Rank #1: Picnics & Murders...Grantchester is Back!
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.
Rank #2: Grantchester Reveals New Character, New Season Theme
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.
Rank #3: Jenna Coleman Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Victoria
Warning: The show contains "Victoria" Season 1, Episode 1 spoilers.
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.
Rank #4: Shaun Evans Remains The Vital Heart Of Endeavour Morse’s Oxford
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.
Rank #5: Secrets of Grantchester with Author James Runcie
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.
Rank #6: Angela Lansbury Is A Woman Of Her Time In '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.
Rank #7: Rufus Sewell on Lord Melbourne’s Appeal
Warning: The show contains "Victoria" Season 1, Episode 3 spoilers.
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.
Rank #8: Aidan Turner's Ready for Poldark, Season 2. Are you?
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.
Rank #9: Jenna Coleman Reflects On A Truly Royal Season
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.
Rank #10: Daisy Goodwin Sketches Out Dramatic Tensions In 'Victoria,' Season Three
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.
Rank #11: Poldark’s Gabriella Wilde Prepares For A Season Of Big Surprises
Warning: This episode contains Poldark spoilers.
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..
Rank #12: Julian Morris Isn't Afraid To Play Complicated Characters
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.
Rank #13: Heidi Thomas Prepares To 'Call The Midwife,' Again
For six years and six seasons of television, screenwriter Heidi Thomas has explored the challenges of 1950s-era British midwifery. Now, as the seventh season of her PBS drama Call the Midwife heads to air just ahead of her upcoming MASTERPIECE adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Thomas explores how a charming midwife’s memoirs became an unlikely global success story.
Rank #14: Jenna Coleman & Tom Hughes Relive Their On-Screen Romance
Warning: This show contains "Victoria" Season 1 finale spoilers.
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.
Rank #15: Inspector Morse's Legacy Lives On
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.
Rank #16: Kiss & Make Up: Grantchester's Season Finale
Warning: This show contains "Grantchester" Season 2, finale spoilers.
From punches to pranks, "Grantchester's" James Norton (Sidney) and Robson Green (Geordie) had a wild time together filming Season 2.
Now in the wake of "Grantchester's" season finale, the dynamic duo returns to recap this season's most dramatic moments and reveal their most entertaining, behind-the-scenes stories.
Rank #17: Daisy Coulam Previews A Season Of Change In Grantchester
After a two-year gap, the crime-solving Rev. Sidney Chambers of *Grantchester *is back on the case — only to leave the village in pursuit of love and social justice abroad. We speak to series creator, head writer and executive producer Daisy Coulam about James Norton's final day on set, Robson Green's tearful goodbye to his on-screen partner and how it felt to write in Tom Brittney's new main character, the Rev. Will Davenport. Coulam also gives a preview of the mysteries still to come on this upcoming fourth season.
Rank #18: "Too Late" For Sidney and Amanda?
Warning: This show contains "Grantchester" Season 2, Episode 4 spoilers.
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.
Rank #19: Laurence Fox Is A Devilishly Charming Lord Palmerston
Laurence Fox is well known to MASTERPIECE viewers after his eight seasons on the beloved series *Inspector Lewis*, so his appearance on Victoria as the devious UK Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, is a welcome return to the screen. Fox offers hints as to how he and actor Jordan Waller got up to mischief on set, as well as how the cane-twirling Lord Palmerston came to find himself with a cane in the series.
Rank #20: Benedict Cumberbatch Strives For Simple Answers In Complex 'Child' Drama
Benedict Cumberbatch heads the cast of The Child in Time — and his new production company took the lead behind the scenes, as well. It's not Cumberbatch's first experience with author Ian McEwan's work — he appeared in the 2007 feature film, *Atonement. *Like so many readers, Cumberbatch appreciates the 'cinematic' qualities of McEwan's novels. The busy actor stopped by for a chat about time, trauma and the subtle beauties of the everyday.