On Friday, January 3 TV Guide posted an interview with executive producer Gareth Neame about the upcoming fourth season of the British drama "Downton Abbey," which will premiere in the United States later this month. The new season will focus on the Crawley family recovering from the loss of both Matthew and Sybil. Season four will start with a time jump of six months after the season three finale. "Downton Abbey" season four premieres on Sunday, January 5 on PBS at 9 p.m.
Lady Mary Crawley will still be in shock over Matthew's death and has not moved on or is taking care of herself. The first episode will be about who the rest for the family and the servants help her be a mother and get her back to her old self after losing her love. The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) will be one of her biggest helpers. Mary won't have a love interest for awhile since she is in mourning, but eligible men will take a liking to her.
Tom Branson on the other hand is now in charge of the Downton estate, and faces opposition from the family about how to run it and improve the future. Branson will continue to have difficulty fitting in with his lower class upbringing and his upper class family. Anna and Bates will not have smooth sailing this season, and some of their troubles will involves some of the new cast members.
Lady Edith will have lots of romance in the new season and will even become involved with a married man who is also her boss. The Crawley's cousin Rose will be one of new faces on the series and will come to say at Downton. She will introduce the world of jazz to the Crawley's and has a controversial romance with a black musician named Jack Ross.
There will be several new servants at Downton Abbey so everyone will need to adjust and learn their place. The fourth season was already finished airing in the United Kingdom and production on season five will begin in the next few weeks. However, that season will not air in the United States until early next year. Neame believe the show will continue for a least a few more seasons, but "there won't be a tenth season," as the actors would be the wrong ages as history progresses in the series.
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