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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - Part Two (Season One)

Airs Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley). 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.

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.

Promotional photo of the cast from "Downton Abbey."
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Above: Promotional photo of the cast from "Downton Abbey."

Meet The Characters

From the socialites to the servants, meet the residents and staff of "Downton Abbey" and the actors who portray them.

Explore The Locations

Explore the real-life estate featured in "Downton Abbey" as well as other iconic Masterpiece locations from our 40-year history.

Pictured (L-R): Rose Leslie (Gwen), Siobhan Finneran (O’Brien)
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Above: Pictured (L-R): Rose Leslie (Gwen), Siobhan Finneran (O’Brien)

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

In the second episode, 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.

This episode originally aired in 2011.

Up Next: Part three will rebroadcast on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. Part four will rebroadcast on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m.

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.

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Downton Abbey: Season Three Preview

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Downton Abbey: The Best Is Yet to Come

Above: Look back and celebrate the success of "Downton Abbey" Season Two and prepare for Season Three, premiering January 6, 2013 on PBS's MASTERPIECE.

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Video Excerpt: Downton Abbey - Part Two

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Above: In this episode of "Downton Abbey," Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat whose boldness leads to a surprising event. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked and Bates risks his health to remain valet. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern.

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Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville Interview

Above: 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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Series Trailer: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

Above: 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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Preview: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey: Season Two

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Watch Downton Abbey Season 2 Preview on PBS. See more from MASTERPIECE.

Above: 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 two of "Downton Abbey" from Primetime Emmy Award® winning writer Julian Fellowes. For exclusive "Downton Abbey" video, images and news, visit our "Downton Abbey" destination page — the official US home for the series.

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