For the past four years, the halls of Downton have been silent. No snide comments from the Dowager Countess, no intrigue from the downstairs staff ― nothing, until now. The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) will air two new Downton Abbey specials as part of this year’s Summer Membership Campaign.
Downton Abbey Returns! premieres at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 and will be rebroadcast 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. Downton Abbey Returns! is a nostalgic celebration of all aspects of the most successful British drama ever ― the stellar cast, superb writing, spectacular locations and dazzling costumes. This special features new interviews with the series cast, writer, director and executive producer along with clips of emotional moments from all six seasons. Hosted by Jim Carter, who portrayed the Crawley family’s much-loved butler Mr. Carson.
Downton Abbey LIVE! premieres 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 and will be rebroadcast at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. Downton Abbey LIVE! will broadcast from New York City before a live studio audience. Scheduled to appear are cast members Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Kevin Doyle (Molesley) and Harry Hadden-Paton (Bertie) with executive producers Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Hosted by award-winning ABC News journalist (and huge “Downton” fan!) Deborah Roberts.
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