Downton Abbey, 401 - Michelle Dockery, baby and Di Botcher
Downton Abbey, 401 - Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Baby George and Nanny West (Di Botcher) ©2013 Carnival Films

UK viewers are just over a week away from seeing Downton Abbey series 4 Episode 1 with a air date of September 22, 2013. The US PBS screening of the series will be January 5, 2014.

The opening and closing series episodes will again be feature length continuing the story of the Crawley family and their servants in the early 1920s.

Episode 1 of 8. Transmission: Sun 22 Sep 2013 at 9.00pm – 10.30pm on ITV

Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 1 – Image Gallery

Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 1 – Official Information

Following Matthew’s untimely death, new mother Mary is struggling to come to terms with her loss. Robert and Violet disagree on how to bring her through it.

Downstairs, hearts are set to be broken as Jimmy finally takes an interest in Ivy. Carson has an unwelcome reminder of his past while Mrs Hughes sees an opportunity to help grief stricken Isobel. Thomas is up to his old tricks and has the children’s Nanny in his sights.


Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Maggie Smith
Robert Earl of Grantham – Hugh Bonneville
Lady Edith Crawley – Laura Carmichael
Mr Carson – Jim Carter
John Bates – Brendan Coyle
Lady Mary Crawley – Michelle Dockery
Molesley – Kevin Doyle
Anna – Joanne Froggatt
Lady Rose – Lily James
Thomas – Rob James-Collier
Tom Branson – Allen Leech
Mrs Hughes – Phyllis Logan
Cora, Countess Of Grantham – Elizabeth Mcgovern
Daisy – Sophie Mcshera
Alfred – Matt Milne
Mrs Patmore – Lesley Nicol
Isobel Crawley – Penelope Wilton
Jimmy – Ed Speleers
Ivy – Cara Theobold
Edna – Myanna Buring
Michael Gregson – Charles Edwards
Nanny West – Di Botcher
Bill Molesley – Bernard Gallagher
Postmistress – Helen Sheals
Charles Grigg – Nicky Henson
Spratt – Jeremy Swift
Lady Shackleton – Harriet Walter
Farmers – Moray Treadwell and Nigel Betts
Waiter – Tristan Beint

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online