Mrs Hughes and Mr. Carson (played by Phyllis Logan and Jim Carter) in the season four finale of “Downton Abbey.”
After last season’s devastating finale, many fans vowed to never watch Julian Fellowes’ hit series again. That would be a shame, because Season 4 has a lot of great stuff in store for devotees, including great work from Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt and Penelope Wilton. The year is now 1922, and the new season begins in the dead of night, with someone leaving Downton in a hurry. Welcome back, Sunday night TV obsession. 9 p.m. Sunday on KCTS.
A new special that looks back at the previous seasons of the phenomenally successful British series, plus a preview of things to come in Season 4. Hosted by Susan Sarandon. The American premiere of the new season is Jan. 5, 2014. Go ahead, mark it on your calendar. 9 p.m. today (Dec. 1) on KCTS
American fans have been waiting nearly a year for the return of this glorious and oh-so-satisfying British miniseries. While much has been made about the guest appearance of Shirley MacLaine — she’s wonderful, by the way — there are many other things to celebrate. My favorites: that deliciously wicked pair of servants, Thomas and O’Brien (Rob James-Collier and Siobhan Finneran); the restrained-but-changing Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville); and the force of nature that is the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). Prepare some tea and crumpets and luxuriate in the two-hour season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday on KCTS.
For those of us in need of a “Downton Abbey”-style fix, we might want to head over to the Sundance channel tonight and try out this delicious-looking two-part miniseries about a young woman who discovers that her mother was a spy during WWII. It stars Rufus Sewell (PBS’ “Zen”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Charlotte Rampling (“Melancholia,” “The Swimming Pool”), and is based on a novel by William Boyd. 9 p.m. Friday on Sundance