Who was the original host of Masterpiece Classic?
In 2008, Masterpiece (the word Theatre being dropped) was split into three different sections – Mystery!, Contemporary and Classic, each with its own host. I’m sure you can name the current host but think back seven years and tell me who performed the original hosting duties on Masterpiece Classic. Can’t recall? It was Gillian Anderson. Yes, the X-Files actress. But it’s not a stretch for her to host Masterpiece since she had been in an adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House just a few years earlier.
As far as the other hosts of the various Masterpiece series – we’ll save those for another time.