12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Masterpiece’

A certain kind of person gets really excited about a book like Rebecca Eaton’s memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBSand I am one of those people. Eaton has been in charge of the series, which premiered on PBS in January of 1971, for almost 30 years now, a period that has seen Masterpiece winning awards, acclaim, and admiration from generations of fans who love a good costume drama.


In the book, Eaton gives us a behind-the-scenes account of her time working on shows like Downton Abbey and Sherlock, the latest incarnation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. On a more personal note, she also reveals how she became the show’s producer. Making Masterpiece is a must for people who prefer the original House of Cards to the Netflix adaptation. Click through to learn 12 things you probably didn’t know about the award-winning series.