By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Will Cousin Matthew and Lady Mary hear wedding bells? What will Cora’s mother have to say when she arrives?
Will Bates ever be freed from prison?
What mischief will O’Brien and Thomas get into?
Those questions and more will be answered in the third season of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning British series, “Downton Abbey.”
Fans of the show can get a sneak preview of the new season Friday night at “Downton in Downtown,” at The Lyric Oxford.
The evening will feature an an hour-long sneak preview of the season three premiere, as well as a “Downton Abbey” quiz, giveaways and more. High tea kicks off the evening at 6 p.m.
“This is to whet your appetite for the new season,” said Margaret McPhillips, MPB’s director of public relations.
The third season of “Downton Abbey” begins Sunday at 8 p.m. on MPB TV.
“We’re all anxiously awaiting news of Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew – even in the sneak preview, viewers will find out more about the fate of their relationship,” McPhillips said. “Some more complications arise at Downton Abbey, so there’s a lot to offer in this season, a lot more twists, plot developments and love stories.”
“Downton Abbey” chronicles the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 1900s. The first two seasons took place in the years just before and during World War 1, and the third season is set in the 1920’s.
Guest star Shirley MacLaine joins the cast this season as Martha, Cora’s mother.
Fans who wear period costumes, jewelry, hats or other attire will be entered to win “Downton Abbey” and MPB prizes.
WHAT: “Downton Abbey” season three sneak preview, tea, more
WHEN: English high tea, quiz, more begin at 6 p.m., followed by screening at 7 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: The Lyric Oxford
COST: Free. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at the MPB website.
EXTRA: Guests who wear a period costume, jewelry or hat will be entered in a drawing to win “Downton Abbey” and MPB prizes.