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'Downton' and Out in Beverly Hills
July 24, 2014  | By Bill Brioux  | 5 comments
 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA —Downton Abbey is PBS’s Super Bowl. The BBC import draws the highest ratings on the public broadcaster, and network officials once again gave it red carpet treatment at press tour.

Reporters were given yellow wrist bands to get into Tuesday night’s dinner event, where four cast members, along with a couple of producers, sat before the press. (At top, from left to right, that's Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, Joanne Froggatt, and Laura Carmichael.)

Before the Q&A, reporters were teased with some top secret clips from Season 5, which will begin airing in the fall in The U.K. but not until January 4 in North America on PBS. How this still works in this era of spoilers and the Internet is beyond me.

The clips didn’t reveal much about Season 5, and neither did the cast. We were told that guest stars Paul Giamatti (pictured) and Shirley MacLaine will not be returning this coming season. It was suggested that there will be a lot of big changes and that things get personal.

“You’re expecting the Downton Abbey Red Wedding, aren’t you?” kidded Allen Leech,  who plays aristocrat-in-training Thomas Branson.

Leech was by far the jokiest of the quartet. Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) was amused by theory that she is Lady Rosamund’s child. As long-time Buffalo News critic Alan Pergament has observed, Lady Mary (Joanne Froggatt) is still “colder than a Buffalo winter.”

Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton also  ran clips of three new Brit imports airing on PBS this season: Grandchester, a new version of Poldark; Indian Summers; and Wolf Hall, starring Damien Lewis.
 
 
 
 
 
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5 Comments
 
 
EG
Thanks to TVWW readers for setting the Downton record straight… –EG
Jul 25, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Kathy
it is obvious the author of this blurb is NOT a fan of the show. why pretend?
Jul 25, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
John
there are so many errors, I am not sure the writer has ever seen the show...
Jul 25, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
Stuart
ITV - Not BBC
Jul 24, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
MS
Lady Mary is played by Michelle Dockery who is actually third from the left in the photo at the top. Joanne Froggatt plays Anna Bates, Lady Mary's maid.
Jul 24, 2014   |  Reply
 
 
 
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