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The British hit series “Downton Abbey,” as Nancy Franklin wrote in the April 18, 2011, issue, “is set in an enormous English country house, combines romance, suspense, and comedy, and has sumptuous production values and several juicy performances…. [It’s] a savory Sunday dinner of a series, an Anglophilic roast in a sea of Austenish manners-and-mores gravy, garnished with a fateful Dickensian twist that changes, or threatens to change, the fortunes of an entire family.” Hype? Hardly. Although the Emmy-winning smash returns to PBS on Sunday night for its second season, many impatient American fans already have gone online for a less-than-legal streaming fix (the season began airing in England months ago, though it has remained officially offline). There are other online destinations for devotees as well. Read more at newyorker.com…