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What Were Your Impressions Of The Season Four Premiere Of Downton Abbey?

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Downton Abbey season four debuted last evening on PBS Masterpiece Classic here in America in a two-hour episode where it seemed much went on with the downstairs crew, and perhaps not as much with the upstairs gang?

When we pick-up it is six months since the shocking death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens).  Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) has become the steely widow, who showed little emotion and was not in the land of the living!  She even called her baby, little George, a “poor little orphan!”  However, those who care for Mary and witness her wallowing in her grief finally make a major breakthrough, but not before it brought Mary and the viewing audience to tears with some exquisite performances.

Tom Branson (Allen Leech) tries to bring Mary back to life by suggesting she play a more active role in the running of the estate.  But it seems to fall on deaf ears.   You see,  Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) keeps wanting the duties of running the place and keeps saying to everyone that he wanted to protect Mary from dealing with “death duties” because she is just not ready!  However, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) told her son he just wanted sole control of Downton, once again!  And wasn’t Maggie Smith superb when she goes to see Mary and tells her she “loves her”, and tells her she has a choice to join the land of the living … or not?

Later, after Tom fails with Mary, he enlists Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) for help, since Carson and Mary always had a strong connection and friendship.  When he goes to speak to Mary she is a cold as ice.  He leaves her with this statement, “You’re letting yourself be defeated.”   Later after a family dinner gone awry, where Mary storms off from the table, she goes to see Carson and apologizes and breaks down in his arms.   This is the first time we see Mary in tears over losing Matthew!    Next, Lord Grantham finds a letter from Matthew written before his season three trip to Scotland where he names Mary as the sole heiress to his fortune.  After wanting to hide it, he does come forth with it and tells Mary, and once again she cries in beautiful performance by Michelle Dockery!

Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) is certainly getting out and about these days now meeting up  with Michael Gregson, who wants her to move to Germany with him so he can get out of his marriage!  Edith invites Gregson to meet the “fam” at Downton!  We shall see how that goes!

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One of the other major side story involved Mr. Carson , Isobel (Penelope Wilton) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan)…. Isobel is still grieving the loss of her son Matthew.  So Mrs. Hughes decides to help out Mr. Carson’s old theatre friend who fell on terrible bad times … who wrote a letter to Carson … which Carson threw in the trash … that was retrieved by Mrs. Hughes … that is how she knew all about this!

Mrs. Hughes brings Mr. Grigg to stay at Mrs.  Crawley’s to give her purpose in helping someone else while she is still grieving the loss of her son, and to have her in essence … come back to life!   After getting Mr. Grigg better he prepares to leave for his job at the Opera House in Belfast.  Grigg was leaving on a train and Mr. Carson shows up… finally!  The two men have the long awaited conversation!  We learn that in their younger years, Alice, a woman Mr. Carson had feelings for, chose Mr. Grigg over him. Their marriage was loveless.  Grigg revealed she should have picked Mr. Carson.   As the train was about to leave the station, the two men shook hands and parted as friends.  And of course, in the touching ending … Mrs. Hughes walked off by Mr. Carson’s side.  When will these two admit they have feelings for each other?  Ever?

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In addition, there was Lady Rose (Lily James) stepping out dancing which turned into a disaster at first, but may have brought her a new beau in her life!  Anna (Joanne Froggart) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) looking like they are being set-up for more trouble by the recently brought back Edna and conniving Thomas Barrow ( Rob James-Collier), and there was a very heartbreaking story involving the financial struggles of Mr. Moseley (Kevin Doyle) and more!

So, do you give the season four premiere of Downton Abbey a thumbs up? Or, a thumbs down?  What was your favorite part in the episode?  Did you need the hankies?  Let us know!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im a first time viewer…and i enjoyed it!!!

brian
brian

I will not give any spoilers since I viewed the entire season…. but as a whole, this season has a lot of very humorous wit. It is so very good. Loved every minute. A big bonus is Shirley Maclaine’s return in the “Christmas day” episode, which in the U.S. is the season’s finale.

Mark Y
Mark Y

There was a lot of story to follow. Was Cora always so thick headed? Will Robert never learn? He can’t handle the estate and the money! Is the Dowager turning over a new leaf? Will Mr. Moseley ever come out on top? Bates and Anna had better look out – they’re loved by many but not by all. Michelle Dockery and Penelope Wilton soared last night.

Derrick
Derrick

Wonderful episode……….

toscanti
toscanti

Love this show and glad it is back on the airwaves.

mo
mo

Sounds good. I have yet to watch the ep.

Diva4
Diva4

At first it seemed rather slow and not up to previous seasons but as the story developed I was completely engaged and enjoying and it lived up to my high expectations. There is a lovely dynamic between Tom and Mary.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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