With the return of the 4th season of “Downton Abbey, “ series creator and writer Julian Fellowes is one busy man. As he writes for the eighteen characters on the popular Masterpiece Series, the prolific writer/producer managed to find time to direct his own version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” which hits theaters October 11th.
“Downton” returns to US households in January on PBS. Fellowes was in town for the Emmys and talked to Classic TV Examiner about the show and his new film. “Downton” garnered an astonishing 12 Emmy nominations for Masterpiece. Although the show went home empty handed, its victory was in the ratings for the UK Season 4 premiere episode. The show returned to a record 9.5 million viewers, up from 9 million the previous year.
As the fourth season opens, the house is still in mourning as Mary is still dealing with the untimely death of her husband, Matthew. No one seems to be able to get the widowed out of her funk; not her family and not even her young infant son George. Matthew’s death affects those who knew him best, including his mother Mrs. Crowley and his butler, Molesley, who finds himself unemployed.
Mary’s sister Edith seems to be rekindling her romance with her London publisher and new “Downton” resident Cousin Rose tries to help hire a new housemaid for Lady Grantham after O’Brien takes off in the middle of the night. Also, it’s Valentine’s Day in the house. How will the holiday affect the downstairs household staff? Meanwhile, Tom may have his hands full, raising his toddler daughter Sybil, keeping a return member of the staff at bay all while trying to convince Robert and Mary that Mary should take Matthew’s place to running the household.
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