A water bottle in a publicity shot for the period drama "Downton Abbey" unleashed harsh criticism and hilarious parodies about the visual authenticity of the series. But it also raises deeper issues about its accuracy in advancing understanding of a remarkable time in British history, from 1912 through the 1920s. Penn State Abington Professor of History Andrew August, whose research focuses on social history, gender and culture in modern British history -- a sweet spot for discussing life on the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey -- weighs in on the cultural and historical accuracy of the wildly popular period drama "Downton Abbey."
WPSU and Erie’s public television station, WQLN, have been partnering with the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) and Velocity Network to use Pennsylvania's next generation research and education network (PennREN) to share their programming.
Local fans of "Downton Abbey" once again have the opportunity to discuss the hit British drama’s new season with WPSU-TV producers and guest experts. The second season of "After Abbey" premiered on Jan. 5, the first of eight live call-in shows dedicated to recapping each new "Downton" episode this season