‘Arthur’ Visits Downton

Arthur "Fountain Abbey" airs Monday, Jan. 26

Arthur “Fountain Abbey” airs Monday, Jan. 26

This week, we get two all-new episodes of Downton Abbey — well, sort of. Of course, Episode 4 airs at its regular time Sunday night at 8. But on Monday, PBS Kids show Arthur offers up its parody of Downton, called “Fountain Abbey.”

 Watch a clip from Arthur “Fountain Abbey”

Loaded with Downton references that the whole family will enjoy, “Fountain Abbey” follows Arthur’s friend Muffy on a journey through time in search of her family history. When Muffy learns her great-great grandmother, Mary Alice, was just a common maid, she reads through Mary Alice’s diary to discover the surprising story of her humble roots.

Arthur cuts no corners with its parody. They even created shareable images for Facebook that resemble Downton Abbey.


This reminded us that Arthur is hardly the first cartoon adaptation of Downton. Last year, MAD on Cartoon Network combined Downton Abbey with Scooby Doo to give us “Downton Shaggy.” While the whole family will enjoy watching this Downton portrayal on Arthur, “Downton Shaggy” is best suited for anyone old enough to remember the original Scooby.

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Take the Episode 3 Trivia Quiz

Hey Downton Abbey fans, it’s time to test your memory. See how much you can recall from Sunday’s episode by taking the Episode 3 Trivia Quiz. This quiz offers no easy answers. Only those who paid extra close attention throughout Episode 3 will score a perfect 10 out of 10. Take the quiz!

Is your memory as sharp as Violet's? Take the Episode 3 Trivia Quiz.

Is your memory as sharp as Violet’s? Take the Episode 3 Trivia Quiz.

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“Grantchester” Adds Drama to Sunday Night

Ok, we know this is the Downton Dispatch blog, but another Masterpiece drama is about to make a big splash in the U.S. and deserves a little attention.

By all indications, Grantchester is going to be a hit. It’s already been renewed for a second season after an impressive debut in the UK last fall. The Los Angeles Times tweeted this week, “Like a great sermon, the deceptive depth of PBS’ British mystery-drama ‘Grantchester’ catches you unawares.”

The six-episode season follows a young and charismatic vicar named Sidney Chambers who turns to down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating for help when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. By the looks of this trailer, Grantchester should entertain whether you’re a fan of good old-fashioned murder mysteries or not. Learn more about Masterpiece “Grantchester.”

Sunday night’s Downton Abbey also promises to be dramatic. Mary and Lord Gillingham are about to steam things up, Mr. Bricker has his eye on Cora and even Violet is reunited with an old flame. If Sunday’s Downton (and the Packers’ game, for some of you) is enough drama for one day, you can always save Grantchester for Monday night and watch on-demand.

Cora makes a new friend this Sunday night.

Cora makes a new friend this Sunday night.

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Waiting for the Next Episode?

Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech and Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt

Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech and Joanne Froggatt at the Golden Globe Awards

So, you’re all caught up on Downton Abbey. You’ve watched the first two episodes and are now waiting for something else to brighten your day.

One thing you could do is check out behind-the-scenes pics from last night’s Golden Globes where Joanne Froggatt made headlines by winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Season 4!

And if you missed it because you flipped straight to The Golden Globes following last night’s Downton Abbey, check out this new special, The Queen’s Garden online now.

The Queen’s Garden
With permission from her Majesty the Queen, this program reveals a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure right in the heart of London.
Watch The Queen’s Garden online now.

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2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes

Enter the 2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes daily through March 15, 2015 for a chance to win a trip for 2 adults from the US to Great Britain! This 5-day, 4-night trip features a private tea at iconic Highclere Castle with The Countess of Carnarvon, author of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, guided tours of village film locations in the beautiful Oxfordshire Costwolds, and a private look at Downton Abbey’s “downstairs set” at London’s Ealing Studios. The trip also includes British etiquette training from The English Manner and series merchandise including A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey signed by cast members. Travel must take place July 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015.

You may also win 1 of 4 monthly prizes, which feature all five seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD plus assorted Downton Abbey merchandise.

No purchase necessary; winners will be selected by random drawing. Enter at www.pbs.org/sweepstakes.

Images of Highclere Castle, Ealing Studios, Bampton Village and DVD Covers

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