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To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
The untold story if the three Bronte sisters.

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Victoria: Young England
Victoria is about to give birth. The country and the crown are under a lot of pressure.

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Victoria: The Engine of Change
Victoria finds out she is pregnant. She and Albert start on a road to a lot of change for the country and their relationship.

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Victoria: The Queen’s Husband
Prince Albert struggles to find his place among the royal household.

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Victoria: An Ordinary Woman
Victoria and Albert consider matrimony; whether the queen will pledge to obey her foreign prince.

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Victoria, Season 1: The Clockwork Prince (Episode 3)
Albert ignores the Queen's request and is met with royal disdain when he makes a visit; Miss Skerrett's past becomes more mysterious.

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Victoria, Season 1: Brocket Hall (Episode 2)
Victoria faces the question of marriage amongst rioting in the country.

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Victoria, Season 1: Doll 123 (Episode 1)
Upon the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837, 18-year-old Princess Victoria is made queen.

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Masterpiece is an iconic anthology television series brought to viewers by PBS since 1971. This long-standing series has found much favor and appreciation amongst the cultured audiences in the United States for bringing a rich selection of comprehensive drama from across the globe, particularly from Britain and the UK, but also from other parts of Europe. Noted for its curated collection of world-class literature adaptations, historical dramas, and mystery thrillers, Masterpiece is widely recognized as a significant platform for exceptional television. Over five decades, the show has steadfastly upheld its commitment to elite quality of production, script, casting, and an authentic portrayal of period narratives, making it a cherished experience for its consistently growing base of viewers. Masterpiece started in 1971 with humble beginnings. The initial days saw a generous contribution from Mobil sponsorship that ensured that high-profile British drama series including adaptations of classic literature and original contemporary dramas were accessible to the American audiences. The show was originally known as Masterpiece Theatre with "theatre" being dropped in 2008, to encompass a broader range of dramatic television genres. The shiny and impressive roster of series featured in Masterpiece is sufficient to woo any literary or drama aficionado. Over the years, Masterpiece has aired adaptations of timeless classics such as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, to more recent literature like Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Furthermore, Masterpiece also takes pride in bringing to life original contemporary drama series like Sherlock, and award-winning period drama like Downton Abbey. Masterpiece program's iconic hosting is an experience in itself. The show initially had Alistair Cooke, the erudite and affable host, who would present each episode with an insightful introduction and farewell that often provided a unique American perspective. After his departure in 1992, Masterpiece continued the tradition of having a host, which included great personalities like Russell Baker, Gillian Anderson, Laura Linney, and Alan Cumming. Masterpiece's reputation for nuanced character development, sterling performances by actors, beautifully composed set designs, and costume authenticity adds superior value to narrative creativity. Its association with works of Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and other literary stalwarts has led to an exceptional arena of classic and contemporary acting talent. From reputed actors like Maggie Smith, Kenneth Branagh, and Jeremy Irons to stars of the new generation like Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville, Masterpiece keeps the artistic caliber and performance standards high. One of the other salient characteristics of the Masterpiece series is its rich dedication to history. The incredible visuals, dialogues, and narratives are meticulously designed to transport viewers into specific eras, making the experience truly immersive. Whether it is the lavish 18th-century Russian aristocracy in War & Peace or the 20th-century England countryside in Downton Abbey or the mid-1950s Oxford as in Endeavor, Masterpiece meticulously recreates period-specific details within visually stunning frames, thus offering viewers a journey through time. Masterpiece does not just limit itself to fictional drama. The show has featured critically acclaimed biographies and narratives based on true stories, bringing narratives inspired by true events to life. These narratives based on historical events and characters add another dimension to the variety of Masterpiece, intriguing viewers with fascinating chapters from history and reality. Over the years, Masterpiece's unwavering dedication to quality programming has won it numerous awards, including multiple Emmys, Peabodys, and Golden Globes. The series has not only stood the test of time but also adapted and evolved, always broadening its horizons to include newer forms of storytelling. In conclusion, Masterpiece, ever since its inception in 1971, has been an epitome of 'drama of substance', delivering global and timeless perspectives through dialogue and drama, truly encapsulating the essence of its name. It brings the best of global television drama, appealing to viewers who relish high-quality narrative, dynamic characters, and an immersive historical ambiance. It has refined and enriched the television landscape across the United States, and continues to do so, inspiring other programs to aspire for excellence. Masterpiece is indeed, a true masterwork in the panorama of television series.

Masterpiece is a series categorized as a currently airing. Spanning 47 seasons with a total of 1443 episodes, the show debuted on 1971. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.6.

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