Soon after the conclusion of another record-breaking season of Downton Abbey in the U.K., executive producer Gareth Neame, who has worked on the international phenomenon with series creator Julian Fellowes since its birth, sat down with TV Guide Magazine to share some scoop. The much-anticipated series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants returns to PBS's Masterpiece this Sunday.
Downton Abbey's fourth season hasn't even begun in the United States, but PBS is already looking ahead to the fifth. The British series was officially renewed for a fifth season on Sunday.
How many gentlemen does it take to fill the void left by Matthew Crawley? A whole bunch will get the chance to try on the new season of Downton Abbey. "The loss of much-loved characters is real dramatic rocket fuel that enhances our storytelling," says executive producer Gareth Neame. "As much as people were devastated by the loss of Matthew — with some people almost grieving as they would for a real person — those are the dynamics of this show." No one is suffering more than widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). "We do see quite a bit of the Mary she was before she met Matthew, that icy iron-maiden quality," says Neame. "It's going to take an awful lot to get her back to life." She'll get some help from three handsome men when Downton returns to PBS's Masterpiece on January 5...
Pull out your dancing shoes, because Downton Abbey will be entering the Jazz Age.
[Warning: The following contains major spoilers from the past three seasons of Downton Abbey. If you haven't caught up yet, read at your own risk!]
It's been months since fans reeled from that shocking Christmas episode that also rocked the Crawley family, and now they're moving into the 1920s with new babies, suitors and even a musician or two. The story picks up in February 1922, when Downton Abbey is still in deep mourning for the loss of heir Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from an auto accident.
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"Both the audience and the characters have experienced some passage of time," executive producer Gareth Neame said at PBS' Television Critics Association fall preview on Tuesday.
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