Friday British Programming

Unwind from the week with British programming on WLIW21.

Friday Night Line-up

Downton Abbey – Masterpiece, Season 4

Fridays, 8 p.m.


Six months after Matthew’s death, family and servants try to cure Mary and Isobel of their deep depression. Meanwhile, O’Brien causes a final crisis. The beloved returning ensemble, includes: Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others.

On September 20 (the of the Downton Abbey feature film premiere), love is in the air at Downton Abbey, and darker emotions too, as Mary, Edith, Tom and Anna each struggle with a dilemma. (Part 3 of 8).

Visiting Highclere Castle, the estate where Downton Abbey was filmed, was a highlight of last summer’s WLIW Born to the Manor trip to England. See our To the Manor Born Tour adventures, here.

Watch all six seasons of Downton Abbey – Masterpiece on demand with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.

To the Manor Born

Fridays at 9 p.m.
On the episode airing September 20, Audrey receives a letter from an old friend who will be passing through and asks to spend the night.

Mum: Season 3

Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) plays Cathy, a widow in her late fifties who is grieving the death of her husband while maintaining the relationship with her cranky in-laws, and trying to be helpful to her blundering grown son, Jason, and his girlfriend. Over the course of one year, starting with the funeral in January and ending on New Year’s Eve, Cathy must navigate the everyday realities of this new era of her life alongside the good intentions of her lovably baffling family. Offering a refreshingly funny and modern perspective on an often overlooked stage in our lives, Mum is the story of a woman discovering who she is again and maybe, if she could only see him, finding love second time around.

By Season 3, Cathy’s family friend Michael (Peter Mullan of Westworld), has become a love interest. This final season depicts a week in Cathy’s life, and each episode is named for a day of the week. On Friday, September 20, the episode is “Saturday”: It’s Derek’s birthday and the family comes together to get the house ready for the party.

800 Words – Season 2

Fridays at 10 p.m.

800 WORDS follows the widowed Sydney newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thompson) as he sets out to make a fresh start with his teenage children by moving to the tiny New Zealand town where he vacationed as a child. When the transition proves to be more difficult than he anticipated, George and his grieving family find themselves facing an uncertain future.


See our British programs on Monday night, Tuesday night, and Saturday night, too.

Do you miss Friday nights with The Great British Baking Show? WLIW21 members can stream all seasons of either show with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.