First look at new Downton Abbey

Published Monday, 01 September 2014
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Ahead of the hit period drama Downton Abbey returning to UTV later this month, a first look trailer of the upcoming fifth series has been released.

The new season will begin on Sunday 21 September at 9pm and will continue to chronicle the day-to-day lives of the Crawley family and the servants below stairs at Downton Abbey.

Penned by Lord Julian Fellowes, series five will be set in 1924.

As well as the returning cast members, which includes Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, the new series will also feature guest stars Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor.

Speaking about series five, Executive Producer, Gareth Neame, said: "We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television."

10 reasons to watch brand new Downton Abbey

To ease the passing of time, here are 10 reasons why one should be rather excited about series five...

Times are changing
You may have noticed a few hints at change from the brand new trailer. We start series five in 1924 with much talk of a new Labour Prime Minister. Upstairs and downstairs, change is most certainly coming.

Sybbie and George
They've graduated from the nursery to fully fledged members of the household. We'll be seeing much more of the Downton juniors. Keep a listen out for Sybbie's new nickname for her Grandpa.

Even more secrets
Prepare for tensions between Baxter and Thomas to reach new heights, as her mysterious secret threatens to be exposed.
And on the subject of secrets, a surprise dinner guest causes quite a stir.

Jaw dropping drama
There is plenty more drama on the horizon, but it won't be long before a major incident turns the temperature up for both the Crawleys and the servants.

The Dowager Countess and Lady Isobel Crawley
The friendly rivalry continues, but will Violet be able to resist meddling in Isobel's affairs?

Mr Molesley
Always acting with the best intentions, Molesley just can't seem to get things right. Get ready to be dazzled by his radical attempt to reinvent himself.

Downton disputes
Some of the best Downton disagreements take place during either a lavish luncheon or a sumptuous dinner. This series promises more fireworks in the dining room.

Witty one-liners
It may be grand, but the residents of Downton are blessed with the gift of razor-sharp rhetoric. Led by the Dowager Countess, the cast are back in full-form.

The wisdom of Carson
The rock of Downton Abbey dispenses words wiser than any scholar. Rest assured that Mr Carson will be on-hand to give his unique and stubborn views on the world around him.

Sunday nights will be exciting again
Need we say more?

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