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
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
These episodes originally aired in 2011.
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