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Discover the true stories that inspired “Downton Abbey” and the rich American heiresses who took old-world England by storm.

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Discover the true stories that inspired “Downton Abbey” and the rich American heiresses who took old-world England by storm.

    • EPISODE 1

    Cash for Class

    It's 1895 and the phenomenon of the "Transatlantic Marriage Trade" has reached its height. Daughters of America's new super-rich industrialists married into British royalty at a rapid pace, but these unions came at a price, financially and emotionally. While some women found true love overseas, others, like Consuelo Vanderbilt, found themselves mired in misery, loneliness and scandal. See how these families traded cash for class, how their heiresses survived, and even thrived in their new surroundings and what their legacy is in Britain today.

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    • 46 Minutes

    It's 1895 and the phenomenon of the "Transatlantic Marriage Trade" has reached its height. Daughters of America's new super-rich industrialists married into British royalty at a rapid pace, but these unions came at a price, financially and emotionally. While some women found true love overseas, others, like Consuelo Vanderbilt, found themselves mired in misery, loneliness and scandal. See how these families traded cash for class, how their heiresses survived, and even thrived in their new surroundings and what their legacy is in Britain today.

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    • 46 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Wedding of the Century

    In the late 1800s, Wall Street gamblers and buccaneering industrialists gained vast fortunes in New York, but couldn't gain the acceptance of the social elite, the Knickerbockers. Not to be denied, ambitious mothers and their millionaire American princesses took their wit, willpower, and money to Britain, a move that would change history. Discover the story of Jennie Jerome, whose transatlantic marriage gave us England's greatest statesmen, Winston Churchill, along with the stories of other American heiresses whose stories inspired the series "Downton Abbey."

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    • 46 Minutes

    In the late 1800s, Wall Street gamblers and buccaneering industrialists gained vast fortunes in New York, but couldn't gain the acceptance of the social elite, the Knickerbockers. Not to be denied, ambitious mothers and their millionaire American princesses took their wit, willpower, and money to Britain, a move that would change history. Discover the story of Jennie Jerome, whose transatlantic marriage gave us England's greatest statesmen, Winston Churchill, along with the stories of other American heiresses whose stories inspired the series "Downton Abbey."

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    • 46 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Movers and Shakers

    It's the early 20th century, about forty years after American heiresses first streamed overseas to trade cash for British titles, and England finds itself undergoing seismic political changes. The end of the First World War has brought amazing opportunities for women, especially the American transports. Over the next two decades, they will take high society by storm, take a seat in Parliament, and even take down a king. Experience these women's remarkable stories, which inspired "Downton Abbey," and discover how their legacy lives on today.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 46 Minutes

    It's the early 20th century, about forty years after American heiresses first streamed overseas to trade cash for British titles, and England finds itself undergoing seismic political changes. The end of the First World War has brought amazing opportunities for women, especially the American transports. Over the next two decades, they will take high society by storm, take a seat in Parliament, and even take down a king. Experience these women's remarkable stories, which inspired "Downton Abbey," and discover how their legacy lives on today.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 46 Minutes
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