The Sun’s TV Biz today reports that the new series of Downton Abbey will feature a wedding, a funeral, a war and a SEX scene!
Here’s the paper’s article…
The long-awaited second instalment of the period drama returns to our screens in September – but we’ve had a sneak preview.
After drawing in nearly 13 million viewers last year, the ITV hit promises to deliver again with a heady mix of romance, scandal, tragedy, laughs – and more questions of etiquette.
And there’s more good news for fans as the cast and crew of the upstairs-downstairs saga have been primed for at least another series… if not FOUR.
Executive producer Gareth Neame said: “I think it can continue for series four, five and six! It could move up to the 1930s, as long as the audience wants it.”
Series one ended as the First World War began – and the second outing sees Downton Abbey turned into a convalescent home for injured troops.
But as usual at Downton, nothing is going to be straightforward. Brendan Coyle, who plays lovelorn valet Mr Bates, revealed: “There are so many twists and turns – things happen in this series that you definitely won’t see coming.
“We were shocked every time we picked up a new script.
“It is very bold, dramatic stuff.”
Mr Bates’s will-they-won’t-they romance with head housemaid Anna (Joanne Froggatt) is set to continue.
But viewers will be left wondering whether they can ever have a happy ending, especially when his WIFE turns up.
Meanwhile there is hope for those other Downton lovebirds – heir apparent Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens, and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). Their romance stalled at the end of the last series when he rejected her advances. But actor Dan has hinted it may not be the end of the relationship.
He revealed: “There is a wedding – but whether it involves me and Lady Mary or not, you’ll just have to wait and see.
“We’re still filming so I don’t even know myself how things will pan out.”
Matthew is one of three Downton characters who go off to fight in the trenches – and their scenes were filmed in a field near Ipswich during the huge 23-week shoot.
Dan said: “It was such fun to film – the real stuff of dreams for a boy. It was very cold and very muddy and I was still finding bits of soil from the explosions in my hair and clothes, days later.”
Back home Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) turns nurse and Lady Edith learns to drive.
That put actress Laura Carmichael behind the wheel of a £500,000 vintage motor. She said: “I think my heart rate is only just going back to normal!”
Downton’s Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith) and faithful servants Mr Carson (Jim Carter) and William Mason (Thomas Howes) return.
While among the new characters are posh Lavinia Swire (Zoe Boyle) – a love interest for Matthew – and newspaper magnate Sir Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen).
Below stairs there’s housemaid Ethel, played by ex-Emmerdale actress Amy Nuttall. She revealed: “Ethel has an eye for the men and one in particular.
“She’s silly and doesn’t think before she acts or speaks, which gets her into trouble time and time again.”
Downton Abbey, which also returns for a Christmas special, has been sold to 22 countries.
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, is still coming to terms with its success. He said: “I first realised how big it was when a ten-year-old boy started telling me how horrid the footman Thomas is.
“I’ve had people grabbing me and asking, ‘Why isn’t there a second series yet?’
“So we’ve been filming it as fast as we can!”
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