"Downton Abbey" fans the wait is over. WNET New York and the other PBS stations (check time) will premiere the third season of this award-winning series on Sunday night at 9 p.m.
New to the cast in this nine episode third series is Shirley MacLaine, who plays Martha Levinson, the very American mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham.
Spring 1920, 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.
As other great houses are crippled psychologically and financially in the wake of World War I, Robert, The Earl of Grantham, sticks to his duty to maintain Downton more firmly than ever. But in this changing landscape nothing is assured, and could it be that even the war-weary Crawleys must fight a new battle to safeguard their beloved Downton?
Also in the cast: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Joanne Froggatt, and Brendan Coyle.
At 8 p.m. you'll want to watch the special about the castle featured in Downton Abbey:
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 their $1 million in annual upkeep funds and what life in a fairytale castle is like today.