Updated Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:10 pm
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - Series II, Episode 3
Sunday, Jan. 22, 9 p.m.
Isobel and Cora lock horns over control of Downton’s medical role. Mrs. Bird starts a soup kitchen, and Matthew and William embark on a perilous patrol behind German lines.
One of the most phenomenally popular series in MASTERPIECE history is back for an exciting second season: Downton Abbey Season 2 resumes its story of love and intrigue at an English country estate, now mobilized for the trauma of war. With a returning cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, and many more, Downton Abbey Season 2 airs over seven weeks from Sunday, January 8 through February 19, 2012, at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings).
Last season opened with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which had dire consequences for Downton Abbey. The new season picks up in the middle of another disaster, World War I, which affected every aspect of life in England, accelerating the social change that was already transforming an age-old system of class and privilege.
The second season promises to be as satisfying as the first, with thwarted and rekindled romances, forgotten and fresh scandals, and enough new plot twists to weave a tapestry with Lord Grantham’s family crest.