about the resurgent popularity of her version of Lord Melbourne. “Obviously, I would like Lord M to be in every single episode,” Goodwin said. She explains how and where she looks for historical storylines for her Queen Victoria, and what we all should look forward to in this second season of her series.

Jan 22, 2018
Jenna Coleman Returns To Her Queenly Duties

Warning: this episode contains Victoria spoilers.

Queen Victoria is a proud new mother — but so far, she’s anything but pleased. As Prince Albert manages the daily stresses of the royal boxes, Victoria finds herself longing for both marital clarity and professional order. Actor Jenna Coleman warns — this is just the rocky beginning of a particularly dramatic new season of Victoria. Coleman, and Victoria creator Daisy Goodwin, explore the season still to come.

Jan 15, 2018
Bonus: Keeley Hawes Reflects On A Season Of Magical 'Durrells' Moments

Warning: this episode contains The Durrells In Corfu *spoilers.*

Louisa Durrell let another love interest pass her by at the end of The Durrells In Corfu’s season two. Along the way, however, she might have been reminded where her true loyalty lies: with her family. Actor Keely Hawes says “the Durrells are very good at change,” and she looks ahead to the upcoming third season in a special bonus episode of the podcast.

Nov 22, 2017
Eleanor Tomlinson Thinks Demelza Deserves A Good Time

Warning: this episode contains Poldark spoilers.

Demelza Poldark ended her third season of Poldark with a stunning act of defiance. Actor Eleanor Tomlinson doesn’t feel like she could have made the same choices, but she has been pleasantly surprised by the way fans have supported her character’s heartbreaking decision. “If Ross is going to go and do what he wants to do, why shouldn’t she go and have some fun?,” she tells us.

Nov 20, 2017
Daniel Lapaine Really Wants To Be A Durrell

Warning: This episode contains The Durrells in Corfu spoilers.

Actor Daniel Lapaine has made a career playing rakishly charming characters — He’s ‘a Smiling Devil,’ as one
director told him. Lapaine’s role as Hugh on this season of The Durrells in Corfu is more of the same, but he explains how the allure of the Durrell family is all too real for this Australian actor. Will Louisa head back to England with Hugh? Lapaine isn’t saying.

Nov 13, 2017
Just Like Aunt Agatha, Caroline Blakiston Knows Everybody’s Business

Warning: This episode contains *Poldark spoilers.*

Caroline Blakiston’s Aunt Agatha Poldark has been a secret triumph throughout these three seasons of Poldark, lurking by the Trenwith fire while reading her tarot cards and peering into the Cornish future. After a particularly dramatic episode, Blakiston joins us to talk costumes, character development and how Harrison Ford helped calm her nerves in her famous Star Wars performance.


Nov 06, 2017
Ellise Chappell Reveals: There's Still Hope For Morwenna

Warning: This episode contains *Poldark** spoilers.*

After just missing her chance at true romantic happiness this week, the young Morwenna Chenoweth seems to be trapped in a loveless, lifeless marriage. But Ellise Chappell, the young Poldark actor who plays Morwenna, isn’t worried. “We’ve got to keep hoping,” for the troubled Morwenna, she tells us — and offers stories of frogs, friendships and more from the Poldark set.

Oct 30, 2017
Louisa Durrell Is A Dream Made Real For Keeley Hawes

Warning: This episode contains The Durrells in Corfu spoilers.

As a child, Keeley Hawes adored reading about the Durrell family’s fantastic Greek adventures on the island of Corfu. Years later, she finds herself as the fictional head of the Durrell clan, playing the role of matriarch Louisa Durrell in the ongoing series, The Durrells in Corfu. In conversation with MASTERPIECE Studio, Keeley anticipates the furry and funny upcoming season of the show.

Oct 16, 2017
Poldark’s Gabriella Wilde Prepares For A Season Of Big Surprises

Warning: This episode contains Poldark spoilers.

Poldark’s Caroline Penvenen, the beautiful heiress with a generous heart, has secrets in store in the upcoming third season of the series. Actor Gabriella Wilde offers hints of the stories yet to come for her character, and reveals what it was like to film with her newborn child on set — as well as which of the dogs playing Horace the Pug she prefers..

