Glenda Jackson film to launch PBS' 'Masterpiece' anniversary

  • FILE - Glenda Jackson arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 10, 2018.  Jackson will star in "Elizabeth is Missing", a BAFTA-nominated mystery, kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the MASTERPIECE series, premiering on Sunday, January 3, 2021 on PBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - Glenda Jackson arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 10, 2018. Jackson will star in "Elizabeth is Missing", a BAFTA-nominated mystery, kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the MASTERPIECE series, premiering on Sunday, January 3, 2021 on PBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/29/2020 8:23 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Acclaimed actress Glenda Jackson will launch the 50th season of PBS' 'œMasterpiece' drama showcase next year.

The film 'œElizabeth is Missing,' with Jackson as a woman in search of a vanished friend even as she copes with dementia, will air Jan. 3. It's based on the Emma Healey novel of the same name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Jackson, 84, is a two-time Oscar winner, for 'œWomen in Love' and 'œA Touch of Class."

'œMasterpiece,' from WGBH Boston and among TV's longest-running weekly prime-time series, has been home to award-winning shows including 'œDownton Abbey' and 'œSherlock.'

The anniversary season also will include 'œAll Creatures Great and Small,' a new seven-part series based on James Herriot's books about his adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s England.

The series is set for a January debut. A 1970s adaptation of Herriot's work was a public TV hit.

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