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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 3

Season 3 airs Saturday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5:55 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season on PBS beginning in January 2013.

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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.


The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Shirley MacLaine (as Martha Levinson) joins the much-loved cast, which includes Dame Maggie Smith (as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Elizabeth McGovern (as Cora, Countess of Grantham), Hugh Bonneville (as Robert, Earl of Grantham), Dan Stevens (as Matthew Crawley), Michelle Dockery (as Lady Mary Crawley), Jim Carter (as Mr. Carson, The Butler), Penelope Wilton (as Isobel Crawley) and many others. “No family is ever what it seems from the outside,” observes Smith’s shrewd character.

The Locations

Explore MASTERPIECE'S most iconic filming locations, including DOWNTON ABBEY's Highclere Castle.

Which Downton Abbey Job Is Right For You?

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A Conversation with the Countess: Lady Fiona Carnarvon

As the eighth and current countess of Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for MASTERPIECE'S DOWNTON ABBEY, Lady Fiona Carnarvon was inspired to share the true story of Highclere Castle's conversion to a hospital during WWI. From diaries, letters and photos straight out of the Edwardian era, she produced "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey." View the slideshow and read the full interview with Lady Carnarvon in which Carnarvon reveals Highclere's parallels and differences with a certain fictional great house.


Episode 1 repeats on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. - Wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey, where disasters — large and small — threaten. One is Cora’s freewheeling American mother, who tries to loosen up her in-laws.

Episode 2 repeats on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. - The fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man. Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment. Mrs. Hughes confronts a crisis.

Episode 3 repeats on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 9:20 p.m. - Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women’s suffrage. A mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.

Episode 4 repeats on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10:40 p.m. - The Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. New evidence turns up in a baffling case.

Episode 5 repeats on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Midnight - Things go badly amiss at Downton Abbey. Robert and Cora are not speaking. The servants are shunning Matthew’s mother, Isobel. And Matthew and Robert have fallen out. Bates takes a gamble.

Episode 6 repeats on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1:20 a.m. - Change arrives in a big way for several key characters at Downton Abbey. A yearly cricket match with the village sees old scores settled and new plots hatched.

Episode 7 repeats on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3:45 a.m. - The Crawleys head to a Scottish hunting lodge, while the downstairs staff stays behind at Downton Abbey. New romances flare up, and a crisis unfolds.

These episodes originally aired in 2013.

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DanielMayer | February 17, 2013 at 11:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

We have just seen The End of Downton Abbey. We are now squarely in the terrain of cheap soap opera. Out come all the black costumes and dirgey scenes again.

Killing off Matthew you have repeated yourself to death: killed off the better part of your audience and hopefully your series.

Our deepest condolences.

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kosugisan | April 3, 2013 at 6:57 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

You guys have ...or HAD a good thing going!!! ....killing of Mathew? REALLY? why don't you just shoot your series in the foot now! I can see killing off a few characters here and there, but principle characters??? its only Season 3......your show is popular, don't you get that ? I went to buy season 3 DVD today and there are none to be found in San Diego County!! PEOPLE! - YOUR SHOW IS POPULAR! IT WON'T BE FOR LONG IF YOU KILL OFF BELOVED CHARACTERS! ....Dumb move! .....and what is this rumor that you might only go 5 seasons? Do you not get it? Your show is a success! won't be for long if you kill off our favorites! I'm SO disappointed in these decisions. You had a good thing going, and now you are blowing it ! I guess your not interested in making money and having a hit show!, cause your doing a good job ruining it! BOOOOO :(

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jamesesmorgan | May 3, 2014 at 4:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

When will,there be rebroadcast of all series of Downton Abbey?

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