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COLUMBUS, OHIO, DECEMBER 14, 2012 – The highly acclaimed PBS MASTERPIECE drama, “Downton Abbey,” returns for another season of scandal and intrigue this January. And WOSU Public Media will celebrate this broadcast premiere with an afternoon of high tea inspired by “Downton Abbey” Season Three.

On Saturday, January 5 at The Westin Columbus, the public is invited to enjoy tea, scones and other period delights reminiscent of a day spent at an English country estate during the Edwardian era. A special advanced screening of Episode One from the eagerly anticipated “Downton Abbey” Season Three will follow the high tea in the Southern Theater.

Guests may arrive for the high tea at 2:30 p.m. and the premiere screening begins at 4:30 p.m. For tickets and to RSVP for the event, go to or contact Mary Alice Akins at (614) 292-4337 by Friday, December 28. Support of this event helps WOSU TV continue to provide popular PBS programming like “Downton Abbey” to Central Ohio.

“Downton Abbey” Season Three premieres January 6 at 9 p.m. on WOSU TV.