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The eyebrows are arched, the ermine coats are freshly cleaned, and Us audiences can finally catch up on the Grantham clan

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Downton Abbey season three on PBS in the Us. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode one.

Viv Groskop's series two blog

Joy upon joys – it's spring 1920 and there is to be a wedding at Downton Abbey. Order a boatload of lilies and send Mrs Patmore on a crash course in making canapés! Get Sybil and the tediously politically radical chauffeur over from Dublin! Find Edith someone to flirt with in the church so that she doesn't look like a total saddo! No, not that weird old one she was flirting with last series. Someone new. There isn't anyone? Oh, alright, he'll do.

With just the right amount of exposition, catching-up and scene-setting, this was a vintage Downton opener, boding well for series three. »

- Viv Groskop

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