Sunday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m.
“It is the perfect program to begin the celebration of our 40th season,” says executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. “It’s a grand story withan excellent script, full of memorable characters, played out in a gorgeous setting. That’s the Masterpiece tradition. And for so many of us who have grown up with it, that tradition is the drama of our lives. The plot of Downton Abbey is straight out of Jane Austen, updated to the era that introduced
electric lights and telephones. It is 1912. The Titanic has just gone down in the north atlantic, taking with it the two male heirs to Downton Abbey, whose current Lord Grantham has only daughters—albeit marriageable ones. His nearest male relative is a handsome lawyer—a bachelor—living in Manchester, who soon learns the ropes of managing a sprawling country estate, with its army of devoted, sometimes bickering servants, its hunts, garden parties, and sexual intrigues.
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