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Has “Downton Abbey” jumped the proverbial shark, or in its case, the sterling silver tea set? That troubling question arises in many reviews for the British soap opera’s fourth season, which returns viewers to the world of white gloves and dinner jackets Sunday when it airs on PBS. It’s a glorious long-ago time filled with trusty valets, conniving parlor maids and well-intentioned aristocrats. “Downton Abbey” follows the social, romantic and financial headaches of a sprawling group of landed gentry and servants as they struggle to adjust to changing times following the end of World War I. Among the signs of an. »

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