Thursday, August 8, 2013

Downton Abbey draws 'handsome' new men (spoiler)


LOVE LOST: Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley.

August 8, 2013

It is hard to say who will grieve more for Matthew Crawley when the next season of the wildly popular television show Downton Abbey airs: his on-screen widow Lady Mary or the legions of fans of the show.

At least the fans can rest assured. Several eligible bachelors will swoop in on the mourning Mary and her English estate in Season Four, producers and cast members said, offering critics a tease of what lies ahead.

Downton Abbey has become one of the most talked about television series around the world. In the United States alone, the story of a fictional aristocratic English family a century ago has become the most watched drama ever on the PBS network.

The British show has won nine Emmys and is nominated for another 13 this year, including for best drama series.

The decision to leave by actor Dan Stevens, who played Matthew, forced writer Julian Fellowes to send him to an early death in the final minutes of Season Three, just as Mary had given birth to their first child.

Spoiler alert: In a clip shown to a meeting with the Television Critics Association, Season Four (which airs in the United States in January) opens with Mary finding it hard to bond with the baby. She sees Matthew every time she looks at the baby's face, said actress Michelle Dockery, who plays Mary. - REUTERS


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