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US rekindles its Downton Abbey affair

Published on Jan 4, 2014 7:25 AM
 
Americans rekindle their peculiar love affair with the post-Edwardian demise of English aristocracy on Sunday when season four of Downton Abbey premieres on United States (US) public television. -- PHOTO: ITV

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans rekindle their peculiar love affair with the post-Edwardian demise of English aristocracy on Sunday when season four of Downton Abbey premieres on United States (US) public television.

The internationally-acclaimed British period drama set in a grand old Yorkshire country estate is seen in about 100 countries around the world - but nowhere does it enjoy the kind of cult following it has in the US.

More than 24 million Americans watched season three last year, making it the most-watched drama ever on the commercial-free PBS network, and more than double the 11.8 million Britons who've already caught season four on ITV.

From coast to coast, "Downtonians" will be at the edge of their chesterfields, keen to see what's next for the Crawleys in 1920 after the unexpected deaths of two beloved young members of the patrician family.

 
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