New York, New York : Viking, 2013.
xvi, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Letters from Main -- The curtain rises -- Upstairs, Downstairs take one -- Apprenticeship -- The learning curve -- Mastering Masterpiece Theatre -- The balancing act -- A changing of the guard -- Pitching the pitchers -- Dark days -- Made in America -- Dusting off the jewel -- But what does an executive producer do all day? -- The road to Downton Abbey -- Downton Abbey -- The Downton effect.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.