Downton Abbey airs on the venerable PBS show "Masterpiece", which is produced right here in Boston. It is PBS's highest rated drama of all time. But Masterpiece executive producer, Rebecca Eaton, tells us, when the Downton script first came her way, she initially decided against putting the show on PBS .
Downton Abbey has reinvigorated and transformed Masterpiece, a broadcasting cultural icon that's been bringing British drama to American homes for more than 40 years.
Rebecca Eaton, author of the new book "Making Masterpiece: 25 years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS."
This segment aired on October 29, 2013.