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This is a combination memoir of Rebecca Eaton and of Masterpiece Theatre. I have long been a fan of Masterpiece theatre and love the theme music. It was fun to learn where and how the theme music came about and how the program began. Eaton weaves an absorbing story of her own life with that of the Masterpiece Theatre. Eaton tells of her early life as the daughter of a famous actress and a father who was a Shakespeare professor.
She tells of her apprenticeship with the BBC living in England and working for WGBH, the Boston affiliate of PBS. She tells about Downton Abbey and all the other famous mini-series presented over the years; she also includes her failures. Eaton tells of the establishment of Mystery and in 2010 obtaining Sherlock. Throughout the book Eaton comes off as a woman who is remarkable and unskeptical for a veteran TV executive; her love of her work comes through.
The book is well written and a delight to read. The book was well organized and the pace was perfect. The book is written in the first person. Eaton has actors and fellow staffers tell their personal anecdotes in the first person. For example: Diana Riggs discussed how she became the host of Mystery; various staff people and actors talked about what key roles they played and shared comments on Eaton. Made the memoir different and more interesting.
Meredith Mitchell does a good job narrating the book. Mitchell is a stage, film, television actress and audiobook narrator.
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I wasn't sure I was going to find this engaging, but I did, and it only took a few days to listen to. It was a pleasure to follow the back story of Masterpiece Theatre/Masterpiece over the years, and to learn a little of the behind-the-scenes information on how these shows came to be, the challenges along the way, the personalities involved, and so on.
I hesitated, wondering if an entire book of it would get boring. It didn't. Highly recommended.