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The final season of everyone’s favorite British drama begins in 1925 and change is in the air. Tom Branson has moved to Boston, the remaining staff worry about their jobs and neighboring estates are selling off their history. Many of the story lines from past seasons are brought to a close (finally!), new relationships are formed and there is a wedding (or two) in store for fans. Writer/creator Julian Fellowes has given great moments to his stellar cast (Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Rob James-Collier, Sophie McShera). Season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, on KCTS.

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image_041_jpg_resize_800x450Now that “Downton Abbey” is done for another season, you can get your Brit fix with this beloved drama (based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth). As the series enters its fourth season, the midwives and nuns of London’s Nonnatus House are coping with the new decade of the 1960s. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29, on KCTS.

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ShakespeareBonneville-980x475Long before he played the Earl of Grantham on “Downton Abbey,” Hugh Bonneville understudied Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) in a London production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’’ The second season of this series begins with the two actors discussing Shakespeare’s mischievous comedy.“What fools these mortals be,” indeed.10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, on KCTS

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downton5Things continue to change in the lives of the characters of this ultra-popular British drama. During the opening minutes of tonight’s season premiere, we are informed that the year is 1924 and the first Labor Party prime minister has been elected, there’s talk of a new invention called a wireless and Edith (Laura Carmichael) is spending a lot of time visiting the young child who lives down the road. There’s a lot of delicious story lines ahead this season, especially for the female characters (Michelle Dockery, Sophie McShera and Maggie Smith). Brew a pot of tea and settle in for a delightful season five. 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, on PBS.

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After last season’s devastating finale, many fans vowed to never watch Julian Fellowes’ hit series again. That would be a shame, because Season 4 has a lot of great stuff in store for devotees, including great work from Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt and Penelope Wilton. The year is now 1922, and the new season begins in the dead of night, with someone leaving Downton in a hurry. Welcome back, Sunday night TV obsession.

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It’s been fun to have Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and their multitude of quirky Northwest characters back for a third season, but just as winter comes to a close, so must our winter-TV favorites (yes, I’m still trying to cope without “Downton Abbey” on Sunday nights). So savor tonight’s episode (in which Portland suffers a citywide blackout) — it’ll have to tide you over until next season. Season finale, 7 and 10 p.m. on IFC.

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American fans have been waiting nearly a year for the return of this glorious and oh-so-satisfying British miniseries. While much has been made about the guest appearance of Shirley MacLaine — she’s wonderful, by the way — there are many other things to celebrate. My favorites: that deliciously wicked pair of servants, Thomas and O’Brien (Rob James-Collier and Siobhan Finneran); the restrained-but-changing Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville); and the force of nature that is the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith). Prepare some tea and crumpets and luxuriate in the two-hour season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday on KCTS.

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