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Radio Smart Talk: Downton Abbey producer as series enters third season

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 3, 2013 9:01 AM
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The highly acclaimed PBS TV series Downton Abbey makes its season three premiere Sunday night on WITF-TV.

MASTERPIECE Senior Producer Susanne Simpson will appear on the second segment of Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss what to expect in the upcoming season and why the series is so popular.

According to a MASTERPIECE Classic news release, the returning cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and a host of others, joined by Shirley MacLaine (Oscar® for Best
Actress, Terms of Endearment), who plays Martha Levinson, the very American mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham (McGovern).

Years earlier, Cora rescued Downton Abbey with her New World riches by marrying Robert, Earl of Grantham (Bonneville). Now, New World and Old World are about to clash as Cora’s mother locks horns with Robert’s redoubtable mother, Lady Violet, played by Maggie Smith.

Last season closed with the reluctant heir to Downton, Matthew Crawley (Stevens), recovered from his war wounds and ready to tie the knot with the eldest of Lord and Lady Grantham’s daughters, Lady Mary (Dockery). Meanwhile, Mary’s youngest sister, Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay), has eloped to Ireland with the political-minded chauffeur, Branson (Allen Leech), and is expecting a child.

Tune in Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to learn more about season three.

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  • Lisa img 2013-01-03 09:52

    This show is popular because it has intelligent dialogue and doesn't rely on 2nd grade potty humour or gratuitous sex and violence so prevalent in other television shows.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:54

    E-mail from Jim:

    "I know 'Downton Abbey' is very popular in Britain and the US. Are there other countries where it is very popular?"

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