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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 6, 2013) – KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station, will offer an exclusive preview of the new season of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” Fans of the most-watched drama in PBS history are invited to Elliott Student Union 236 on the UCM campus at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 for a free public screening of the first episode of the series.
“Downton Abbey” enters its fourth season with the world waiting to learn how the characters deal with a shocking tragedy. The returning cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Academy Award-winner Shirley McLaine, and a host of others. Among the new faces are Paul Giamatti as Cora’s playboy brother, Harold; Dame Harriet Walter as Violet’s longtime friend, Lady Shackleton; Gary Carr as jazz singer Jack Ross; Joanna David as the Duchess of Yeovil; Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham; and Julian Ovenden as an unexpected houseguest.
Season Four opens six months after the end of Season Three. Although it is the 1920s, Britain still observes Victorian mourning rituals. Nonetheless, the Crawleys are beginning to snap out of it: Robert, Lord Grantham, must manage the estate without his son-in-law; Cora suddenly faces a staffing crisis; Violet, who has seen enough tragedy, knows how to recoup quickly; Isobel, Matthew’s mother, may never recover; Edith, who was jilted at the altar, tempts scandal with a new beau; and Mary now finds herself the most desirable widow in Yorkshire. The servants also pick up, buck up, and get on with it with new arrivals, departures, rivalries, and betrayals among the downstairs staff.
“Downton Abbey, Season 4,” airs on eight Sunday evenings, beginning onJan. 5, 2014,on KMOS-TV.