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Press Release - Free Event will Screen the First Hour of Downton Abbey’s New Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2014
Contact: Kim Jondahl, Communications & Education Director

Free Event will Screen the First Hour of Downton Abbey’s New Season

Bismarck, ND –The Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama “Downton Abbey” will return to public television for a fifth season on January 4, 2015, and local fans can be the first to see it one week early at a screening event of the first hour of the new series.

Prairie Public Television and the State Historical Society of North Dakota will host the free premiere screening and serve complimentary tea and dainties on Sunday, Dec. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the North Dakota Heritage Center’s Russell Reid Auditorium. Fancy hats and costumes are encouraged. Certain State Historical Society staff will be hosting in period costume.

Downton Abbey Season 4 recently completed its run in the UK, where it drew 11.8 million average viewers – making it Britain’s highest-rated television drama in 2013. Earlier this year, more than 24 million viewers watched the third season of the series in the United States, making it the most-watched drama in PBS history.

Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey and Managing Director of Carnival Films, said, “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

Visitors may also tour the State Museum in the North Dakota Heritage Center and discover North Dakota’s history during the Downton Abbey series time period. The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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