Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 2 September 23, 2012 Downton Abbey, ITV, News Downton Abbey Series 3 episode 2 airs tonight Sunday 23 September, 9pm on ITV (UK). Episode Synopsis: The estate’s future is hanging in the balance and Mary is hoping to receive a bailout from grandmother Martha. Violet also attempts to help her make sure that Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before with a grand party for friends and neighbours. Mrs Hughes gets some news that worries her. O’Brien’s attempts to boost Alfred’s progress are met with disapproval from Thomas. Show Summary: “The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear, that it seems as if the way of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won’t.” From the pen of award-winning writer Julian Fellowes comes the third series of ITV1’s costume drama, Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked. Throughout the great house new arrivals rattle the established hierarchies, and the lives of the inhabitants are as shaped by romance, ambition, desire, shocks and heartbreak as ever. The secure, serene and ordered world of Downton is rocked by passions below the surface and there are changes above and below stairs. The third series, set in 1920, sees the return of all the much-loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey.