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'Downton Abbey,' more British period dramas out on DVD

Maggie Smith, left, as the Dowager Countess and

Maggie Smith, left, as the Dowager Countess and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in PBS' "Downton Abbey." Credit: Carnival Films

'Downton Abbey': Season 3

Series Life at the grand manor moves past WWI to the challenges of 1920s Britain, marked by a visit from Cora's American mom, Shirley MacLaine. These nine episodes (still rolling out on PBS) include extended finale.

Extras Hourlong recap/making-of visits Ealing Studios and manor location; featurettes on MacLaine, historic background, more behind-the-scenes.

List price $50 DVD/$55 Blu-ray, out today from PBS.

(Also out: "Downton Abbey" Seasons 1-2 Limited Edition box, with many extras, $60 DVD/$65 Blu-ray.)


More period tales from Britain --

CALL THE MIDWIFE This "Masterpiece" favorite, set in 1950s London, starts its second PBS season March 31; $35 DVD/$40 Blu-ray, BBC.

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT AND MARPLE Two "Fan Favorites" starter sets in one handy box, 11 mysteries (produced 1989-2010) on six discs, with David Suchet, Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie; $100, Acorn.

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S PARTNERS IN CRIME "Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries" with Francesca Annis and James Warwick as married sleuths, 11 mysteries on three discs; $50, Acorn.


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