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places ➸ the Great Hall
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Could I ask you something, sir? Only… I get the feeling that a war’s on the way.
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Downton Abbey is returning to our screens, the most eagerly awaited television event of the year. But instead of simple excitement, there’s the anxious sense this time that the show could be past its best — and ready for the TV scrapyard.
A first preview of the new series revealed yesterday that, after the shocking deaths of two leading characters, Downton is darker and more emotional than ever before.
The elements that have made it the world’s most loved costume drama are still in place, more sumptuous than ever — the acres of brocaded furniture, the glittering silverware, the tapestries and tiaras.
So, too, are the towering central performances of Hugh Bonneville, as an aristocrat struggling in the modern world, and Michelle Dockery as his eldest daughter — now widowed, and frozen in her grief.
For a programme that reinvented the old-fashioned concept of Upstairs Downstairs, with light stories woven into the main plotlines and plenty of humour to keep audiences smiling, that’s a bold ambition.
It seems to hurt her even to breathe: she is, she admits, living in the world of the dead.
Lady Mary has never been a warm, fuzzy character. Her emotional control has sometimes seemed clinical, even icy. But it would be inhuman for her to cope with motherhood and the loss of her husband without support. The question is, who will be her rock?
For both writers and cast, that challenge alone could have been overwhelming. Neames made it plain that he had battled to keep Dan Stevens on the show, at least for a couple more episodes. ‘I know that tragic finale brought 12 million Christmases to an abrupt stop,’ he admitted.
Instead, the brilliance of Michelle Dockery and her fellow stars has transformed the tragedy into a new and compelling reason to lose yourself in the Downton universe this autumn.
It could have been a disaster. Instead, it promises to be a triumph.
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All alone with plenty of money and a house in Eaton Square? I can’t imagine anything better.
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“Doesn’t it occur to you that I might believe the best guarantee of Sybil’s happiness lies with me?”
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A new dawn, a new age
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Downton Abbey, Series 4 (x)
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