Rebecca Eaton's New Book
After 25 years as the Executive Producer of PBS's world famous Masterpiece television show, Rebecca Eaton has finally come out with her own story entitled, Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Making of Masterpiece and Mystery on PBS (published by Viking). Masterpiece is the longest running prime-time television drama in American history. And we Angofile Canadians have been avid viewers. It started by adapting classic literature by authors like Austen, Dickens and Middlemarch, and crime mystery writers like Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Anthony Horowitz into multi-part episodes played weekly on PBS that has set the bar on quality of television production values.
The foreword to the book is written by Kenneth Branagh. Inside are stories and pictures of Rebecca and her family along with many of the players of Masterpiece productions over the years; from hosts Alistair Cooke, Diana Rigg, Russell Baker and Alan Cumming to writers/screenwriters: Andrew Davies, Tony Hillerman, Julian Fellowes and actors Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch to name but a few. It has the feel of thumbing through a family album, as we invited each of them into our living rooms every Sunday night gathering at the appointed time dutifully.
Anyone who's a fan of the show is defacto a fan of Rebecca, as this book will attest. We learn about her
January 18, 2014 — east coast upbringing - her father was an MIT graduate and English Professor, her mother was an actress. Her education and apprenticeship at the BBC World Service provided expertise and connections. She gives an encapsulation of Masterpiece from its beginnings to the present day. Through it all Rebecca has been at the production helm for 25 of its 42 year span. She's overseen the transition to the digital age with the Masterpiece website, streaming online and enriched content and depicting behind the scenes interviews with actors, screenwriters and production members. There's a Masterpiece book club with topics covering the original material and steps of adapting for television.
As a Masterpiece partner, Bookbuffet has been given several copies of Making of Masterpiece to give away to our readers. Just write an email telling us about your book group's favourite Masterpiece production with your mailing address included and we'll add you to the draw to win one of these copies. The draw will be announced in exactly one month's time Feb 18th, 2014.