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'Return to Downton Abbey' to air Dec. 1 on AETN

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 Arkansas PBS Foundaion.

The public is also invited to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion 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

"Downton Abbey: Season 3" will repeat on AETN Sunday evenings throughout December beginning Dec. 1. A complete schedule is available at

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).