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Airdates for Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey on PBS

Downton Abbey kicks off Masterpiece Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebration with airings on four consecutive Sundays. The drama aired in seven parts on ITV, but apparently, PBS decided to combine them for American audiences!

Sunday, January 9, 2010, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

EPISODE ONE: Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), “Downton Abbey” depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912. Featuring an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Miss Austen Regrets”), Dame Maggie Smith (Harry Potter) and Elizabeth McGovern. Laura Linney hosts.

Sunday, January 16, 2010, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

EPISODE TWO: Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat whose boldness leads to a surprising event. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked and Bates risks his health to remain valet.

Sunday, January 23, 2010, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

EPISODE THREE: Growing into his role as heir, Matthew brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith. Servants Thomas and O’Brien scheme against Bates, while head housemaid Anna is increasingly attracted to him. Lady Violet’s winning streak in the flower show is threatened.

Sunday, January 30, 2010, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET

EPISODE FOUR: The heir crisis at Downton Abbey takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, rumors fly about Mary’s virtue. Her sister Sybil takes a risk in her secret political life. Anna unearths Bates’ mysterious past and O’Brien and Thomas plot their exit strategy.

Stay tuned for reviews of the episodes and a bit of historical background when the drama airs January 2011!

Premiere of Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey cast

For my lucky UK readers, Downton Abbey, ITV’s new costume drama series, premieres tonight at 9 pm. We Americans shall have to cool our heels until PBS airs the mini-series in January, as part of their celebration of Masterpiece Theater’s 40th anniversary (and we can look forward to the remake of Upstairs, Downstairs, penned by Heidi Thomas [“Cranford”], in April!).

The drama is written and created by Julian Fellowes and stars Dame Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert’s wife, Cora, the Countess of Grantham. They lead an all-star cast, which also includes Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt, as well as new and emerging actors, Rose Leslie, Sophie McShera, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Brown Findlay and Thomas Howes. Guest stars include Robert Bathurst, Samantha Bond, Allen Leech, David Robb, Brendan Patrick and Theo James.

Download the lavishly detailed Press Release here, and visit the Enchanted Serenity of Period Films and the unofficial fansite for a spectacular source of photos, interviews, and much more.

Read on for a summary of the first episode
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Period Film Alert: Downton Abbey

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From ITV’s Official Press Release:

Dame Maggie Smith & Hugh Bonneville lead the cast of Julian Fellowes’ major new drama series DOWNTON ABBEY

The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear, that it seems as if the way of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won’t.

ITV’s new costume drama series, Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes and made by Carnival Films for ITV will star Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert’s wife, Cora, Countess of Grantham.

They will lead an all-star cast, which also includes: Penelope Wilton, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Siobhan Finneran, Rob James Collier, Joanne Froggatt and Rose Leslie.

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