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December 26, 2013

What to Watch on Thursday: Exploring the mysteries of the real 'Downton Abbey'

A special edition of “20/20” looks at the history of the English castle that inspired the BBC/PBS series “Downton Abbey.”

Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond ‘Downton Abbey’ (9pm, ABC) - A special edition of “20/20” looks at the history of Highclere Castle in Newbury, England, the castle that inspired the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (8pm, Turner Classic Movies) - A 1947 adaptation of James Thurber’s short story about a milquetoast proofreader ( Danny Kaye) who finds refuge in daydreams of bravery and heroic flights of fancy, including a Wild West gunslinger, a riverboat gambler and an RAF pilot. The 2013 remake starring Ben Stiller opened in theaters this week.

River Monsters (9pm, Discovery) - In the Season 5 finale, Jeremy’s search for the Loch Ness monster takes him to the depths of the Scottish lake and the volcanoes of Iceland.

The Women of SNL (9pm, NBC) - A repeat of a 2010 special spotlighting the female performers of “Saturday Night Live,” including memorable past sketches featuring Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Kristen Wiig and others.

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