Oct 02, 2017
Bonus: What Little Women Means To You

With the upcoming 2018 adaptation of Little Women on MASTERPIECE rapidly approaching, we wanted to look back 149 years to the original 1868 publication of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the same name. More specifically, we wanted to hear from our listeners and viewers why that novel is an important part of their lives. On International Podcast Day 2017, you told us.

Sep 30, 2017
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 Endeavour Morse 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.

Aug 21, 2017
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.

Jul 31, 2017
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.

Jul 24, 2017
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.

Jul 17, 2017
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.

Jul 12, 2017
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 .

Jul 10, 2017
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.

Jun 26, 2017
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.

Jun 19, 2017
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.

May 22, 2017
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.

May 18, 2017
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.

May 15, 2017
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.

Mar 27, 2017
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.

Mar 06, 2017
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.

Feb 13, 2017
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.

Jan 30, 2017
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.

Jan 16, 2017
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.

Jan 09, 2017
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.

Jan 02, 2017
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.

Dec 27, 2016
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."

Nov 28, 2016
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.

Nov 21, 2016
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.

Nov 18, 2016
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.

Nov 07, 2016
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.

Oct 24, 2016
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.

Oct 10, 2016
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.

Sep 26, 2016
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.

Sep 23, 2016
Churchill's Secret Uncovered

Warning: This show contains “Churchill's Secret” spoilers.

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.

Sep 12, 2016
Is This the End of Lewis? Kevin Whately Speaks

Warning: This show contains “Inspector Lewis” finale spoilers.

Though this is not the first time that we've said "goodbye" to Inspector 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.

Aug 22, 2016
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.

Aug 08, 2016
Bonus: On the Brink of Death

Warning: This show contains “Endeavour” Season 3, finale spoilers.

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.

Jul 12, 2016
Shaun Evans is His Own Endeavour Morse

Warning: This show contains “Endeavour” Season 3, finale spoilers.

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.

Jul 11, 2016
Is Anton Lesser the "Kiss of Death?"

Warning: This show contains “Endeavour” Season 3, Episode 3 spoilers.

These days, Anton Lesser is most recognized for playing two very different characters: "Endeavour's" Chief Superintendent Bright and "Game of Thrones's" 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.

Jul 04, 2016
Endeavour: New Case, New Character

Warning: This show contains “Endeavour” Season 3, Episode 2 spoilers.

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 Dakota 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.

Jun 27, 2016
Thursday and Morse, Back on the Beat

Warning: This show contains “Endeavour” Season 3, Episode 1 spoilers.

After being shot at the end of "Endeavour," Season 2, 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.

Jun 20, 2016
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.

Jun 17, 2016
Directing Wallander: "The Biggest Challenge of My Career"

Warning: This show contains "Wallander" finale spoilers.

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.

May 26, 2016
Kenneth Branagh's Last Day as Kurt Wallander

Warning: This show contains "Wallander" finale spoilers.

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.

May 23, 2016
Jeremy Piven Says "Goodbye" to Mr. Selfridge

Warning: This show contains "Mr. Selfridge" finale spoilers.

"Mr. Selfridge" is going out in style. From spectacle to stunts, this season has it all. But how will the party end for the larger-than-life retail magnate?

Actor Jeremy Piven looks back on his four-year journey as Mr. Selfridge and to get us ready to watch the series finale.

May 19, 2016
Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander Can’t Catch a Break

Warning: This show contains "Wallander" Season 4, Episode 2 spoilers.

In the second episode of the final season, we get to see a different side of that's just as involved with his family as he is with his job. But just when it looks like Wallander may have finally found happiness, new health problems threaten to bring everything crashing down.

In his second appearance on the podcast, Kenneth Branagh provides his own take on Wallander's seeming endless struggle with relationships, health and happiness.

May 16, 2016
Bonus: A Nod to Nordic Noir

Despite originating from what is widely considered to be the happiest -- and most beautiful -- region in the world, Nordic Noir has come to be known for its focus on heinous crimes and the deeply flawed people who investigate them.

What's behind the darkness and violence seen in Wallander and other Nordic Noir crime drama? And what makes these shows so entertaining to watch? Professor Andrew Nestingen, expert in all things Nordic Noir, investigates.

