Downton Abbey, Series 5 - Cast
Downton Abbey, Series 5 - The Downton Abbey Series 5 cast ©2014 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs

Downton Abbey Series 5 previewed. Downton Abbey returns for it’s 5th series with stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt.

The makers Carnival Film & Television have released ten pictures to announce it’s return. The UK will be getting the series in September but, like the earlier series of the show, US’s PBS will be holding it back until January 2015.

Downton Abbey, Series 5 - Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael
Downton Abbey, Series 5 – Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) with plastic water bottle! ©2014 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs

One of the pictures caused quite a stir within hours of it’s release. The photo of Lord Grantham and Lady Edith was quickly withdraw when fan’s pointed out a plastic water bottle on the mantlepiece behind them. Plastic bottles weren’t widely used in the UK until the early 1960s! One newspaper headline was… “Eau dear”!

New cast include Richard E Grant as Simon Bricker, Anna Chancellor as Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia plays a Russian refugee, Kuragin. Returning guest cast include Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton plus Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire.

The stock phrase about the series is just a little adjusted, “The fifth series, set in 1924, sees the return of our much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey. As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked”.

Downton Abbey Series 5 begins where season four left off but with it being 1924 the Earl is concerned that Britain’s first Labour government will spell the end of the aristocracy. Jimmy, the footman, is more positive telling other servants: “When did we last have a politician who understood the working class?”

The show’s writer and creator, Julian Fellowes, says “We’ve got to the stage when it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the world really is a different place to the one it was 10 years before. All of our characters have to make adjustments.”

He went on to tell “This year is about them dealing with the fact that they’re now incontrovertibly living in the modern world.”

Downton Abbey is broadcast in 255 territories which includes both Russia and China!

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