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Producer to Attend "Downton Abbey" Inspired Evening

October 16, 2012

An appearance by the senior producer of the long-running PBS series, MASTERPIECE, will highlight "An Evening Inspired by DOWNTON ABBEY" at the Milwaukee Art Museum Saturday, Nov. 10.

The event, sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. After an Edwardian-style dinner, public television producer Susanne Simpson will provide a look behind the scenes into the making of DOWNTON ABBEY. The event is open to the public.

The third season of the series will premiere Jan. 6. Downton Abbey is the fictional Yorkshire country house of the Crawleys, a titled English family. The series follows the lives of the family members and their servants beginning in 1912. It has earned several Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Season two of the series drew 6.3 million viewers for its first episode, making it the highest rated Masterpiece episode in 17 years. The MPTV premiere of DOWNTON ABBEY'S second-season finale earned a 4.9 rating, the highest in the series' history locally.

MPTV is requesting that guests wear cocktail attire for the event, and Edwardian dress is encouraged. The museum's exhibit, "Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London" will be open for touring. The display showcases Old Master painters that once adorned the British estate of the heir to Guinness Brewery.

Tickets for the event are $250 per person, or free for MPTV Leadership Circle patrons, and seating is limited. For reservations, or to request an invitation, call 414-297-8004 or go to and click on "Events." All proceeds from the event support MPTV.