Here are the details and image gallery of the first episode of the third season of the highly popular Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey Series 3 Episode 1 of 8
First transmission in UK on Friday, September 16, 2012, on ITV
US January 6, 2013 on Masterpiece classic, PBS
Downton Abbey 3.01 – official details…
Cora’s mother sweeps into Downton for Matthew and Mary’s wedding, but with the couple’s relationship under strain will they even make it to the altar?
New footman Alfred strives to meet Carson’s high standards, under the watchful eye of his aunt O’Brien.
Robert’s shocking news brings financial worries to the fore, on an unprecedented scale. Might he lose Downton itself and all it stands for?
Cast: Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Sybil Branson (Jessica Brown Findlay), Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), Mr Carson (Jim Carter), John Bates (Brendan Coyle), Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Molesley (Kevin Doyle), O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran), Anna (Joanne Froggatt), Thomas (Rob James-Collier), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), Daisy (Sophie McShera), Alfred (Matt Milne), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol), Ethel (Amy Nuttall), Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), Larry Grey (Charlie Anson), Sir Anthony Strallan (Robert Bathurst), Rev Travis (Michael Cochrane), George Murray (Jonathan Coy), Archbishop of York (Michael Culkin), Craig (Jason Furnival), Mr Charkham (Mark Penfold), Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) and Reed (Lucille Sharp)
Crew Director Brian Percival, Executive Producer Gareth Neame, Executive Producer Julian Fellowes, Producer Liz Trubridge and Writer Julian Fellowes.