May 12, 2016
Kenneth Branagh Faces the End of Wallander

Warning: This show contains "Wallander" Season 4, Episode 1 spoilers.

MASTERPIECE Studio will follow the final season of "Wallander" the way Kurt Wallander follows crime...obsessively. From now until the finale, Kenneth Branagh -- who plays the brooding Swedish detective -- will join us on the podcast every week following the show.

Here, in the aftermath of the Season 4 premiere, the North Irish actor reveals what it was like to play a Swede in South Africa, and remembers the experiences he had eight years ago that made playing Kurt Wallander possible.

May 09, 2016
Inside the Wallander Theme Song

Back in 2008, Australian native Emily Barker and her band the Red Clay Halo recorded their song, "Nostalgia," in relative anonymity. But when the crime drama Wallander premiered, accompanied by the song, "Nostalgia" became an instant hit. As told by Emily Barker herself, this is the story of "Nostalgia" from its chilly inception to its eventual fame.

May 05, 2016
Kiss & Make Up: Grantchester's Season Finale

Warning: This show contains "Grantchester" Season 2, finale spoilers.

From punches to pranks, "Grantchester's" James Norton (Sidney) and Robson Green (Geordie) had a wild time together filming Season 2.

Now in the wake of "Grantchester's" season finale, the dynamic duo returns to recap this season's most dramatic moments and reveal their most entertaining, behind-the-scenes stories.

May 02, 2016
Bonus: The Dark Side of Grantchester

In the aftermath of Gary's hanging and Sidney and Geordie's big fight, the once and (hopefully) future dream team -- James Norton (Sidney) and Robson Green (Geordie) -- get together on the podcast to remember the past as it truly was.

Apr 25, 2016
"Too Late" For Sidney and Amanda?

Warning: This show contains "Grantchester" Season 2, Episode 4 spoilers.

Amanda -- a wealthy debutante -- and Sidney -- an Anglican vicar -- have managed to keep their relationship alive despite social conventions of the ‘50s. But now, it seems like a baby -- if not their significant others -- may actually keep "Grantchester's" star-crossed lovers apart.

In this episode, we turn to actor Morven Christie, who plays Amanda, to get the inside scoop on the future of Amanda and Sidney’s relationship, what it's like to be a woman in the entertainment industry, and why Amanda's story is one that needs to be told.

Apr 18, 2016
Secrets of Grantchester with Author James Runcie

Grantchester is a real town in the English countryside, but the crime-solving adventures of Sidney and Geordie exist only in the mind of author James Runcie whose book series, "The Grantchester Mysteries," serves as the inspiration for the Masterpiece program.

In this episode, Runcie talks about meeting James Norton, tells us how Amanda Kendall came to be, and reveals secrets on the making of the show.

Apr 04, 2016
Picnics & Murders...Grantchester is Back!

Handsome vicar Sidney Chambers and gruff detective Geordie Keating are back on the beat, solving mysteries in the idyllic town of Grantchester all while battling demons of their own.

We'll sit down with Sidney and Geordie -- James Norton and Robson Green -- for an in-depth look at what's in store for "Grantchester’s" second season.

Mar 24, 2016
Bonus: Mark Gatiss's Ghost Story

Have you ever been haunted? Sherlock's Mark Gatiss has—and he shares a story in the supernatural vein of the upcoming Sherlock special, "The Abominable Bride," coming to Masterpiece on PBS New Year's Day, 2016.

Masterpiece Studio is made possible by Audible. Sponsors for Masterpiece on PBS as Viking River Cruises, Audible and The Masterpiece Trust.

Dec 23, 2015
Sherlock's Mark Gatiss

Sherlock co-creator, writer and actor Mark Gatiss—who plays the conniving Mycroft Holmes—previews the upcoming special, “The Abominable Bride,” (premiering 1/1/15 on PBS) and takes you behind the scenes of the hit show. From hatching the idea for the series on a train ride, to casting Benedict Cumberbatch, Gatiss reflects on bringing Sherlock to life in the 21st century.

Masterpiece Studio is made possible by Audible. Sponsors for Masterpiece on PBS as Viking River Cruises, Audible and The Masterpiece Trust.

Dec 21, 2015