Posted 22 Nov 2013
The Academy Award-winning series "Downton Abbey" provides viewers with a special behind-the-scenes episode, "Return to Downton Abbey," Sunday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN). The program will repeat Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 p.m.
Fans awaiting the Jan. 5 premiere of "Downton Abbey: Season 4" may enjoy interviews with many of the series' most popular actors – including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggart, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Shirley MacLaine – as they discuss favorite moments from earlier seasons, their characters' interactions, life without Matthew and Sibyl, cast camaraderie, costuming and fashion.
The program is structured around three key themes, "The Changing World of Downton Abbey," "The Women of Downton Abbey" and "Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey." Series creators Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame provide an overview and context for the series and the upcoming season, while Rebecca Eaton, "Masterpiece" executive producer, comments on the impact and success of "Downton Abbey" in America. Hosted by devoted fan Susan Sarandon, "Return to Downton Abbey" relives past seasons' highlights and gives audiences exciting hints of what's to come.
During the broadcast, viewers will be given an opportunity to receive "Downton Abbey: Season 4" on DVD or Blu-ray before its release Jan. 28 by supporting the AETN Foundation.
The public is also invited to the AETN Foundation Roaring '20s cocktail party and "Masterpiece – Downton Abbey: Season 4" screening at Wildwood Park for the Arts Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Additional information and tickets are available at aetnfoundation.org/boxoffice.
"Downton Abbey: Season 3" will repeat on AETN Sunday evenings throughout December beginning Dec. 1. A complete schedule is available at aetn.org/schedule.