Downton Abbey is back, with a season four trailer to get everyone excited. While we here in the United Kingdom will get to see the new season on September 22, American viewers will have to wait until January 5, 2014 for the season’s US premiere.
A ten second teaser trailer was shown earlier in the week and the first proper trailer was broadcast today on the English television channel ITV. Devoted fans of the show got a glimpse into what will be happening to the Crawley clan.
When season three drew to a close, things were quite dire for the residents of Downton Abbey. Lady Sybil died in childbirth, but not before giving birth to her and Tom Branson’s baby girl. The estate was in financial ruin. And Lord and Lady Grantham’s marriage was on the rocks.
The season finale saw Lady Mary’s husband Matthew dead after a car accident while returning from the hospital where their son was born.
The fourth season starts some months after the lethal accident. Lady Mary is being pressured to find a husband while she is still grieving over the loss of Matthew. In the trailer we see the formidable Dame Maggie Smith as matriarchal family head Violet Crawley speaking to Mary.
Violet tells Mary over a cup of tea that, “You have a straightforward choice. You must choose either death or life.”
Season three of the popular ITV drama was fairly downbeat with a large dose of personal tragedy on offer. But the new season looks to be breathing a little life back into the Crawley family. During the third season, acting legend Shirley MacLaine joined the cast as Lady Grantham’s American mother.
The new season will introduce more new cast members. Paul Giamatti is to play Lady Cora’ brother Harold and Gary Carr will play black jazz singer Jack Ross. Carr’s debut will gives him the distinction of being the first black character in the show.
The show is wildly popular in the United Kingdom and when STV, which airs the ITV television programs in Scotland, opted out of the first two seasons Scottish viewers were outraged. STV had opted to air a new season of the Scottish detective drama Taggart instead. Viewers switched to watching the English ITV channel via cable and STV have now decided to air the first two seasons of Downton Abbey.
American audiences have fallen in love with the period drama which features some of the best English talent in its cast. Downton Abbey received 12 Emmy nominations this year alone, as well as getting a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
Hopefully fans of the show will have had time to cope with the death of Matthew who died on the Christmas special in 2012, viewers were shocked that such a tragedy would be aired during the Christmas holidays.
Downton Abbey will be back on the American network PBS on January 5, 2014. We do apologise for rubbing that in, but honestly we will be thinking of you on September 22 while we watch the first episode of season four. But until the show airs in January, you can watch the new season’s trailer. Have a look at the video below.
By Michael Smith