For those of you who can not wait for Downton Abbey season 3 to play here in the states. Here is the first full episode of season 3. Yeah!
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Viewers (in millions)|
UK viewers by BARB; figures include ITV1 HD and ITV1 +1 broadcasts
(excluding commercial breaks)
|17||1||"Episode One"||Brian Percival||Julian Fellowes||16 September 2012||11.43 [nb 11]|
|March 1920. Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson, sweeps into Downton for Matthew and Mary’s wedding, astonishing the Dowager Countess with her critical and "revolutionary" American way of seeing things. Lord Grantham learns that his massive investment of Cora's fortune in the Grand Trunk Railway has failed, leaving the estate near bankruptcy. Salvation is possible, as Matthew is entitled to inherit a large amount of money from Lavinia's father, but his high values will not let him keep the money, feeling it a betrayal of Lavinia and her father. Meanwhile, O'Brien's nephew Alfred joins the staff downstairs and struggles to satisfy Carson's high standards, made worse by Thomas' jealous behaviour. Sybil and her husband, Tom Branson, return to Downton to a muted response, particularly as Branson remains highly vocal about his political beliefs. Matthew repairs things when he chooses Branson to be his best man, and despite hesitance the night before, Matthew and Mary are married.|