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Rebecca Eaton Making Masterpiece

November 29, 201410 min
For twenty-five years and counting, Eaton has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece, the longest running weekly prime time drama series on American television. Eaton brings to her memoir the voices of many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes—and even includes 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 highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract a new generation of fans. She also shares stories about luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Gillian Anderson, 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 appr

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