Rank #1: Grantchester Reveals New Character, New Season Theme
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Season Four of *Grantchester.
The beloved MASTERPIECE Mystery! series, Grantchester, is set to return to your screens in summer 2019. In the upcoming fourth season of the show, lead actor James Norton — and his character, the Rev. Sidney Chambers — is set to leave the idyllic Cambridgeshire village. Taking his place in the Grantchester parish is actor Tom Brittney, who will play the Rev. Will Davenport, an affable, energetic new arrival on the village green. In an exclusive interview with MASTERPIECE Studio, *Grantchester *creator Daisy Coulam reveals what to expect in the upcoming fourth season, and what fans have to look forward to with their new parish priest.
Jun 28 2018
Rank #2: Picnics & Murders...Grantchester is Back!
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One of the Second Season of Grantchester.
Handsome vicar Sidney Chambers and gruff detective Geordie Keating are back on the beat, solving mysteries in the idyllic town of Grantchester all while battling demons of their own.
We'll sit down with Sidney and Geordie -- James Norton and Robson Green -- for an in-depth look at what's in store for "Grantchester’s" second season.
Mar 24 2016
Rank #3: Jenna Coleman Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Victoria
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episodes One and Two of the First Season of Victoria.
Though MASTERPIECE's new period drama, "Victoria," is based on actual, 19th century history, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Did Victoria and Lord Melbourne actually have a "special relationship"? And what was Queen Victoria's coronation really like? Actor Jenna Coleman and "Victoria" writer Daisy Goodwin join us to answer these questions surrounding the series premiere and more.
Jan 16 2017
Rank #4: Aidan Turner's Ready for Poldark, Season 2. Are you?
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One of the Second Season of Poldark.
Season 2 of "Poldark" is just around the corner! So what's in store for Ross, Demelza, and the rest of the Cornwall crew? On this episode, Aidan Turner looks back on Season 1 -- including Ross's shirtless scything scene -- and shares a few Season 2 secrets with us to get us ready to watch the premiere.
Sep 23 2016
Rank #5: Debbie Horsfield And Robin Ellis Say Goodbye To Poldark
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Eight of the Fifth Season of Poldark.
For Poldark creator, writer and executive producer Debbie Horsfield, there was never any question as to whether or not the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis, would come back for the series finale of her adaptation of Winston Graham's novels. Horsfield and Ellis both say goodbye to Ross and company in a final podcast episode.
Nov 18 2019
Rank #6: Secrets of Grantchester with Author James Runcie
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Two of the Second Season of Grantchester.
Grantchester is a real town in the English countryside, but the crime-solving adventures of Sidney and Geordie exist only in the mind of author James Runcie whose book series, "The Grantchester Mysteries," serves as the inspiration for the Masterpiece program.
In this episode, Runcie talks about meeting James Norton, tells us how Amanda Kendall came to be, and reveals secrets on the making of the show.
Apr 04 2016
Rank #7: Julian Morris Isn't Afraid To Play Complicated Characters
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for *Man In An Orange Shirt.
Actor Julian Morris is known for his darker characters — psychopaths, social outcasts and the like, who float around the edges of decent, common society. He says he loves the bombast such roles offer, but the pain and shame of his Adam Berryman in the new MASTERPIECE production, Man In An Orange Shirt, is a different kind of challenge. Morris reveals what drew him to the role, what is was like to work with Vanessa Redgrave, and more.
Jun 18 2018
Rank #8: Daisy Goodwin Sketches Out Dramatic Tensions In 'Victoria,' Season Three
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One of Season Three of *Victoria.
Victoria creator, head writer and executive producer Daisy Goodwin already knows the real history of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s lengthy reign on the throne. But it’s in the intimate perils of the day-to-day where her series finds its true highs and lows. Goodwin joins MASTERPIECE Studio with a special preview of the new third season, and offers some tantalizing hints on the historical drama on the horizon for the young Queen.
Jan 14 2019
Rank #9: Rufus Sewell on Lord Melbourne’s Appeal
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Four of the First Season of Victoria.
Although many people have been rooting for Lord Melbourne and Victoria to end up together, history decided a different fate for the pair. Rufus Sewell, the actor who plays Lord M, joins us to reveal his own “mixed feelings” about being replaced by actor Tom Hughes and his character, Prince Albert, and weighs in on audiences’ reactions to Lord Melbourne.
Jan 30 2017
Rank #10: Eleanor Tomlinson Dishes on Demelza
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One and Two of the Second Season of Poldark.
In the wake of "Poldark's" tense, Season 2 premiere, Eleanor Tomlinson sits down with us to talk about playing the fiery Demelza Poldark and Demelza and Ross's future together: the good, the bad, and the baby.
