Making Masterpiece

Making Masterpiece

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

Format
Hardcover
Price
$29.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670015351
  • 320  Pages
  • Viking Books
  • Adult

Overview

The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit programs

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.

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 apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton was practically born to  lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises. Making Masterpiece marks the first time  the driving force behind the enduring flagship show reveals all.
Making Masterpiece

Making Masterpiece

Rebecca Eaton

Praise

“[An] anecdote-filled memoir…Rebecca Eaton looks back on 25 fascinating years at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! at PBS.”—USA Today

“Eaton weaves an absorbing tale of what began as just a young girl’s Anglophilia but would eventually change the viewing habits of Americans…Though the book’s most compelling moments are culled from the battles Eaton waged as producer, she manages to put everything in perspective as a highly successful working mother who had plenty to fight for at home as well…. In the end, Eaton looks back with unflagging fondness at her life’s work and the spectrum of experiences it has brought her.”—Hollywood Reporter

“ Eaton recounts these tales with zest.”—McClatchy Tribune

“[An] engaging new memoir.”—Bay Area Newsgroup

“A treasure house of anecdote and insight, observation and object lessons, Making Masterpiece is quietly electrifying.”—Shelf Awareness

“In addition to these sometimes charming, sometimes bawdy anecdotes, Eaton brings a strong personal element to the narrative…she is able to humanize what is sometimes seen as an impersonal area of the showbiz world…A pleasing blend of memoir and retrospective with a wide audience appeal. Recommended for readers interested in the history of television and the business aspects of the creative process and, of course, PBS devotees.”—Library Journal

“A delightful trek into the world of TV production and a substantive treat for the truly addicted PBS fan.”—Kirkus

“In the world of TV drama, names and faces appear and disappear with bewildering speed; Rebecca Eaton is immortal and immutable…She has made an enormous contribution to the cultural life of America, and, more than that, she is one of the most fun people I know.”
—Andrew Davies, Vanity Fair

“Rebecca has been the executive producer of Masterpiece for 25 of its 40 years. We Americans are fortunate to have Rebecca at the helm: someone committed to bringing great television drama to the widest possible audience, week after week.”—Gillian Anderson, The 2011 Time 100

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