Downton Abbey Series 3 Image via Maryland Public Television
PBS will start showing the third season of Downton Abbey, in the United States tonight - January 6, 2013. Series 3 premiered on ITV in the United Kingdom back on September 16, 2012. The British-American period (early 1900s) based drama follows the aristocratic lives of the Crawley family, as well as their servants. It is mostly filmed in an actual huge and luxurious manor home - Highclere Castle.
As a regular viewer of public television myself, I started watching this show when Series 1 first aired here in the US, a couple years ago. Series 2 brought some serious changes last season, and Series 3 promises to be even more surprising.
Joining the great British actors such as regulars Dame Maggie Smith ('Gosford Park', 'Harry Potter'), Hugh Bonneville ('Notting Hill', The Robinsons, Doctor Who) and Phyllis Logan (Lovejoy, probably appeared every mystery/crime show produced in the UK since 1986), is American veteran actress Shirley MacLaine ('The Apartment', 'Terms of Endearment', 'Guarding Tess').
Here are a few video clips of trailers for the third season.
Downton Abbey Series 3 Preview Clip 1
Downton Abbey Series 3 Preview Clip 2
Downton Abbey Series 3 Preview Clip 3