Sep 26 2016
Rank #11: Bonus: Keeley Hawes Reflects On A Season Of Magical 'Durrells' Moments
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Six of Season Two of *The Durrells in Corfu.
Louisa Durrell let another love interest pass her by at the end of The Durrells In Corfu’s season two. Along the way, however, she might have been reminded where her true loyalty lies: with her family. Actor Keely Hawes says “the Durrells are very good at change,” and she looks ahead to the upcoming third season in a special bonus episode of the podcast.
Nov 22 2017
Rank #12: Shaun Evans is His Own Endeavour Morse
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Four of the Third Season of Endeavour.
Although young D.C. Morse is not the first version of the iconic detective to grace the screen, in the aftermath of one of the most intense episodes of "Endeavour" to date, it's clear that Shaun Evans' take on the famous character is a memorable one all the same.
Five years after agreeing to play the part of the young Endeavour Morse, Shaun Evans reveals what it was that attracted him to the role, explains how "Endeavour" is like "Sex and the City," and answers our most burning questions about the third season finale.
Jul 11 2016
Rank #13: Shaun Evans Remains The Vital Heart Of Endeavour Morse’s Oxford
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Two of Season Six of *Endeavour.
In this sixth season of Endeavour, series lead Shaun Evans slips behind the camera for a change in a dramatic second episode. It’s a move that Evans found easy — and one he hopes to have the opportunity to continue elsewhere in his career. He explains how he did it — and how his Endeavour Morse continues to crack complicated cases — in our new interview.
Jun 24 2019
Rank #14: Poldark’s Gabriella Wilde Prepares For A Season Of Big Surprises
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episodes One and Two of Season Three of *Poldark.
Poldark’s Caroline Penvenen, the beautiful heiress with a generous heart, has secrets in store in the upcoming third season of the series. Actor Gabriella Wilde offers hints of the stories yet to come for her character, and reveals what it was like to film with her newborn child on set — as well as which of the dogs playing Horace the Pug she prefers..
Oct 02 2017
Rank #15: Angela Lansbury Is A Woman Of Her Time In 'Little Women'
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One of *Little Women.
Dame Angela Lansbury has been an acting icon for more than 70 years, bringing character and charm to stage and screen alike. The brand new MASTERPIECE adaptation of Little Women, where she plays the peppery Aunt March, is her first appearance with our program. She takes us through highlights of her prodigious career, reveals what she learned on the *Little Women *set, and gives a preview of her role in the upcoming film, Mary Poppins Returns.
May 06 2018
Rank #16: Jenna Coleman & Tom Hughes Relive Their On-Screen Romance
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Eight of the First Season of Victoria.
In the aftermath of a season finale that tested the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, we’re talking to “Victoria” stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes about what it is like to play a royal couple whose love story is – quite literally – one for the history books.
Mar 06 2017
Rank #17: Jenna Coleman Reflects On A Truly Royal Season
*Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Eight of Season Three of *Victoria.
Victoria star Jenna Coleman lead a smashing third season of the series, with her royal character growing in roles both maternal and majestic. As the season wraps up, Coleman explores how the young Queen struggles to keep control of her country and her growing family, and reflects on the highlights of a thrilling eight episodes.
Mar 04 2019
Rank #18: Inspector Morse's Legacy Lives On
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode One of the Third Season of Endeavour.
Back in 1987, actor John Thaw brought the endearingly cantankerous Inspector Morse to life on screen for the first time. Now, nearly 30 years later, John Thaw's daughter helps to keep that legacy alive.
This is the story of how Abigail Thaw came to play Dorothea Frazil in the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour, just in time for Endeavour's third season premiere.
Jun 17 2016
Rank #19: Rose Williams’ Charlotte Heywood Is A Bold Austen Heroine For A New Era
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episodes One and Two of the First Season of Sanditon.
As she prepared for her role as the ambitious Charlotte Heywood in MASTERPIECE’s Sanditon, actor Rose Williams went deep into Jane Austen’s literary catalogue of heroines. Her Charlotte is an entirely new creation, and one that both respects the Austen pantheon and brings new light to familiar literary tropes. Williams previews the exciting series to come, and gives special insight to this story by the sea.
Jan 13 2020
Rank #20: "Too Late" For Sidney and Amanda?
Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Episode Four of the Second Season of Grantchester.
Amanda -- a wealthy debutante -- and Sidney -- an Anglican vicar -- have managed to keep their relationship alive despite social conventions of the ‘50s. But now, it seems like a baby -- if not their significant others -- may actually keep "Grantchester's" star-crossed lovers apart.
In this episode, we turn to actor Morven Christie, who plays Amanda, to get the inside scoop on the future of Amanda and Sidney’s relationship, what it's like to be a woman in the entertainment industry, and why Amanda's story is one that needs to be told.
Apr 18 2016