'Downton Abbey' Season 3 preview [Pictures]
It's time to catch back up with the Crawleys. Jordan Bartel gives a refresher course and a preview for Season 3, premiering 9 p.m. Sunday on PBS.
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Violet, the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley( Carnival Film & Television Limited for Masterpiece / January 3, 2013 )
Played by: Maggie Smith (pictured above with MacLaine) and Penelope Wilton
Where we left off: Showing an unexpected fondness for the servants, it is Violet who demands the wounded servant William be brought back to Downton ... and who eventually tolerates the wounded soldiers living in the house. She still clashes with Isobel though. Generally about everything, enough to make Isobel leave for France for Red Cross work.
What to expect: Violet and Cora's mother don't exactly see eye-to-eye about much -- and it's hilarious to watch. Meanwhile, Isobel starts working to help prostitutes, where she encounters a very familiar face.