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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

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

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham

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.

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

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.

Photo credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE

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

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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