Making Masterpiece by Rebecca Eaton audiobook

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS

By Rebecca Eaton , with Patricia Mulcahy
Preface by Kenneth Branagh
Read by Meredith Mitchell

Blackstone Publishing 9780670015351
9.43 Hours Unabridged
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The EmmyAward–winning producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! revealsthe secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hitprograms. For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eatonhas presided over PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest-running weeklyprime-time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs,Downstairs and The Buccaneers to the hugely popular InspectorMorse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre andits sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans ofquality drama. Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers,and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes about her decades-longcareer. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranfordand the multiple, highly rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as wellas her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media andonline streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and otherluminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, BenedictCumberbatch, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first television role was as the titlecharacter in David Copperfield. Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personallevel. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth-centurynovels and culture, and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton waspractically born to lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises.Making Masterpiece marks the first time the driving force behind theenduring flagship show reveals all.

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Summary

Summary

The EmmyAward–winning producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! revealsthe secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hitprograms.

For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eatonhas presided over PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest-running weeklyprime-time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits Upstairs,Downstairs and The Buccaneers to the hugely popular InspectorMorse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre andits sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans ofquality drama.

Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers,and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes about her decades-longcareer. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranfordand the multiple, highly rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as wellas her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media andonline streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and otherluminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, BenedictCumberbatch, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first television role was as the titlecharacter in David Copperfield.

Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personallevel. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth-centurynovels and culture, and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton waspractically born to lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises.Making Masterpiece marks the first time the driving force behind theenduring flagship show reveals all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Eaton reminisces about the show and its numerous notable actors; but she does much more, serving up penetrating interviews with the writers, directors, producers, and other participants in a show that has been credited with revitalizing interest in nineteenth-century classics…[and] also discusses how the recent popularity of Masterpiece series like Prime Suspense, Inspector Morris, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey have revitalized its offerings.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“Eaton tells the series’ story with the help of dozens of the men and women who contributed, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, to its success. In addition to these sometimes charming, sometimes bawdy anecdotes…A pleasing blend of memoir and retrospective with a wide audience appeal.” Library Journal
“Chronicling her twenty-five-year career with PBS, Eaton provides a behind-the-camera look into the creative process involved in producing Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!…A delightful trek into the world of TV production and a substantive treat for the truly addicted PBS fan.” Kirkus Reviews
“[A] thoroughly engaging memoir…Eaton stepped into her role in 1985, and she shares her successes here…She is equally candid about her missteps…Eaton is a warm and witty guide to Masterpiece Theatre’s storied history, and this lively memoir will appeal equally to Downton diehards and longtime Masterpiece loyalists.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Rebecca Eaton

Author Bio: Rebecca Eaton

Rebecca Eaton has been executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! for more than twenty-five years. She has won multiple Emmys for her work. She lives in Boston.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 9.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English