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December 11, 2013

Anticipation is building for MPTV's very popular DOWNTON ABBEY's 4th season premiere. On December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, more than 700 MPTV viewers will get a sneak peek of the first hour of this period drama set on a fictional Yorkshire Country estate in post-Edwardian Britain.

Fans have increased over the last three seasons as they've followed the lives of DOWNTON ABBEY'S Crawley family and its staff. This captivating program has won critical acclaim from television critics and numerous accolades including a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

MPTV offers this preview free to the public, but advanced registration was required. The response from its viewers was overwhelming and tickets were sold out weeks prior to the event.

Last season, DOWNTON ABBEY was watched by more than 24 million viewers in the U.S., making it the most-watched drama in PBS history. The fourth season recently completed its run in the United Kingdom, where it drew 11.8 million average viewers - making it Britain's highest-rated television drama in 2013.

The preview is of the first 60 minutes of the two-hour season premiere. The episode opens in 1922, six months after Matthew's death. The whole family is just recovering from the tragic death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), and no one has been plunged deeper into darkness and despair than Matthew's wife, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). Season four of DOWNTON ABBEY premieres on-air on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2 on January 5 at 8:00 p.m.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located at 901 South 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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