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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Downton Abbey: Season 3

Airs Sundays, Dec. 8-29, 2013 beginning at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. on KPBS TV (check episode listings below)

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.

KPBS will rebroadcast all episodes from Season 3 leading up to the premiere of Season 4 on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 p.m.

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?

Take a break from your dream job – or escape from your mundane one. Find out which job you’re best suited for at Downton Abbey! Take the quiz to find out, and then share your job announcement with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

2014 MASTERPIECE Sweepstakes

Enter the 2014 MASTERPIECE Sweepstakes daily through March 15, 2014, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US or Canada to Great Britain! This 5-day, 4-night trip features a VIP reception at Highclere Castle (setting of DOWNTON ABBEY), hosted by Lord Carnarvon and Lady Carnarvon, author of "Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey." The trip also includes VIP tours of the Museum of London’s forthcoming Sherlock Holmes exhibit and the famous Selfridges & Co. department store. You will also attend the Tower of London’s evening Ceremony of the Keys and enjoy the annual “Battle Proms” concert with fireworks on the grounds of Highclere Castle. Travel must be from July 30-August 4, 2014. You may also win 1 of 4 monthly prizes—gift certificates to purchase PBS merchandise. No purchase necessary; winners will be selected by random drawing. Enter at http://www.pbs.org/sweepstakes

Episode One repeats on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9 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.

If you missed the first episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Episode Two repeats on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11 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.

If you missed the second episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Episode Three repeats on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8 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.

If you missed the third episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Episode Four repeats on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9 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.

If you missed the fourth episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Episode Five repeats on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10 p.m. - 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.

If you missed the fifth episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Episode Six repeats on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9 p.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.

If you missed the sixth episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Episode Seven repeats on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9 p.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.

If you missed the seventh episode, it is available for online viewing through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 4 will begin airing on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV.

MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter. Visit video.kpbs.org/program/masterpiece/ to watch full episodes and more from MASTERPIECE.

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 Three Preview

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Downton Abbey Season 3: The Wait is Over Preview

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey: Official Seasons 1 & 2 Recap

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Downton Abbey: The Cast Preview Season 3

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Downton Abbey: Change in Season 3

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Downton Abbey, Season 3: A Scene from Episode One

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Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes on Playing Favorites

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Downton Abbey: Michelle Dockery on Mary's Journey

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Downton Abbey: Joanne Froggatt on Anna

Above: DOWNTON ABBEY'S Joanne Froggatt on her honest and tough character Anna, the roller coaster courtship with Bates and more.

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Downton Abbey: Behind-the-Scenes of Dining at Downton

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Downton Abbey: Changing Fashion in the Series

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Avatar for user 'DanielMayer'

DanielMayer | February 17, 2013 at 11:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months 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. ― 1 year, 8 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! ...it 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. ― 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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