Sunday nights may never be the same for fans of the wildly popular PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey. The series finale will air Sunday, March 6th beginning at 9:00 p.m. on WEDU PBS.
Where will fate, passion, ambition and duty lead televisions most beloved characters? Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, Samantha Bond, David Robb, Raquel Cassidy and Michael Fox.
Downton Abbey opened Season 1 with a crisis sparked by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 followed by the demise of a string of heirs, the horrors of World War I, the Spanish flu, false convictions and romantic betrayals, not to mention the compromising death of a Turkish diplomat in the throes of passion.
Season 6, which premiered on January 3rd, opened in 1925 with a series of crises reflecting the momentous changes that was transforming society. Women's rights has given Lady Mary and Lady Edith new positions of responsibility: Mary
runs the estate, and Edith manages the magazine she inherited from Michael Gregson. Meanwhile, Tom Branson has left for Boston, and newlyweds Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge are trying their luck in Jazz Age New York. Anna Bates faces a murder charge, though many still suspect her husband. And for the rest of the servants, big doubts hang over their jobs. Will great houses and the fortunes that support them soon be gone?
Eager fans can join WEDU and Tampa Theatre to see the final episode early and send the series off in grand style on March 6th at 6:00 p.m. WEDU will host the series wrap party with tea samplings, photo opportunities, costume contests and Downton Abbey themed giveaways. Tickets, which guarantee a seat at the finale screening, are available online at www.wedu.org/downtonabbey. Tickets are $25 and support quality programming such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Mercy Street and Call the Midwife on WEDU PBS. (Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of Downton Abbey themed activities and the screening begins at 7:00 p.m.) The screening will include the full final episode.
WEDU has hosted a collection of Downton Abbey season premiere screenings over the life of the series. It is an exciting event to have so many fans together to experience the great moments of this show. Theres nothing else like it. There is always cheering, laughter, and even a few tears. Many viewers even come out in period costumes to really set the mood, stated Allison Hedrick, WEDUs Vice President of Communications.
Explaining the difficult decision to cue the final curtain, Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame says, 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. We can promise a finale full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.