You know the year is off to a good start when we are treated on day five with season four of the PBS Masterpiece Classic series Downtown Abbey.
Should you need a reminder, season three ended with both a birth (Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley's son) and death (Matthew Crawley/Dan Stevens who ran off to search for greener Broadway and film pastures) in the two hour Christmas special. The finale ended on a poignant moment when Mary asked her hubby "Will I be your Mary Crawley for all of eternity?" which suggested Matthew had about five minutes of television time left. If this were American tv, Stevens could return in a dream sequence but since it is not, look for Lady Mary to shed the black dress and hook up mid season.
|Look for Lady Mary clad in lots of black for the first part of the season|
|Actor Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham will play a possible suitor for Lady Mary|
Fortunately fan favorite Maggie Smith a.k.a. Dowager Countess will be back and here is hoping we see more of Shirley MacLaine as well. Actor Paul Giamatti (who has played a wide range of characters from HBO's John Adams to NBC's Pig Vomit in Private Parts) joins the cast as Cora's playboy brother Harold.
|MacLaine and Giamatti with Mr. Carson/Jim Carter|
|The period perfect settings of Highclere have become a familiar setting for viewers|
|Many of the show's settings will see an update to reflect the twenties|
|Production designer Donal Woods oversees the sets that will include the addition of party scenes in London|
|Jazz singer Jack Ross/Gary Carr plays a new character|
|Paul Giamatti and Poppy Drayton in what could be a Ralph Lauren Ad - ironically much of last season's line was influenced by the show|
Never fear, there will be a season five. In the meantime, catch season four at 8pm/Central Sunday, January 5th on PBS.
Photo Credits: © Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE