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Downton Abbey, Season 6

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The top-rated PBS drama of all time nears its climactic chapter. The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece premieres Sunday, January 3 at 8:00 pm.

 

Soon, you’ll find out where fate, passion, ambition and duty will take the program’s beloved characters. Will Carson and Mrs. Hughes make it down the aisle? Will Branson find happiness in America? Will Mary snap up the affections of the “snappy chariot” driver?

 

 

Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the beloved cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol and Allen Leech.

 

“We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans,” said Gareth Neame, an executive producer on the show.

 

Hawaii has no shortage of fans. Over Thanksgiving weekend, more than 100 fans attended afternoon tea at the Halekulani Hotel with Downton Abbey’s historical advisor, Alastair Bruce. Tickets to this event sold out almost instantly. Alastair gave a lively and informative presentation about life during the era portrayed on Downton Abbey – and of life behind the scenes of the show. Fashion designer Anne Namba was also on hand to sell her handmade, Downton Abbey-inspired headpieces; proceeds benefited PBS Hawaii.

Alastair Bruce with a young fan and his father.
Alastair Bruce with a young fan and his father. More photos >>

 

In December, about 200 fans lined up to watch an advanced screening of the season premiere at Ward Consolidated Theatres. The audience cheered for their favorite fan-made costumes during a pre-screening contest, and winners walked away with prizes including Downton Abbey books, and a pre-order of the Season 6 DVD set.

 

Salt Lake resident Michael Collio is a devoted fan who isn’t looking forward to the series’ end on March 6. What will he miss the most? “The witty comments from the Dowager Countess. And the beautiful filming locations,” Michael wrote on PBS Hawaii’s Facebook page.

 

A runaway hit since it debuted on PBS in 2011, Downton Abbey is widely credited with reigniting American viewers’ passion for British drama. It is the top PBS drama of all time, the most popular series in Masterpiece’s 44-year history, and one of the most-watched dramas on American television, frequently beating the competition in its Sunday night time slot. Masterpiece is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

 

 

What to Expect From Season 6

Episode 1 | January 3 at 8:00 pm

Extortion and downsizing threaten Downton Abbey. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

 

Episode 2 | January 10 at 8:00 pm

Wedding plans hit a snag. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

 

Episode 3 | January 17 at 8:00 pm

A wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

 

Episode 4 | January 24 at 8:00 pm

Miss Baxter faces a dilemma. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air.

 

Episode 5 | January 31 at 8:00 pm

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

 

Episode 6 | February 7 at 8:00 pm

The hospital war reaches a climax. Violet goes on the warpath. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith. Thomas feels trapped.

 

Episode 7 | February 14 at 8:00 pm

A car race gives Mary flashbacks. Mrs. Patmore opens for business. Mrs. Hughes tricks Carson. Things get serious for Edith. Robert gets a surprise gift.

 

Episode 8 | February 21 at 8:00 pm

Two romances get complicated. Molesley and Spratt try out new jobs. Thomas takes a fateful step. Mrs. Patmore provokes a scandal. Isobel puts her foot down.

 

Episode 9 (Season Finale) airs March 6 at 8:00 pm