“Downton Abbey” marathon marks end of broadcast on PBS

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WCTE has scheduled a marathon of all six seasons of “Downton Abbey”, starting Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m., continuing Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. and concluding Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. This will be the last time to watch all of the episodes on WCTE before the broadcast and streaming rights end for PBS on June 30, 2020.

WCTE has announced its schedule for this week.

Tuesday, May 19

7 p.m. – “Nova: Deadliest Tornadoes” explores the science behind the April 2011 tornadoes that left a trail of destruction across the US.

8 p.m. – “Mr. Tornado: American Experience”. Pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed understanding of tornados, is profiled.

9 p.m. – “Frontline: Inside Italy’s COVID War”. Doctors make life and death decisions inside a hospital battling COVID-19 cases in Northern Italy.

10 p.m. – “Wild Weather” documentary illustrates how weather works by performing experiments.

Wednesday, May 20

7 p.m. – “Nature: Spy in the Wild, Season 2, Part 4”. Penguins, elephant seals, wolf cubs, and polar bears are explored in the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

8 p.m. – “Nova: Eagle Power”. Bird specialist Lloyd Buck puts his trained golden eagle to the test with experiments.

9 p.m. – “Expedition with Steve Backshall”. Backshall and his team travel deep into the jungle to kayak an unnamed river in Suriname.

10 p.m. – “Reel South: You Gave Me a Song”. At 84, folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation.

Thursday, May 21

7 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 1, Part 1”. The six-season “Downton Abbey” marathon begins. This will be the last chance to watch all of it on PBS. When the Titanic sinks, Lord Grantham loses his immediate heirs, throwing Downton Abbey into turmoil.

8:35 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 1, Part 2”. Mary entertains three suitors, and the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked.

10:10 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 1, Part 3”. Growing into his role as heir, Matthew brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith.

Friday, May 22

10 a.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 1, Part 4”. The “Downton Abbey” marathon continues.

5 p.m. – “WCTE Live at 5”.

6 p.m. – “PBS NewsHour”.

7:30 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 2, Part 5”. The marathon continues non-stop until it concludes at 7 p.m. on Sunday. As the war nears its end, Downton’s aristocrats and servants put their lives back together.

8:40 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 2, Part 6”. The Spanish flu strikes Downton. Mary, Sybil, and Robert each confront a moment of truth.

10:50 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 2, Part 7”. The family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas.

Saturday, May 23

6:20 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 4, Part 7”.

7:45 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 4, Part 8”.

9:35 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 1”. A working-class prime minister is elected. Robert is snubbed by the village. Edith plays with fire.

10:55 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 5, Part 2”. Rose hits on a strategy to get a radio in the house. Sarah tutors Daisy, and an art historian arrives.

Sunday, May 24

2:50 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 7”.

3:50 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 8”.

5:15 p.m. – “Downton Abbey, Season 6, Part 9”. After six seasons, the curtain comes down on “Downton Abbey”.

7 p.m. – “National Memorial Day Concert”. American men and women in uniform are honored with performances by National Symphony Orchestra.

8:30 p.m. – “National Memorial Day Concert”. Encore airing.

10 p.m. – “Last Tango In Halifax, Season 2, Part 1”. As Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface.

11 p.m. – “Modus, Season 2, Part 8”. The Swedish police and the FBI now know where Helen Tyler is, but will they get there in time?