Real Drama On TV Today Takes Place On PBS With “Downton Abbey”


Some say there is a football game to watch today on television.  But in our home the real excitement takes place on PBS when the fourth season of the internationally loved Downton Abbey charms its way into our living room and conversations.  James and I have been addicted from the start, and have pondered the next chapters in the lives of the engaging characters that make each episode most remarkable.  The writing is so precise, with each line given the weight needed to make the story build and allow for historic tones to be displayed.  There is no way not to howl with delight over Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham as one example of the perfect alignment of performer to character.   If you want to fall in love with a brilliant show on television, let this be your moment.

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As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, “Downton Abbey” remains a saga about elegance, tradition and gentility — and the pressures of preserving them.                

On the premiere, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS, Lady Mary Crawley has buckled under the weight of widowhood six months after her husband, Matthew, perished in a car crash. Inconsolable at the start of the episode, Mary (played by Michelle Dockery) dismisses their infant son as “a poor little orphan.”

Her father, Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), wrestles with business pressures: the death of Matthew and the absence of a will have thrown the Downton manor, already financially fragile, into further crisis.

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