American viewers are still a way off from having the upstairs-downstairs bunch of “Downton Abbey” over as guests in their homes through the telly, but we have some crumpets of information to hold you over before then.
Executive producer Gareth Neame and cast members Michelle Dockery (Mary), Laura Carmichael (Edith), Allen Leech (Branson) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna) appeared before reporters at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills.
After a trailer of the upcoming fifth season – Lady Mary riding a horse! Talk of Dowager Countess having a past! Bates talking children! – the group talked about what lies ahead.
“I think for all of these characters, everything is just ratcheted up,” Neame said. “Everything is much more complicated.”
The new season of the British period drama, which rolls out Jan. 4 on PBS, will take place in 1924, about six months from where the finale left off.