Rebecca Eaton

She's an American who fell in love with British Literature and drama and landed the perfect job as a Television producer for PBS Masterpiece Theatre. She has the fortunate job of deciding which movies will be chosen to be part of the collection that many know and love as the classics of Masterpiece Theatre.

When asked, "How do you choose what's going to go on Masterpiece Theatre?"

Eaton replies,

"It's fairly the old days, we bought most of them after they were made, and my husband's a sculptor and he keeps farmer's hours. He gets up at 5:00 in the morning and so I would bring the cassettes home of the shows and put them in the machine and we would watch them and if he was awake after the first 15 minutes, we would buy them.
Now, because these are co-productions and now I'm a few years older, we get scripts...if I'm awake after 15 pages of the script, we buy it."
She has been honoured for women in television in a series She Made It by the Paley Center for Media and on the PBS site, you can watch a video of Rebecca's introduction to the Inside the Complete Jane Austen. Wish I had her job....

Discussion with Rebecca for Massachussetts Historical Society regarding how history is presented in period drama at PBS Masterpiece > video

She has lended her talents as Executive Producer to the following films:

Downton Abbey (2010)
The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)
Oliver Twist (2007)
"Cranford" (2007) (mini)
My Boy Jack (2007)
A Room with a View (2007)
Persuasion (2007)
Northanger Abbey (2007)
Mansfield Park (2007)
The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)
"Jane Eyre" (2006) (mini)
"Bleak House" (1 episode, 2005)
"He Knew He Was Right" (2004) (mini)
Henry VIII (2003)
The Lost Prince (2003)
My Uncle Silas II (2003)
Daniel Deronda (2002)
Doctor Zhivago (2002)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)
"The Forsyte Saga" (2002) (mini)
Bertie and Elizabeth (2002)
"The Way We Live Now" (2001) (mini)
"The Cazalets" (2001) TV series
The Song of the Lark (2001)
"Love in a Cold Climate" (2001) (mini)
Take a Girl Like You (2000)
Lady Audley's Secret (2000)
"Anna Karenina" (2000) (mini)
Madame Bovary (2000)
The Turn of the Screw (1999)
David Copperfield (1999)
"Wives and Daughters" (1999) (mini)
"Oliver Twist" (1999) (mini)
All the King's Men (1999)
"Aristocrats" (1999) (mini)
Great Expectations (1999)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1998)
Mrs Brown (1997)
The Mill on the Floss (1997)
The Woman in White (1997)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)
A Royal Scandal (1996)
"Rhodes" (1996) (mini)
The Peacock Spring (1996)
Persuasion (1995)
"The Buccaneers" (1995) (mini)


  1. ...Ms. Eaton. I hope an additional production of Downton Abbey is being planned. May I ask if you will deal with further historic events that effect the families with in it' walls....Have you read anything on the late Gertrude Bell? She was responsible for Prince Amir Faysal being elevated to king of Iraq. She was a counter-part to T.E. Lawrance. I think the politically active youugest, from Downton Abbey would make a fine match.

  2. ...I meant to leave my contact name. I'm listed as "Anonymous said". This will be my contact name...'gasface'. 2/3/2011-4:48pm est.

  3. gasface, they will be filming a second season of Downton Abbey beginning in March. Do you have a question for Rebecca Eaton? Might I suggest you contact her at PBS?



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