The cast of "Downton Abbey"

Rebecca Eaton has been at the helm of the PBS series “Masterpiece” for over 25 years. Her most recent successes include “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.” We’ll talk to Eaton about how she picks winners like “Prime Suspect” starring Helen Mirren and adapts classics like “Bleak House” and “Pride and Prejudice.” We’ll also discuss modernizing one of television’s oldest brands and that infamous “Downton Abbey” season finale that left more than a few fans angry.

Interview Highlights

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS' "Masterpiece" series and co-producer of shows such as "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock"

  • Bob Fry

    What happend to “Sherlock”? I haven’t seen new episodes for a couple of years.

    • Patty

      Bob, the third episode of season 3 of “Sherlock” is just being filmed. BBC hasn’t announced an airdate yet, but we should get it in the States late this year or early next year.

  • Bill_Woods

    I heard that season 3 was a case of ‘real life writes the plot’; i.e. a couple of actors wanted to leave the show. Is that correct?

  • trite

    I’m afraid I don’t like Alan Cumming (too supercilious and arch) . Also, the terms British and English are not interchangeable.

  • Carolynn Varner

    Oh, to say the least. I was so mad at how season 3 ended with Julian killing off Matthew like that.

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