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‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 premieres on Jan. 5: A 1920s and jazzy perspective

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Downton Abbey” season 4 premieres on PBS on Sunday, according to a Jan. 2 New York Times report. The British series opens up season 4 to the roaring 1920s, and a new cause; an African-American jazz musician who has caught the eye of the earl’s niece. Fans should expect more stretched out drama but, as always the plot is “both utterly predictable and surprisingly addictive,” the New York Times said.

As the Examiner previously reported, season 4’s storyline, finds Sophie McShera’s character, young kitchen worker Daisy still pining over Alfred. “Downton Abbey” Season 4’s 1920s-era opens up new opportunities for all the women.

But as for Daisy, “She's still only got eyes for Alfred,” McShera shared with Access Hollywood . “She won't let it go. And it's really clear that he's not having any of it. But I feel like she thinks persistence will win out and it really won't.” According to McShera, skills may win out as Daisy tries to use her kitchen skills to win his affections.

“He's really into cooking, so she tries to woo him by teaching him dishes. He just makes a souffle with Daisy and then tries to talk to Ivy.” Fans should stay tuned for more of Daisy’s jealousy as she vies for Alfred’s attention with fellow kitchen maid Ivy.

“They were being civil. They were being like frenemies, but now she hates Ivy again,” McShera dishes. “She can't suppress the burning jealousy and hatred for Ivy. Everyone fancies Ivy and Daisy's livid.”

So what else does the 1920s bring to Downton Abbey”? McShera spills the beans. “There's a bit of everything, like the jazz thing. There's a lot of women in this series going off doing things that they wouldn't have been able to do before, like going for dinner with men in public -- Lady Edith,” she explained.

Season 4 of “Downton Abbey” premieres Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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