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A New Year, A New Season: Downton Abbey 3

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The long awaited Downton Abbey returns January 6 with a two-hour premiere of Season 3 at 8pm on PBS North. As World War I ends, new drama for Britain’s beloved Crawley family begins! Discover the real roots of Downton Abbey with the PBS special Secrets of Highclere Castle at 7pm on January 6.

"No family is ever what it seems from the outside," observes the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

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Watch an advance screening of Downton Abbey's premiere before the series broadcasts on PBS! Join WDSE WRPT for a FREE public screening at Duluth's Clyde Iron Works Event Center on Friday, January 4! Learn more about the event.

Masterpiece Classic: “Downton Abbey, Season 3”

January 6 to February 17
Sundays at 8pm on PBS North
Repeats Mondays at 6:30pm on PBS 2nd Chance

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. The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, with guest star Shirley MacLaine.

Secrets of Highclere Castle

Sunday, January 6 at 7pm on PBS North

It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.” Also find out how the current inhabitants, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, spend $1 million in annual upkeep funds and what life in a fairytale castle is like today.