Phi­lan­thropist gives $1M to PBS’ ‘Mas­ter­piece’

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

Even the landed gen­try of “Down­ton Abbey” would be im­pressed: A phi­lan­thropist is giv­ing $1 mil­lion to PBS’ “Mas­ter­piece,” U.S. home of the Bri­tish up­stairs-down­stairs drama se­ries.

The gift is the largest yet for the Mas­ter­piece Trust, a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive started last year, PBS said Wed­nes­day. The donor is Dar­lene Shi­ley of San Diego, who pre­vi­ously gave $250,000 to sup­port “Mas­ter­piece,” the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The drama show­case scored a hit with the sec­ond sea­son of “Down­ton Abbey,” which drew a to­tal of 17 mil­lion view­ers to make it the most­watched “Mas­ter­piece” minis­eries on record, PBS said.

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