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Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS


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ISBN13: 9780670015351
ISBN10: 0670015350
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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.

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Rebecca Eaton has been executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! for more than twenty-five years. She has won multiple Emmys for her work. She lives in Boston.

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susanusha, November 30, 2013 (view all comments by susanusha)
I read it and enjoyed it because I am a hardcore Masterpiece fan. She weaves her personal life in with her professional, and knowing the personal losses she endured makes her work admirable. However, she's a producer, not a writer, and the book is not one that would capture the imagination of anyone who has not enjoyed Masterpiece. Her comments about the famous people she worked with, including Judi Dench, Allistair Cooke, and Colin Firth are fun.
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25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS
Eaton, Rebecca
Viking Adult
Television - General
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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