THIS AUGUST PBS DISTRIBUTION
PREMIERES THE FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM,
FROM THE WRITER AND DIRECTOR
OF “DOWNTON ABBEY”
ON THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
Arlington, VA – August 8, 2019 – This August, PBS Distribution will begin streaming “The Chaperone” on
the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel. Based on Laura Moriarty’s beloved New York Times best-
selling novel, the film reunites the writer (Academy Award®-winner Julian Fellowes), director (Michael
Engler) and star (Academy Award® nominee Elizabeth McGovern) of Downton Abbey for an immersive
and richly emotional period piece. “The Chaperone” also stars Campbell Scott, Géza Röhrig, Miranda Otto,
Robert Fairchild, and Blythe Danner. The subscription rate for PBS Masterpiece is $5.99/month with an
Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. “The Chaperone” will also be streaming in PBS Passport, a
digital member benefit available through local stations. Every purchase helps support public television for
Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the
restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in
Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go
to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone.
Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life,
impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.
August 10, 2019
Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan
with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight
wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises—about who these women
really are, and who they eventually become.
“The Chaperone” is a co-production of MASTERPIECE and Fibonacci Films.
About MASTERPIECE Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 16 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night
viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is
provided by Viking with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Presented
on PBS by WGBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent hits such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved
classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.
About PBS Distribution
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