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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 1

Season 1 airs Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 from 9 p.m. to 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 on KPBS TV

Above: The cast from DOWNTON ABBEY. 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.

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DON'T MISS THE DOWNTON ABBEY MARATHON: LABOR DAY WEEKEND:

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.

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Dame Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham from DOWNTON ABBEY.

SEASON 1:

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. Featuring an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Miss Austen Regrets”), Dame Maggie Smith ("Harry Potter") and Elizabeth McGovern. Laura Linney hosts.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1 repeats Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. - 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.

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Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley with Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley.

Episode 2 repeats Friday, Sept. 2 at 11 p.m. - As Matthew and Isobel, the newly-arrived Crawleys settle into life in the village, Isobel offers her experience with modern medical techniques at the hospital, to the considerable consternation of Violet. Both Matthew and Mary bristle at the prospect of being matched to one another; still, Matthew indulges Mary's clever barbs even as a suitor in the form of Evelyn Napier is invited for a foxhunt, accompanied by the handsome attaché at the Turkish Embassy, Kemal Pamuk.

Downstairs, secrets reflect the ambitions, shames and desperate hopes of the servants, as housemaid Gwen tries to hide the contents of a heavy box set atop the wardrobe in her room; Carson abandons his customary dignity as he skittishly raids the pantry; and Bates refuses to share the source of his debilitating pain to his co-workers. Their concern and camaraderie markedly contrast the festering discontent of Thomas and O'Brien.

A sinister stranger barges into the house, demanding to speak to Lord Grantham, and an attractive stranger captivates Mary before setting into motion a chain of events that put the fate of Downton Abbey on even less stable ground.

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Rose Leslie as Gwen and Siobhan Finneran as O’Brien.

Episode 3 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:55 a.m. - 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.

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Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates and Joanne Froggatt as Anna.

Episode 4 repeats Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2:50 a.m. In the final episode of Season One, 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.

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LISTEN TO DOWNTON ABBEY PODCAST EPISODES:

The podcast will give an insider's view to DOWNTON ABBEY, one of the most popular shows presented on MASTERPIECE. These intimate conversations with the cast and creators of DOWNTON ABBEY explore their experiences and inspirations, and dissect the exciting twists and turns of these shows. These extensive interviews led to some surprising and personal stories that even the most ardent fans of the shows have never heard before.

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These episodes originally aired in 2011.

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Series Trailer: MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey

MASTERPIECE's 40th anniversary season premieres with a quintessentially MASTERPIECE production, DOWNTON ABBEY, an Edwardian-era spellbinder created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"). Starring Hugh Bonneville ("Notting Hill"), Maggie Smith ("Harry Potter"), Elizabeth McGovern ("A Room with a View"), Dan Stevens ("Sense & Sensibility") and a country-house full of other great actors, the miniseries set audience records during its recent UK broadcast and was hailed as "a sumptuous, instantly riveting glimpse of a world—and family—on the verge of profound change" by the London Daily Telegraph.

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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 1 Preview

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.

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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 2: Preview

It is 1916, and World War I has shaken Downton Abbey to its very foundations. As a way of life is forever blasted apart, both heroes and villains struggle to survive and forge ahead. Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern return with a stellar ensemble cast in the voraciously-anticipated Season 2 of DOWNTON ABBEY from Primetime Emmy Award®-winning writer Julian Fellowes.

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DOWNTON ABBEY: Season Three Preview

Downton Abbey, Season 4 Preview

A first look at scenes from Downton Abbey Season 4 on MASTERPIECE. (Downton Abbey Season 4 premieres Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS.)

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DOWNTON ABBEY Season 5: Official Trailer

Every secret has a price. See what's behind closed doors when DOWNTON ABBEY Season 5 premieres Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #DowntonPBS

Downton Abbey, The Final Season: Official Trailer

This January: You're invited! The Final Season of Downton Abbey premieres Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. #DowntonPBS

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DOWNTON ABBEY: The Best Maggie Moments

Watch the best Maggie Smith moments of DOWNTON ABBEY.

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DOWNTON ABBEY: Hugh Bonneville Interview

Watch an interview with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert, Earl of Grantham in DOWNTON ABBEY. 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.

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