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

Airs Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Hugh Bonneville (Robert, Earl of Grantham), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, Countess of Grantham) from "Downton Abbey."

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.

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 this four-part series.

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.

This episode originally aired in 2011.

Up Next: 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

Above: Are you eagerly anticipating the return of DOWNTON ABBEY? Get an early glimpse at the new arrivals and big changes ahead.

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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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Downton Abbey: The Best Maggie Moments

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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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