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Judith Farr, Film and Television Set Decorator

Downton Abbey Marathon

Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22

Fans of Downton Abbey, the worldwide television hit, can watch more than 15 hours of episodes leading up to this month's season finale on the big screen of the Saint Louis Art Museum's Farrell Auditorium.

The two-day marathon will start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 with a screening of the entire Season 3. Friday's screening will end at about 8:30 p.m. The Art Museum will close at 9 p.m. that day.

The marathon continues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 with all episodes of Season 4 leading up to the season finale, which the Nine Network will broadcast the following day, Sunday, Feb. 23. Saturday's screening will end at about 6:30 p.m., but fans must arrive before the Art Museum's Saturday closing time of 5 p.m.

The marathon is free, and seating will be available to those first to arrive after the Art Museum opens at 10 a.m. Episodes will be broadcast continuously with brief intermission-style breaks when possible.

The marathon is an opportunity for fans of the runaway hit show to see on the big screen the stunning set design by Judith Farr, who will be visiting St. Louis this month as a featured lecturer for Art in Bloom, the Art Museum's celebration of fine art and fresh flowers. The festival, which features floral installations in more than 30 galleries, begins Friday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2.

During her Art in Bloom lectures, Farr will reveal how she painstakingly creates historically accurate scenes for Downton Abbey and tell behind-the-scenes stories about working inside Highclere Castle, the home of the fictional Crawley family and the real-life estate of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. In addition to the Emmy, BAFTA, and Oscar nominations she's garnered as a film and television set decorator, Farr also is an avid gardener. During Art in Bloom, she also will offer practical advice for recreating some of the Downton Abbey's lush elegance.