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Masterpiece: For Your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

In January 2021, Masterpiece Theatre began its 50th anniversary season on PBS, cementing its enduring popularity on American television. Judging by the films and television shows that we see going in and out at the library, many of you are enjoying the wide range of entertainment offered by Masterpiece over the years. The award-winning drama series continues to feature new shows that quickly become beloved, and we have a few of the new highly anticipated DVDs freshly stocked on our library shelves for you to check out soon! We're celebrating Masterpiece's 50th anniversary with this reading and viewing list to help you discover Masterpiece programs from the last fifty years, as well as the books on which many of them were based. Whether you want to curl up with a novel or relax in front of the screen, keep scrolling to find a good way to while away the hours. All of these DVDs and books (and more Masterpiece titles) can be requested for curbside pickup. Immerse yourself in a world of British productions, classic adaptations, and exciting original dramas!

All Creatures Great and Small (Book, DVD coming soon)

Arthur & George (Book, DVD)

The Child in Time (Book, DVD)

Death Comes to Pemberley (Book, DVD)

The Durrells in Corfu (Book: My Family and Other Animals, DVD)

Far from the Madding Crowd (Book, DVD)

Grantchester (Book: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, DVD)

Howard’s End (Book, DVD)

I, Claudius (Book, DVD)

Jane Eyre (Book, DVD)

Les Misérables (Book, DVD)

Little Women (Book, DVD)

The Long Song (Book, DVD coming soon)

The Miniaturist (Book, DVD)

Miss Marple (Book: The Murder at the Vicarage, DVD)

Northanger Abbey (Book, DVD)

Poirot (Book: Peril at End House, DVD)

Poldark (Book: Ross Poldark, DVD)

A Room with a View (Book, DVD)

Sanditon (Book, DVD)

Sherlock (Book, DVD)

Wallander (Book: Firewall, DVD)

Wuthering Heights (Book, DVD)

Beecham House


The Chaperone

Churchill’s Secret

Dark Angel

Downton Abbey


Home Fires

Indian Summers

Inspector Lewis

King Charles III

Man in an Orange Shirt

Miss Scarlet and the Duke (coming soon)

Mr. Selfridge

Mrs. Wilson

My Mother & Other Strangers

Prime Suspect: Tennison


Upstairs, Downstairs


Emma, Jane Austen

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Cousin Bette, Honoré de Balzac

The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper

Sharpe’s Triumph, Bernard Cornwell

To Serve Them All My Days, R.F. Delderfield

Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

Middlemarch, George Eliot

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

The Man of Property (The Forsyte Saga), John Galsworthy

Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey

The Flame Trees of Thika, Elspeth Huxley

The Spoils of Poynton, Henry James

Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

Small Island, Andrea Levy

How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellynl

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

Cakes and Ale, W. Somerset Maugham

The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford

Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy L. Sayers

A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Downton Abbey: a celebration, Jessica Fellowes

Making Masterpiece: 25 years behind the scenes at Masterpiece and Mystery! On PBS, Rebecca Eaton

The Sherlock Files: the official companion to the hit television series, Guy Adams

Masterpiece: America’s 50-year-old love affair with British television drama, Nancy West

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