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‘Downton Abbey’ Marathon in Alexandria

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The cast of "Downton Abbey" / Helga Esteb/

Boys and girls, class is now in session; get ready for a history lesson. Set on the fictional country estate of a family of British aristocrats, the U.K.-imported show “Downton Abbey” takes viewers through major historical events such as the sinking of the Titanic, World War I and the Spanish flu. Romance and family woes surround the upper crust Crawley family and the attendants at their home on Downton Abbey. After debuting on U.K. television station ITV in 2010, it began broadcasting in the U.S. on PBS. “Downton Abbey” has been nominated for a record-breaking 27 Primetime Emmy Awards (winning seven), claimed the spot for most watched show on ITV and PBS and has been dubbed the most critically acclaimed English-language series of 2011 by Guinness World Records.

In anticipation of the start of the third season on Jan. 6, all 24 episodes (most of them are about an hour long) will be screened at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria from Dec. 26-28. Come unite with fellow fans or, if you’re a first-timer like me, see what all the fuss is about! Tea* and biscuits will be served, naturally.


“Downton Abbey” Marathon
Dec. 26, 1-5 p.m., Dec. 27, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library 5005 Duke St., Alexandria
Free /


*If you’re going for style, grace and class, do not hold your pinky finger up. Instead, follow these directions from Tea Laden: “Place your index finger into the handle of the cup up to the knuckle while placing your thumb on the top of the handle to secure the cup. The bottom of the handle should then rest on your third finger. The fourth and fifth fingers should curve back towards your wrist.”

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