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The Highest Rated Drama in PBS History Offered in a Special Commemorative Keepsake for Fans of the Series to Enjoy Forever!

 Available on DVD from PBS Distribution October 18


Arlington, Va. – October 3, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “DOWNTON ABBEY: THE COMPLETE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET” on DVD.  “Downton Abbey” made television history when it originally aired on MASTERPIECE in January 2011. It became the highest rated drama on PBS, boasting millions of viewers tuning in each Sunday to watch the Crawley family and those that served them. Fans of the series became hooked, watching the splendor, romance, desire and heartbreak, scandal and rumor that flourished both upstairs and downstairs.

Now, this holiday season, fans of the epic series can own for the very first time, the ultimate keepsake – “DOWNTON ABBEY: THE COMPLETE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET.” All six seasons – 52 episodes – of the Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG® Award-winning program are offered, with specially selected bonus content (over 13 hours!) including 5 new hours extras. In addition, the box set includes exclusive gifts that lovers of the series will surely enjoy.  This is the ultimate Downton Abbey box set and a must-have for every fan!

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE COMPLETE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET” will be available on DVD October 18, 2016. The run time of this program is approximately 50 hours on 22 discs and has an SRP of $199.99.

The Beautiful Gold Keepsake Box Contains:

  • Working Downton Abbey pull-bell ready to hang on the wall or stand on a shelf.
  • Collectible set of six elegant cork-based coasters featuring the official Downton Abbey crest.
  • The Costumes of Downton Abbey, an exclusive photo-filled booklet featuring a forward from executive producer Gareth Neame.
  • Collectible hardcover book with 22 discs featuring all 52 episodes including each season finale Christmas special, video extras from each season, full color photography and favorite quotes from iconic characters.

The 5 hours of new bonus material include:

  • The Story of Downton Abbey

A 90-minute feature documentary following the story from Season One to the very last episode of Season Six, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

  • Character Documentaries

Seven short films that tell the stories from Seasons One through Six of some of Downton Abbey’s key characters through interviews with the actors and clips from all six seasons.

  • Downton Abbey Creators’ Favorite Scenes

Writer and creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame spend an hour watching and commenting on their favorite scenes from across the complete series.

  • Supercuts

Nine short films bring together all of your favorite memories, from The Dowager’s Finest Moments and The Best of Mrs. Patmore, to Downton Abbey Weddings, The Best of Downton Rows, and many more!

Additional bonus content includes:

  • Great Houses with Julian Fellowes
  • The Manners of Downton Abbey
  • More Manners of Downton Abbey

DOWNTON ABBEY” is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production written and created by Julian Fellowes. The series is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Chris Croucher is the Producer. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The Senior Series Producer for MASTERPIECE is Susanne Simpson.



The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Funding for the Series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Audible with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.


About Carnival Films

Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International and is the UK’s largest drama specialist.  The company is responsible for the global television phenomenon Downton Abbey and numerous primetime series such as The Last Kingdom for BBC and co-produced with Netflix and Sky 1’s highest rating original drama series Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.  Other shows produced over Carnival’s history include Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula as well as many award-winning mini-series such as Traffik, Any Human Heart and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

Carnival’s current slate includes second seasons of The Last Kingdom and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, the Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, a co-production with Neal Street for BBC/WNET PBS.  A new series Jamestown is currently in production for Sky.   Carnival has received a host of national and international awards including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs and was recognized as the UK’s best production company at the 2011 Bulldog Awards and 2012 Broadcast Awards.


About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’ films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming, and is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable, and satellite services.



Street Date: October 18, 2016

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 50 hours on 22 Discs

SRP: DVD $199.99

Format: DVD

Bonus Features: Over 13 hours of bonus video

Collectibles: Downton Abbey pull bell, set of six coasters, collectible hardcover book, and The Costumes of Downton Abbey booklet