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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 3

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.

Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley and Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley and Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

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Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley and Robert Bathurst as Sir Anthony Strallan in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley and Robert Bathurst as Sir Anthony Strallan in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

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Siobhan Finneran as Miss O'Brien and Matt Milne as Alfred in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Siobhan Finneran as Miss O'Brien and Matt Milne as Alfred in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Brendan Coyle as John Bates (center) in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Brendan Coyle as John Bates (center) in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Phyliis Logan as Mrs. Hughes and Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Phyliis Logan as Mrs. Hughes and Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore in MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Downton Abbey" Season 3.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

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.

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.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Julian Fellowes and Brendan Coyle at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Julian Fellowes and Brendan Coyle at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Credit: Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Shirley MacLaine at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Shirley MacLaine at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Credit: Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Credit: Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

Hugh Bonneville reveals his "Free Bates" tee at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Hugh Bonneville reveals his "Free Bates" tee at TCA Press Tour. During PBS’ MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey," Season 3 session at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton, creator, writer and executive producer Julian Fellowes, Michelle Dockery, executive producer Gareth Neame, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the third season of the smash hit.

Credit: Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS