The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues, beginning six months after the unexpected death of Matthew Crawley - heir to Downton Abbey, husband to Lady Mary, and brand new father to a baby boy and successor - in a car accident. Although it is the 1920s, Britain still observes mourning rituals that are almost Victorian in their solemnity.Nonetheless, life goes on at Downton Abbey and the Crawleys are beginning to snap out of it: Robert, Lord Grantham, must manage the estate without his canny son- in-law; Cora suddenly faces a staffing crisis; Violet, who has seen enough tragedy, knows how to recoup quickly; Isobel, Matthew's mother, may never recover; Edith, who was jilted at the altar, tempts scandal with a new beau; and Mary now finds herself the most desirable widow in Yorkshire. And the servants also pick up, buck up, and get on with life - with new arrivals, departures, rivalries, and betrayals among the downstairs staff.
Six months after Matthew's death, Mary is mired in grief, and the family and servants try to help her face a future without Matthew. Meanwhile, both Tom Branson and Carson face figures from their pasts, and Edith experiments with modernism.
The fates of several characters converge at an opulent house party where a famous guest performs and a new friendship forms. [This episode contains scenes which may not be suitable for all audiences.] The much-loved cast of Downton Abbey Season 4 includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, and a host of others, with guest stars Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti.
Love is in the air at Downton Abbey and darker emotions too, as Mary, Edith, Tom, and Anna each struggle with a dilemma. Things are cooking for Ivy and Alfred, and heating up in London.
The Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. And new evidence turns up in a baffling case. The much-loved cast of Downton Abbey Season 3 includes Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, and a host of others.
Pride and prejudice mark Robert's surprise birthday party when Rose's potentially scandalous recruit raises eyebrows and Mary clashes with an instantly antagonistic man of the people. Bates and Anna step out, and Edith gets troubling news.
Downton's drove of pigs arrive, Robert departs, and illness descends. Mary and Blake may have found common ground, but Edith faces her troubles alone.
Robert and Thomas return from America, Bates makes a surprise trip to York, Edith prepares to go abroad, and suitors flock to Mary. Branson helps someone move on, and Rose makes her move.
Eight months after the bazaar, the Crawleys head to London for Rose's presentation before the king. Mary's suitors await them, the Levinsons join them, and a potentially explosive scandal threatens to embroil them.
|Release Date||28 January 2014|