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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 2

Season 2 airs Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 from 4:50 a.m. - 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Shown from L-R: Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham.

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For those suffering from DOWNTON ABBEY withdrawal, missing their weekly dose of the joys and travails of the Crawley family and their servants, despair no longer. KPBS has scheduled a binge-worthy Labor Day weekend marathon of all six seasons of the top PBS drama of all time, the most popular series in MASTERPIECE’s 45-year history and one of the most-watched dramas on American television.

Kicking off on Friday evening, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. and concluding on Monday, Sept. 5, this round-the-clock celebration features every enthralling moment of the unforgettable series. Plump the cushions, pour the sherry and settle back into the world of the witty Dowager Countess and her “frenemy” Isobel, the Crawley sisters and their below stairs counterparts, for all the romance, intrigue, heartbreak and happiness DOWNTON provides.

The Crawleys meet the war head on. Shown from L-R: Dan Stevens as Matthew Cra...
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Above: The Crawleys meet the war head on. Shown from L-R: Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Julian Wadham as General Sir Herbert Strutt, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, David Robb as Dr. Clarkson, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham

Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora.
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Above: Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora.

Siobhan Finneran as O'Brien and Rob James-Collier as Thomas plotting away in ...
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Above: Siobhan Finneran as O'Brien and Rob James-Collier as Thomas plotting away in "Downton Abbey."

Brendan Coyle as John Bates and Joanne Froggatt as Anna Smith.
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Above: Brendan Coyle as John Bates and Joanne Froggatt as Anna Smith.


Multiple Emmy winner (including Outstanding Miniseries!) DOWNTON ABBEY resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era.

The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis. Laura Linney hosts.


Episode 1 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4:50 a.m. - Two years into World War I, Downton Abbey is in turmoil, as Matthew and other young men go to war — or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed.

Episode 2 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:20 a.m. - Downton is turned into a convalescent home with Thomas in charge. Meanwhile, Lavinia and Sir Richard’s secret comes out, Anna tracks down Bates and Branson seizes his chance to strike a blow for Ireland.

Episode 3 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m. - Isobel and Cora lock horns over control of Downton’s medical role. Mrs. Bird starts a soup kitchen. And Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines.

Episode 4 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 9:50 a.m. - In the climactic battle of the war, Matthew and William go over the top to an uncertain fate. Vera plays a cruel endgame with Bates and Anna. And Daisy faces the severest test of her life.

Episode 5 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11:10 a.m. - Lord Grantham receives some terrible news from the front line which will impact on everyone at Downton. It looks as though the future of the entire family could be under threat as the greedy Vera Bates threatens to expose all the secrets that she knows about the Crawley family.

Episode 6 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:30 p.m. - The Spanish flu strikes Downton, disrupting one match, hastening another and transforming the fortunes of all. Mary, Sybil and Robert each confront a moment of truth. Anna and Bates know a moment of happiness.

Episode 7 air repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2:50 p.m. - In the finale, the family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

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