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"Any Human Heart" starring Matthew Macfadyen to premiere on PBS' Masterpiece Classic February 2011

Each winter and spring, Masterpiece classic features signature period dramas. Masterpiece, the longest-running most honored drama series on primetime television, celebrates the start of its 40th season with a quintessential Masterpiece production, an updated version of an iconic classic and more. Laura Linney hosts.

Congrats to PBS Masterpiece on their 40th season! I love watching their period dramas especially when P&P 05 actors and their period films are featured and showing on PBS as well as any Jane Austen movies/miniseries, Elizabeth Gaskill, and Dickens related.

One of those dramas I highly anticipate and can't wait to see in the 2011 season schedule will be Any Human Heart, which stars our very own Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy) and Tom Hollander (Mr. Collins), former P&P co-stars in their 4th TV and film projects (Any Human Heart, Pride & Prejudice, Enigma, Maybe Baby) they appeared and co-starred together.

Here's the schedule for Any Human Heart on Masterpiece Classic...

February 13, 20 & 27, 2011 at 9pm
Any Human Heart
William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man — at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war, and spy — making his often precarious way through the 20th century. Matthew MacFadyen, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Kim Cattrall, Tom Hollander, and Jim Broadbent star.

 Check out a few more promotional stills featuring Matthew Macfadyen and Tom Hollander...

In other AHH news, it recently just aired in the UK's Channel 4 and now Amazon.co.uk has posted a portion of the making of 'Any Human Heart' video on their site, which includes interviews and behind-the-scenes shots with Matthew Macfadyen, Jim Broadbent, Hayley Atwell as well as other cast members (perhaps including Tom Hollander too!)

The DVD (Region 2 UK/Europe only) will be released December 27 and pre-orders are being taken now for guaranteed arrival. The behind the scenes portion is only available on the DVD, so, order yours today!

Here's the UK DVD features:

Special Features:
  • In Oxford with Sam Caflin
  • Matthew MacFayden on location in Spain
  • Interview with Jim Broadbent
  • Kim Cattrall on 'Gloria'
  • Gillian Anderson and Tom Hollander on playing the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
  • Hayley Atwell on 'Freya'
  • On the set of Any Human Heart
  • From paper to screen - William Boyd discusses Any Human Heart
Back to PBS' Masterpiece Classic, another scheduled in the 2011 season schedule prior to AHH, will be the encore presentation of another period war drama featuring Oscar nominated actress Carey Mulligan (Kitty Bennet), another one of our very own P&P actors whose period films are frequently featured on PBS' Masterpiece...

January 2, 2011
My Boy Jack
(encore presentation)
In 1914 England, patriotism is high in the early days of WWI, and writer Rudyard Kipling (David Haigh) is one of its most eloquent and passionate voices. John "Jack," (Daniel Radcliffe), Kipling's only son, is underage, hopelessly myopic, and eager to join the war effort. Kipling's outspoken American wife Carrie (Kim Cattrall) remains more sanguine on the course of the war, and the fate of her family. Also features Carey Mulligan as Jack's sister Elsie. My Boy Jack, based on a true story, tells of a nation at war, and offers an intimate portrait of one family's complex and divided experience in it.

Plus two more interesting BBC period dramas, Downton Abbey featuring Penelope Wilton (aka P&P 05's Mrs. Gardiner) starting January 9th and Downstairs Upstairs featuring Keeley Hawes (aka Mrs. Matthew Macfadyen) plus actors that previously co-starred with P&P actors such as Matthew Macfadyen (his wife Keeley Hawes in Ashes to Ashes and Spooks/MI-5 and Claire Foy in Little Dorrit), Judi Dench (Eileen Atkins in Cranford along with script writer Heide Thomas), and Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander and Penelope Wilton (Keeley Hawes also co-starred with them on Wives and Daughters)...

January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2011 at 9pm
Downton Abbey
Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, and starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton (as Isobel Crawley), Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, and many others.

Watch Video: including Maggie Smith & Penelope Wilton

April 10, 17 & 24, 2011 at 9pm
Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs is an updated version of one of the most-loved and most-honored series in television history. The series has a new cast of characters and Jean Marsh reprising her Emmy-winning role as Rose. The cast also includes the original series co-creator Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Keeley Hawes (Wives and Daughters, Spooks/MI-5), Ed Stoppard, Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown) with a script by Emmy-nominee Heidi Thomas (Cranford).


  1. Hopelessly myopic, and eager to participate in the war effort. Kipling's American wife outspoken Carrie (Kim Cattrall) is still more positive about the course of the war


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