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Well, that was all a bit of a damp squib. The 'Next Time' teaser at the end of last week's Downton suggested that this week's episode was going to be a ripsnorter. A possible death, a last-minute trip to America, the return of the dastardly Green. Everything was finally coming together.
On paper, it sounded exciting. In reality, Downton's fourth series continues to dawdle and meander at the pace of one Lady Mary's dehydrated pigs.
First things first, Dame Maggie Smith isn't going anywhere. The Dowager had a nasty bout of flu, Violet went a bit cuckoo with fever and the hair and make-up team got to have a giggle, dressing her up like Worzel Gummidge on a bad day. But after a few rounds of gin rummy and some mopping of the brow with a damp flannel from Isobel (Penelope Wilton), she's back on her feet again.
Just in case you weren't sure, »
The trailer has arrived for the eagerly-anticipated upcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey. The international series which is a huge hit, is written and created by Julian Fellowes. Starring are Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens and Penelope Wilton. Downton Abbey is set in an Edwardian country house at the turn of the 20th Century, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library and beautiful bedrooms of Downton Abbey, lives the family. Below stairs are the other residents, the servants, as fiercely jealous of their ranks »
This little snippets of info from ITV mean that we know a few nuggets of facts about this week's Downton Abbey.
We know it will feature some exciting news for Alfred that will shake up downstairs. We also know that Isobel works her charm on Violet and tries appealing to her charitable side, and that Branson will reveal some shocking news - that he is considering a fresh start for himself and baby Sybbie.
But what is in store for Anna and Bates as their relationship is put to the test by the dark events two episodes ago? And is Lady Edith's relationship with Gregson going to have a happy ending, or is it doomed for failure?
1. Alfred (Matt Milne) is heading to the Ritz for some training. Look at all his new friends.
Downton Abbey's single parents, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech), have barely been seen with their children in the opening episodes of the series, so it's a relief that in episode 5 we finally see the pair spending time with the ever-so-cute baby Sybbie and baby George.
Watch the episode 5 Downton preview below:
However, all isn't well for the doting parents as Tom expresses concerns about his current life and reveals that he may have plans to start afresh elsewhere, away from Downton.
Meanwhile, viewers can also look forward to some more delightful Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton scenes as Isobel attempts to appeal to Violet's charitable side. Downstairs, a new opportunity for Alfred (Matt Milne) will add further tension to Ivy (Cara Theobold) and Daisy's (Sophie McShera) relationship.
> Read our review of this week's 'Downton Abbey' episode
Downton Abbey continues on Sunday (October 20) at 9pm on ITV. »
The rebellious couple returned to ‘Downton Abbey’ on Jan. 20 with the fuzz hot on their trail!
Tom (Allen Leech) may be a beautifully wrapped package, but sometimes I wonder if the box isn’t completely empty. He arrived at Downton this week, all wet — I know what I said, let’s move on — and all alone. The police believed him to be an instigator of a rebellion, so he fled Ireland and left Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) behind. Yes, pregnant Sybil. God, how could someone who looks so good in a nightshirt be so stupid?!
Sybil eventually made it to the abbey — her and Tom’s 360-degree kiss in the main hall was a nice touch — but her troubles are far from over. It looks like she and Tom will have to stay there at least until the baby is born, which by my calculations should be sometime next week! »
- Andy Swift
Network: PBS (as part of the Masterpiece series)
Episodes: Ongoing (60-120 minutes)
TV show dates: January 9, 2011 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, and Penelope Wilton.
TV show description:
The TV series begins in 1912 and is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a country house Yorkshire. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.
The estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff »
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