Making Masterpiece

Making Masterpiece

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

Book - 2013
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670015351
Characteristics: xvi, 300 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2014

Very interesting view from the producer of Masterpiece, detailing how shows go into production, the purchasing and promoting of television programs, etc. I liked it. It could have been better, hence only 4 stars, if the author's personality or writing style had a little more zing, but worth reading if you're into the arts in any way.


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