Before Season Premiere of DOWNTON ABBEY: Two Special Events on PBS

Mr. Carson, butler
Actor Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, butler at Downton Abbey

DOWNTON ABBEY returns to PBS tonight for the two-hour season 4 premiere, and what a night it will be.

Prior to the premiere, get your fill of all things DOWNTON with two special presentations. One is a look back on three seasons as well as a peek at what is upcoming. The other is the history of Highclere Castle, the estate that serves as the central focus of the show.

Twitter Event

Engage Mrs. Patmore a/k/a actress Leslie Nicol live on Twitter during the east coast broadcast of the show. It begins at 9:00 p.m., so adjust your alarms if you want to participate. Follow Nicol at  (@lesley_nicol). Remember you’ll be getting episode spoilers if you will be watching the show at a later time.

Along for the ride on Twitter will be moderators PBS (@PBS); MASTERPIECE ( @masterpiecepbs); Jarrett Wieselman of Buzzfeed ( @JarettSays); Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo); Vanity Fair  (@vanityfair).

TV  Special:  “Return to Downton Abbey”

Hosted by Susan Sarandon, “Return to Downton Abbey” is a look back at the show with the cast and crew.

PBS says, it “savors fond memories from the past three seasons and offers a tantalizing taste of Season 4 from the series. The program includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments.”

Documentary Special: “Secrets of Highclere Castle”

“The castle that serves as Downton Abbey has its own history,” says PBS. Originally aired one year ago, the documentary takes viewers inside the real life home of the show’s characters.

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.”

PBS airs the season four premiere of DOWNTON ABBEY at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

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