MASTERPIECE Studio

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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 Farmers Insurance. Sponsors for MASTERPIECE on PBS are Viking Cruises, Farmers Insurance, and The MASTERPIECE Trust.


Episode Date
Julian Morris Isn't Afraid To Play Complicated Characters
36:16

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
36:07

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
31:44

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
30:46

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
17:15

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
29:31

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
25:48

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
10:44

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
34:33

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
14:38

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'
39:19

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
29:23

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
23:42

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’
31:46

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)
07:49

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
24:56

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
20:57

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
18:03

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
28:47

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
23:51

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’
30:11

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
04:15

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
28:53

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
24:40

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
26:51

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
30:04

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
11:56

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?
18:22

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
11:34

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
21:38

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
33:36

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
22:29

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
13:20

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
21:55

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
31:17

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
20:41

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
28:20

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
29:20

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
29:17

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
23:29

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
15:45

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
23:19

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
31:14

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
34:27

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
32:58

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
24:28

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
26:44

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
09:42

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
29:42

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
25:22

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
29:27

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
26:45

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
16:22

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
22:12

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
20:39

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
26:30

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
17:58

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
27:10

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
34:33

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
31:04

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
29:59

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
31:23

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
30:29

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
29:14

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
31:39

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
26:21

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
29:55

"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
20:06

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
20:21

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
07:13

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
23:54

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
25:31

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
27:02

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
18:44

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?
17:58

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
27:28

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
25:07

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
20:38

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
06:08

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
21:53

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?"
24:26

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
15:29

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
19:10

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
20:05

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"
14:58

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
09:55

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
15:33

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
10:38

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 Wallander...one 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
11:08

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
11:19

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
18:14

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
19:13

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
04:52

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?
23:12

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
20:50

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!
20:39

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
03:30

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
14:53

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