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Downton Abbey off to good start
January 8, 2013 - Andrew Potter
The two-hour debut of Downton Abbey Sunday night put the third season off on the right foot. The highly-addictive PBS show follows an aristocratic family and their servants and had 7.9 million viewers Sunday night. In this episode, we learn the family might not be so rich after all as a result of a bad investment. Lord Crawley decides to tell his daughter, Lady Mary, just before her wedding about their financial woes. Well, the wedding went through but we are finding out Lady Mary wants to keep her lifestyle as much as possible and begs her new husband to cash in on an inheritance left to him. There were plenty of zingers, especially from who we expect, Violet. At one point her son and his son-in-law came down with different coats and shirts not right for the occasion and she mistook them for waiters. As far as the previews go for next week, it looks like the last remaining single daughter of the family, Lady Edith, is moving quickly to get hitched to a man much older than her. We’ll also see if the family can keep up the estate as that bad investment in rail comes back to haunt them. I was a casual watcher of this show last year and missed the entire first season. More episodes like the one on Sunday will make season three a must-see for me every week.