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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS TO HOST ELEGANT DOWNTON ABBEY INSPIRED EVENTS, INCLUDING VIP RECEPTION AND SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING OF SEASON 4
AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, PHOENIX


Eight invites Downton Abbey devotees to an upscale celebration of the beloved drama, followed by a first look at the new season

WHAT: The wait is almost over for Season 4 of Downton Abbey, the most-watched drama in PBS history! Eight, Arizona PBS counts down to the highly anticipated premiere, airing Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. on Eight, with an unforgettable 1920s-inspired evening on Sunday, December 8 at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception, at which guests are invited to dress in their best ‘Roaring 20s’ attire as they enjoy live entertainment, a costume contest, hors d’oeuvres guaranteed to please even the most discerning palates, and exclusive Downton Abbey giveaways to celebrate the return of their favorite elegant estate.

Tickets to the VIP event are available for purchase at $90 per person and may be procured at www.azpbs.org/downton. Proceeds of this special event benefit Eight, Arizona PBS.

Following the reception, Eight, Arizona PBS will offer a first look at Downton Abbey Season 4 with an exclusive sneak preview of the first hour of the season opener at a free public screening in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom at 6 p.m. Six months have passed since the tragic accident that left fans reeling, and Eight welcomes viewers to be the first with the scoop on the Crawleys and their favorite series characters.

WHO:  Eight, Arizona PBS in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix and Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

WHERE:  The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, located at 2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85016

WHEN:  Sunday, December 8, beginning at 5 p.m.
For more details on both Downton Abbey inspired events, visit azpbs.org/downton.

Eight encourages fans searching for more Downton Abbey to tune in to Return to Downton Abbey, hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Return to Downton Abbey features the most jaw-dropping, heartstring-pulling events from the past three seasons of Downton Abbey and provides a tantalizing taste of Season 4, featuring a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members and video clips of favorite moments. 

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For 50 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.