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Enter the Masterpiece 2017 Sweepstakes!

Do you dream of stepping into the worlds of Victoria and Downton Abbey? (I know I do!) Well, here’s your chance: Enter the 2017 Masterpiece Sweepstakes! The grand prize is incredible: A tour of Downton Abbey’s famous Highclere Castle, a visit to Sherlock filming locations in London, and a chance to explore Victoria sites in Yorkshire.

In addition to the amazing grand prize, you can also win awesome PBS merchandise. BUT, time is running out to enter: The deadline is March 15, 2017. Enter daily at pbs.org/sweepstakes

Masterpiece is offering even more chances to win through Twitter! It’s as easy as this: After you enter, click on the Twitter icon below the words “Invite Your Friends” on the “Thanks for your entry” page. Once you share the sweepstakes via Twitter, you will get another entry (up to 5 additional entries) in the Sweepstakes for each friend that enters. 

Details on the Grand Prize From Masterpiece

“With an itinerary arranged by VisitBritain, Great Britain’s national tourism agency, this trip features a visit to world-famous Highclere Castle, tours of historic estates in Yorkshire filmed for Victoria, and a private tour of the Tower of London, used in Sherlock.

The 7-day, 6-night trip includes economy class round-trip travel to London Heathrow Airport on British Airways from any British Airways operated U.S. gateway city at the time of travel, and includes a connecting one-way flight to Leeds Bradford Airport in Leeds. Accommodations are four-star, including The Royal York Hotel and London’s Edwardian Hotel.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Victoria merchandise, including the Downton Abbey Complete Limited Edition Collector’s Set DVD, Sherlock Seasons 1, 2, and 3 on DVD, a Sherlock action figure, and Victoria Season 1 on DVD, all from shopPBS.org.”

Saying Farewell to Downton Abbey

As of 10 p.m. Sunday night, the phenomenon known as Downton Abbey is officially over. I’m a Downton fan (see: The Downton Dish), so I spent my weekend trying to squeeze in as much Downton as possible before the finale.

My all-things-Downton weekend included attending Wisconsin Public Television’s A Downton Abbey Farewell fundraising event, held Saturday night at the University Club in Madison. It was so much fun to mingle with fellow fans, dress up in 1920s attire and enjoy Downton-themed food and music. The amazing team that puts the event together really goes all out to give guests the complete Downton Abbey experience, and the excitement was contagious. (View photos from Saturday’s event here).

The show might be over, but our love of Downton Abbey doesn’t have to stop. Check out Masterpiece’s The Downton Abbey Connection to stay connected to your favorite characters, hear from other fans, take Downton-inspired quizzes to find out if you’re a superfan, and more!

Fellow Downton fans: We’ll get through this.

The Downton Dish: Episode 9

A million romances (old and new), butler news, and a new baby! Downton Abbey: The Final Season has been a potpourri of highs and lows, and the series finale was no different. Join us for our final episode of The Downton Dish as we recap the finale’s many developments and reflect on the fates of our favorite characters.

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

The Downton Dish: Special Edition

While a new episode of Downton Abbey won’t be airing this Sunday night — the finale airs 8 p.m. next Sunday, March 6 — we just couldn’t go a whole week without Downton, and luckily, we don’t have to. WPT is airing a Downton Abbey: The Final Season marathon beginning 11 a.m. Sunday. A lot happened this season, so this is the perfect time to catch up on important plot points before the series finale.

We’re also taking this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from our video series, The Downton Dish. Kait and I have had such a blast recapping each episode of this season. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve almost fallen off our chairs (literally). Here are just a few of our favorite clips:

Tom Branson returns —The remix:

Daisy’s at it again:

The hilarious Downton tour:

(Stay tuned: We’ll be back with one final episode of The Downton Dish after the series finale airs on March 6!)

It’s hard to accept the fact that Downton Abbey is almost over, but there’s still time to squeeze in as much Downton as possible. Join us for A Downton Abbey Farewell, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at The University Club in Madison! It’s a fundraising event for WPT, and the event will feature Downton Abbey-inspired food and fun, both upstairs and downstairs, as the University Club is transformed into a lavish estate. Kait and I will be there and we’d love to meet you! Get all of the details here.

The Downton Dish: Episode 8

Mary finally crossed the line with her sister and may have ended Edith’s relationship with Bertie. Thomas brought us all to tears, and Mary finds support and surprising words of wisdom from the Dowager. Join us for another re-cap and tell us how you feel about Episode 8 of the final season of Downton Abbey.

If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey, join us for a special Downton Abbey Farewell – a party that will transform the University Club in downtown Madison into a lavish ’20s estate. There will be live jazz music, English delicacies, and all proceeds go to support WPT. Click here for more information.

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

Dowager Insults: The Complete Collection

If you watch Downton Abbey, you’re likely in awe of the Dowager Countess’ (Maggie Smith) wit. Stubborn wouldn’t even begin to describe Lady Violet, but despite her faults, there’s no doubt that Downton Abbey just wouldn’t be the same without her sharp tongue.

Luckily, Slate Magazine has taken all of the Dowager’s sassiest moments and compiled them into one hilarious video. With only two more episodes to go until Downton Abbey: The Final Season is over (sadly), what better way to prepare to say goodbye than with a reflection on the Dowager’s best moments?

The Downton Dish: Episode 7

This week’s episode was packed with drama: will Mary lose yet another lover to a car crash? Will Mr. Molesley and Mrs. Patmore manage to shift careers in a changing world? Bertie and Lady Edith seem like the perfect couple; let’s hope it continues! Let us know what you think, and join us for another episode of The Downton Dish.

If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey, join us for a special Downton Abbey Farewell – a party that will transform the University Club in downtown Madison into a lavish ’20s estate. There will be live jazz music, English delicacies, and all proceeds go to support WPT. Click here for more information.

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

The Downton Dish: Episode 4

Downton Abbey Part Four - Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS Miss Baxter faces a dilemma. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air. Shown from left to right: Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Raquel Cassidy as Baxter, and Samantha Bond as Aunt Rosamund (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only. USE ON THIRD PARTY SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER IS NOT ALLOWED.

Mary is getting pretty sassy, and never seems to be satisfied, no matter how dashing and debonair her suitors are. A familiar face graces Downton Abbey, but there’s quite a bit of drama surrounding our old friend – how will Gwen re-introduce herself to the Crawley family? And of course, this hospital drama just never ends!

Watch the complete series of “The Downton Dish” here.

Notes on Episode 4 of the final season from our resident Downton expert and guest contributor, Analiese Smith:

I am so glad Tom is back. I think that his journey to figuring out how he feels about the family and the ownership he was taking over the estate is so compelling, and it will be interesting to see how he and Lady Mary will divide up the tasks, or if they will go in separate directions.

Why does the local cop make so many appearances on this show?!? I hope this situation is an opportunity for Baxter to finally put her past behind her.

The hospital battle is really pitting the Dowager Countess against everyone. Between Anna’s medical situation and Lord Grantham clutching himself in pain, it seems as though something pretty major and not good is going to happen …

If Barrow cares what people think about him, he should really consider being less of a jerk. On another note, what a touching moment remembering Sybil. Funny how Lady Mary was so moved by this story just as she spirits away Anna in a shroud of mystery to help her.

Daisy almost put her foot in her mouth, once again. What a happy ending – really, it was the only one that made sense.

The welcome back party is very sweet. I laughed a little too hard at the passport line. Also, the scene with Mr. Carson removing the paper with his name would be a great clip summarizing the “Farewell Season”. It feels so sad, even though you know he’s leaving to live happily ever after with Mrs. Hughes. I hope there is more good cheer on the way!