Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - Part One (Season One)
Airs Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published January 6, 2011 at 1:19 p.m., updated October 18, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.
Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), “Downton Abbey,” a four-part series, depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.
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In the first episode, when the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs and his daughter Mary loses her fiance, throwing Downton Abbey and its servants into turmoil. The new heir turns out to be Matthew, a lowly lawyer with novel ideas about country life.
This episode originally aired in 2011.
All episodes from season two of "Downton Abbey" will rebroadcast beginning December 2nd through December 30, 2012.
*Season three will premiere in January 2013! Watch a preview below.