Downton Abbey on PBS - List of episodes!

You're invited to the North American premiere of Downton Abbey,
just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary season of PBS Masterpiece!

Lord and Lady of the Manor (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern)
Photo: courtesy of PBS

Mark your calendars...

Episode 1
Sunday, January 9, 2011, 9 to 10:30pm
When the Titanic goes down, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs, and his daughter Mary loses her fiancé, throwing Downton Abbey and its servants into turmoil. The new heir turns out to be Matthew, a handsome lawyer with novel ideas about country life.

Episode 2
Sunday, January 16, 2011, 9 to 10:30pm
Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat whose boldness leads to a surprising event. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked, and Bates risks his health to remain valet.

Episode 3
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 9 to 10:30pm
Growing into his role as heir, Matthew brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith. Servants Thomas and O’Brien scheme against Bates, while head housemaid Anna is increasingly attracted to him. Lady Violet’s winning streak in the flower show is threatened.

Episode 4
Sunday, January 30, 2011, 9 to 10:30pm
The heir crisis at Downton Abbey takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, rumours fly about Mary’s virtue. Her sister Sybil takes a risk in her secret political life.

Downton Abbey is a Carnival/MASTERPIECE Co-production,
written and created by Julian Fellowes.


  1. Have fun, PBS viewers! :D

    ITV re-ran the show over the bank holiday weekend. All episodes, over two days. Finally managed to catch the final episode, and what the two sisters did to each other ... oh, the last bit had me cringe. Payback, okay, but that was EVIL!

    And I like Matthew Crawley. He has a lovely voice that I could listen to for hours. :)

  2. SO looking forward to this!
    Thanks for the synopses.

  3. Thanks for the synopsis. I can't wait for this. Although Graham Norton rather spoiled a plot point on his New Year's Eve show when he was talking to Elizabeth McGovern.

  4. Traxy, I've heard of many who enjoyed catching it second time around! With reference to the lovely voice, it's another actor that reigns at Downton who has my attention!
    Becky Roode & Elizabeth,
    I do hope you enjoy it!

  5. I rather liked it, just I didn't like the idea of me liking it, all Gosford Parkish, yearning for a time when Lords were Lords, and the rabble knew their place, with all the clichéd obligatory Stephen Fry cameos, gah. Makes me yearn for the Sun not only setting on the Empire, but fully darkened extinguished. All stuffy snobby haughty Earl and Lords and their "problems", amid the servants churn, all undergoing class-changes, blah blah, makes me all so Samuel Adams 1776ified. And I quite detest, House of Lords 50 zillion London Gentleman Clubs Julian Fellowes, in concept. The acting, production and script is well done however.

  6. Christoph, you and I had a different experience in watching it. Yes, it revolved around the disparity of the classes but I found it fascinating to explore that time in history!



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