- Parent Category: News
- Category: Location News
- Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 19:51
- Written by By Margie & Frank Barron
Rebecca Eaton, who has executive produced “Masterpiece” on PBS since the 1980s, has teamed with the BBC on the best of British drama. Season three of “Downton Abbey” was a tremendous success, and the much-anticipated fourth season will begin in January 2014. Other returning “Masterpiece” productions include “Call the Midwife,” “Mr. Selfridge” and “Foyle’s War,” plus the debut of “The Paradise.” Eaton praises all these period pieces as a credit to U.K. film industry craftsmen. She also has announced two new “Masterpiece” miniseries for 2014: “Breathless” (a medical drama co-produced with ITV Studios in London) and “Death Comes to Pemberley” (a “Pride and Prejudice” sequel produced by Origin Pictures in London).
The top-rated “Downton Abbey” shoots at the Highclere Castle, which is just outside of Newbury and a short drive from London. “I’m proud that we have encouraged other stately homes in England to open their doors to productions,” says Executive Producer Gareth Neame, “which, in fact, give them another revenue source that can save them and keep them in the families that have cared for them for generations, some for a thousand years. And those historic English manors have spawned tourism, which also aids in their upkeep, all because of the interest in ‘Downton Abbey’ around the world, thanks to Creator/Writer Julian Fellowes.” Neame also notes the show’s very different kind of production model: “We shoot from February to August, and our actors and production team have half the year for other projects, and we don’t restrict them.”