Downton Abbey – Series 4

What happens in Downton Abbey – Series 4?

          Downton Abbey Series 4 is now airing in the UK, lucky devils, and January 5th 2014 in the US on PBS. Episode one had 9.5 million viewers, the biggest audience to date for a series opener for a period drama. We don't know all that happens in this season but some details are known. As the world of Downton Abbey changes and shifts into the more modern 20's, there will be more romance, drama, comedy, jealousy, rivalry and ambition for fans to engross themselves back into their Downton Abbey obsession.

          The show starts six months after the last one ended, so March 1922, with Lady Mary crying over Matthew Crawley's death. Lady Mary's story is going to dominate this season, with her trying to adjust to her new life as a widow and with her "difficult" relationship with her baby, while managing the Grantham estate. During the season, fans will find out whether Lady Mary will come out of the depths of despair to find happiness again with her potential new love interest, Lord Anthony Gillingham, not Tom Branson, as some suspected. Mary will not move on very quickly, as it will be difficult to replace the love of her life. The good looking and charismatic Lord Anthony is an old Crawley family friend whose history with Lady Mary dates back to childhood and he has been through similar problems as Lady Mary. He may be what she needs to cheer up, as he arrives at Downton Abbey for a house party designed to lift Lady Mary's spirits. His presence comes at an excellent time for Downton Abbey, as he is able to help with the money problems, earning Robert Crawley's respect. Unfortunately, any happiness Lady Mary experiences is going to be shortlived.

          There's a few other aristocrats joining in for Downton Abbey Series 4. Cora Crawley's mother, Martha Levinson, she will visit Downton Abbey again during the Christmas Special. Appearing alongside her will be Harold Levinson, Martha's son and Cora's maverick, playboy brother. Other additions are Lady Shackleton, a friend, confidante and sparring partner of the Dowager Countess, the Duchess of Yeovil will be a house guest and a drunkard, party-loving cad named Sir John Bullock, Also, there is a dashing aristocrat named Charles Blake, who might also be a potential suitor for Lady Mary, if she can get past his job of evaluating estates to ensure they run efficiently and his total despise for her and everything she believes in and stands for.

          Little news exists for the other aristocrats. Lady Edith's love interest for the show is her editor, Michael Gregson. They reunited after 6 months of not seeing each other and he introduces her to the Bohemian lifestyle. Lady Rose moves in to Downton Abbey, and, thus, is now a regular there, causing trouble. Isobel Crawley will still get continued attentions from Doctor Clarkson, despite her making herself clear in Series 3 about wanting to stay independent and free of a husband.

          Downstairs, we'll have a few changes too. Sarah O'Brien has left Downton Abbey. While it's not stated clearly, the makers hint at her leaving for a new position, but what's so good that it's worth leaving Downton Abbey? O'Brien may come back in the future but, meanwhile, she will be replaced with someone Thomas Barrow quite obviously has a hold over. Thomas uses O'Brien's replacement to feed him the stories and goings on from upstairs, hoping to find something to use to his advantage. Also, John Bates and Anna May Bates look to have a brief period of happiness followed by more problems, with Mr. Bates' dark side appearing more this season. Another new servant to this season is the visiting, charismatic valet named Green. Also, Baby Sybil Branson and Baby George Crawley will have a nanny, who might be a potential suitor for Tom Branson, if he can decide whether he should go for an aristocratic woman or working class woman. Ethel Parks is not in Downton Abbey Series 4.

          Musically, we have a couple of notable additions to Downton Abbey Series 4. First is the handsome, suave and charismatic Jack Ross, who will be the show's first black character. He will ignite some race-related controversy, as a jazz musician and singer at an exclusive club. Jack's link to the Crawleys' will be Lady Rose, the only one brazen enough to visit jazz clubs. Secondly, New Zealand-born, world famous, soprano opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will make a rare TV appearance on Downton Abbey series 4, giving a special performance at the party for Lady Mary.

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Downton Abbey – Series 4 Review

          Stay tuned for a complete review. It sounds like it will be an exciting, interesting season after the heartbreaking one we witnessed last season. There are so many exciting areas this season's show can explore. Brendan Coyle, the actor that plays John Bates, says this season is the best so far. We, at Downton Abbey Review, are looking forward to Downton Abbey Series 4.

          The main problem so far, with the details already released, is about Lady Mary and her potential suitors. Matthew Crawley was the love of her life, supposedly. Lady Mary had been with Matthew through good times and bad times from April 1912 to September 1921 – 9 and a half years. This show starts six months after his death and from the sounds if it, Lady Mary won't be lonely for long. Granted, Lady Mary is a catch and she can't pine away forever for Matthew but it just sounds too soon for someone to get over the untimely and abrupt demise of the love of their life. In addition, the Crawley family throw a party for her to cheer her up! She just lost the love of her life, she has a right to be miserable. Why can't they just give her time to grieve? Afterall, they grieved for Lady Sybil for well over a year.

          That's all from us for now. The Downton Abbey Series 4 review will be completed when the whole season can be evaluated after Christmas 2013.

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