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Downtown Abbey - Series 4 ?

Now that series 3 has ended on a good note the annual cricket match, how would we like the series to develop?, as there will presumably be a series 4 - after the next christmas special.

Thomas the gay footman isnt having much fun at Downton, he can't even kiss the new footman. He should take his reference and head off to London where he can meet his own kind, and land a super job with a hot diplomat.

Lady Mary has got rather boring, its Lady Edith who is now the interesting one - a bitch no longer (as in series 1) after being ditched at the altar I thought she was embracing her spinsterhood, but now has a new admirer, her newspaper editor who is - I can hardly say it - married to a madwoman in an asylum (shades of Jane Eyre!).

How will they all face the developing 20s? Will the rich mother in law (Shirley McLaine, thankfully in only 2 episodes) lose all her fortune in the Wall st crash? That would serve her right ...

Surely such a huge house would need a lot more cleaning staff and more than just one cook ?

Dan Stevens may not be returning, but that Irish firebrand Branson is settling in nicely to his new rank, after the death of Lady Sybil.

by Anonymousreply 1011/12/2012

Because, if course, ALL if us have seen season 3. Asshole. šŸ˜”

by Anonymousreply 111/12/2012

downtown? How about Downton

by Anonymousreply 211/12/2012

So we shouldn't mention Downton until everyone has caught up with Series 3 which has already been broadcast and the dvd is available?

Sorry for the typo - it was early morning London here.

by Anonymousreply 311/12/2012

It airs in the US in January of 2013, R3. So, while some people might have found ways to watch Season 3, many are waiting to see it when it's on TV.

by Anonymousreply 411/12/2012

Oops better not have any discussion on it till then, its already aired in the UK and we have the dvd out already.

by Anonymousreply 511/12/2012

Desiderata for DA, series 4:

1) Get Thomas laid, preferably with Branson 2) Get Elizabeth McGovern some acting lessons 3) Get Fellowes some History of the English Language books, so that people in "his" early 20th century England won't be saying absurd, anachronistic things like "steep learning curve", "cut him some slack", "batting for the same team" 4) Refocus the story so that it's all about Mrs O'Brien scheming her way upstairs as Cora and Lady Mary's lover (a sort of female version of The Servant) 5) Axe the whole, miserable thing.

by Anonymousreply 611/12/2012

Agree, loving Lady Edith and Mary's the bore. Everyone looked smashing in their cricket whites.

Loved how the gay panic sitch was resolved. For S4, I predict Alfred, unable to stay at Downton with his principles intact, will go cook for Cousin Crawley making way for a new footman.

p.s. If you don't want S3 spoiled, it's a bit daft to open a link for S4

by Anonymousreply 711/12/2012

In Season 4 we find out that Matthew is a secret crossdresser and, when in full drag, he's having an affair with Thomas.

by Anonymousreply 811/12/2012

OP, those with an kind of common courtesy would have posted on the INSIDE.

You know exactly what you did.

by Anonymousreply 911/12/2012

This morning I kept going to the ITV website to watch the next episode and could only find the last one. I didn't realize the cricket match was the final one in the season.

I thought this was the best of the three seasons. I have forgiven Fellowes for what I considered his anti-gay theme in the show which was resolved in a positive way.

No one who watches this on PBS will be disappointed. The Blu ray and DVDs are out but the Blu ray isn't region-free this year so you have to have a region-free player to watch it. The last two years it was region-free and thousands of people in the USA we able to buy it from the UK and watch the Blu ray before the series came out in the USA.

It wasn't a pleasure having to watch the little ITV player using TunnelBear, but I couldn't wait.

by Anonymousreply 1011/12/2012
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