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01/07/2013 06:20 am ET | Updated Jan 07, 2013

'Downton Abbey' Premiere: Surprising Financial Woes Jeopardize Wedding Of Matthew And Mary (VIDEO)

Things got tense on "Downton Abbey" as the household faced financial strife -- though most don't know it yet. But their woes didn't stop Lord and Lady Grantham from giving their daughter her dream wedding at home. What almost did stop it was the groom-to-be, Matthew.

He'd found out he may well be in line for a healthy inheritance that could save Downton, but he told his fiancee Mary he wasn't sure he wanted to use it for that. It was a tiff that nearly ended their union before it began. Luckily, some wise words from downstairs put them back on the right path and the nuptials went off without a hitch.

The financial struggles came about because of a very bad investment by Robert, and how Downton gets through will likely be a major topic of the season, a relatable theme to many Americans in the current recession.

The drama continues to unfold both upstairs and downstairs on "Downton Abbey" every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

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