Even classic cartoon characters aren’t immune from the pop culture zeitgeist! On Monday, January 26, PBS KIDS will premiere an all-new episode of kids’ favorite Arthur inspired by the hit British period drama Downton Abbey. The charming aardvark’s high society adventure, “Fountain Abbey,” will also be available on DVD January 27 through PBS Distribution.
Family secrets and lore will be uncovered by Arthur and his anthropomorphic friends in the drama-filled send-up. Muffy will be devastated when she learns her great-great grandmother Mary Alice wasn’t royalty at all — she was a common maid! But reading Mary Alice’s diary, Muffy is transported back in time to the famous English estate where her ancestor worked, and there she discovers the surprising story behind her humble roots.
The week’s Arthur lineup will also include spoofs on The Wizard of Oz and The Tell-Tale Heart. See local listings for air times.