Appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, along with executive producer Gareth Neame, the womwn of Downton Abbey seemed right at home in the 21st century. The Dowager Countess may have cringed by the amount of electricity in the room, but it was like old home week for the cast of the British period drama as they answered questions during the PBS portion of this years presentation.
Aside from the ‘I’m really jealous’ fact that clips of series 4 were shown in the room, lots of great Downton tibdits came from the packed session.
- Asked why she isn’t on Twitter, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) said, “It turns out that Lady Mary’s Eyebrows beat me to it.”
- Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) when asked where Edith’s storyline is going this season, now that she’s a professional woman writing a newspaper column: “I like to think of Edith as the Carrie Bradshaw of the 1920s”, referencing the Sex and the City character.
- Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes) when asked whether Downton Abbey will continue to chart the history of Britain all the way into the 1940s and show World War II, said she hopes that the show doesn’t go that far into the future or Mrs. Hughes won’t be around: “I’d certainly be dead by then, so I hope not!”
- Not letting Michelle Dockery off the hook with only a softball question about Twitter, one critic asked about what fans should be reading into a recently released photo of Lady Mary and Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Dockery said, “We are aware that there are suspicions about Tom and Mary’s relationship, but they are very much just friends”, adding that it would be gross “…if Mary went after her dead sister’s husband.”
Finally, the single biggest bit of news to come out of the Television Critics Association meeting isn’t something you can really take to the bank just yet, Michelle Dockery all but confirmed a fifth series by saying: “As far as we know, we’re all doing Season 5 next year.” Quick to follow up was Downton Abbey show producer, Gareth Neame, who added: “Our minds are on the fifth season and what those potential stories will be… I think the show has a while to go. If people love the show, we want to keep making it.