PBS Masterpiece: Schedule for 2011 Season

Here's the 2011 schedule for the upcoming season of
PBS Masterpiece Classic!
Congrats to PBS on their 40th season of Masterpiece Theatre!

January 2, 2011
My Boy Jack
(encore presentation)
In 1914 England, patriotism is high in the early days of WWI, and writer Rudyard Kipling (David Haigh) is one of its most eloquent and passionate voices. John "Jack," (Daniel Radcliffe), Kipling's only son, is underage, hopelessly myopic, and eager to join the war effort. Kipling's outspoken American wife Carrie (Kim Cattrall) remains more sanguine on the course of the war, and the fate of her family. Also features Carey Mulligan as Jack's sister Elsie. My Boy Jack, based on a true story, tells of a nation at war, and offers an intimate portrait of one family's complex and divided experience in it.

January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2011 at 9pm
Downton Abbey
Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, and starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, and many others. This well-received drama in the UK is definitely worth watching!

February 6, 2011
The Unseen Alistair Cooke
(encore presentation)
"Alistair Cooke filmed his early travels across the United States with an 8mm camera. The footage, discovered only after his death, offers a record of the unseen life behind Cooke's polished words, against a backdrop of an America sparkling with possibilities. The Unseen Alistair Cooke: A Masterpiece Special chronicles Cooke's decades in America, friendships with Hollywood icons, celebrated journalism career and years as host of Masterpiece Theatre."

February 13, 20 & 27, 2011 at 9pm
Any Human Heart
William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man - at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war, and spy - making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Spanning nine decades, it tells stories around some of the most significant historic events of recent decades. World War II and the New York art scandal of the '50s and 60s are explored through Logan's eyes, as are his various relationships. Starring: Jim Broadbent, Matthew MacFadyen, Sam Claflin, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall and Tom Hollander.

March 27, 2011
The 39 Steps
(encore presentation)
Newly returned to England on the eve of World War I, Richard Hannay's (Rupert Penry-Jones, Persuasion) listless London life is about to spiral out of control. When a neighbor bursts in with a top-secret notebook full of cryptic codes and a frantic story of an impending assassination, unlikely patriot Hannay is soon on the run to save himself and his country. He bumps into feisty suffragette Victoria Sinclair (Lydia Leonard), and while their fates may be intertwined, their personalities aren't. But like it or not, they'll together navigate murder, betrayal and near death in order to untangle a plot of national importance, and understand the charms and challenges of human nature. Based on the novel by John Buchan.

April 10, 17 & 24, 2011 at 9pm
Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs is an updated version of one of the most-loved and most-honored series in television history. The series has a new cast of characters and Jean Marsh reprising her Emmy-winning role as Rose. The cast also includes the original series co-creator Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Keeley Hawes (Wives and Daughters), Ed Stoppard, Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown) with a script by Emmy-nominee Heidi Thomas (Cranford).

May 1, 8, 15, 2011
South Riding
Synopsis from book: "A rich evocation which explores the lives and relationships of the characters of South Riding. Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell Martin), the fiery young headmistress of the local girl's school; Mrs Beddows (Penelope Wilton), the district's first alderwomen - based on Holtby's own mother; and Robert Carne (David Morrissey), the conservative gentleman-farmer locked in a disastrous marriage - with whom the radical Sarah Burton falls in love. Showing how public decisions can mould the individual and strongly echoing Middlemarch, South Riding offers a panoramic and unforgettable view of Yorkshire life." Set in 1930's.

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Thanks to myrna_nora at LJ!
and thanks to Laurel Ann at Austenprose!


  1. My boy Jack was soooo sad, but I missed some of it. I think it was on TVOntario earlier. I will have to watch it again -- if I can bear it!
    Thanks for sharing the schedule!

  2. Thanks for the schedule -- I've been googling for this once a week for a while.

    Looking forward to the new productions, but I don't know if I can sit through My Boy Jack again... Arghhhhh. Too too sad.

  3. phylly and stephanie,
    You're welcome!
    Re: My Boy Jack, I agree it was sad! But considering how I tend to avoid war-related movies, I was surprised by how much I appreciated it!

  4. **doing happy dance**
    Thank you for posting the schedule for PBS Masterpiece - Yah! Any Human Heart! and I missingn My Boy Jack when it originally aired so thanks for the head's up to have tissues ready...
    Downtown Abbey, Upstairs, Downstairs, The 39 Steps! wooo hooo
    nothing like some great tv to get us through the cold Canadian winters!

  5. tyme_4_t,
    you're right - Sunday nights seem like just the right time to cozy up with a good period drama AND of course with a cup of tea!

  6. No Wallender for 2011 Season?

  7. @John
    This is their schedule that just ended. I'm not sure if PBS plans to air Wallender in the future.

  8. Oct 22 2011
    i was wondering when the new winter of 2011 shedule to the spring of 2012 of masterpiece theatre the shedule for that please? Please send the relpy to me please? Thanks Elizabeth Osborne



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