New Downton Abbey Promos Tee Up Season 3's Dowager Countess-Martha Rivalry: ‘Dreadful!’

If your day just isn’t complete without a classy dressing-down from Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, this should butter your crumpets.

Two recently released previews of the British series’ Season 3 are all about the much-heralded arrival of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Cora’s mother, Martha. Maggie Smith’s opinionated character has quite a bit to say about her new American sparring partner – and as you’ll see, MacLaine’s outrageous alter ego can give as good as she gets.

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Press PLAY on the videos below to get a sneak peek of the upcoming season, expected to return to PBS in early 2013. And then hit the comments with your take on what’s ahead!

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