TV Picks: January is Downton Abbey month on PBS. One hour before “Downton Abbey” Series 5 airs this January 4th, PBS will broadcast “The Manners of Downton Abbey,” which is a one hour documentary co-production between Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE, featuring Alastair Bruce, who is the on-set historian who makes sure everybody wears their gloves exactly the right length and the forks and knives are all in the right place.
This season, the world is definitely changing:
At the recent summer TCA press tour, executive producer Gareth Neame and and “Lady Edith”, Laura Carmichael were asked about the Internet rumor that Lady Edith is possibly Lady Rosamund’s child.
Neame turned to Carmichael and asked, “Do you know that theory?
“I have heard that theory, yeah…” answered Carmichael. “I sort of I love it. It’s so lovely that there is that kind of questioning as to how that was played. But I think it comes from those moments when Edith says, ‘You won’t understand, Rosamund, because you’re not a mother.’ And the pain that Sam Bond played in that moment, I think, is she’s a childless woman and so she cares for Edith in that way. But it’s very interesting that people have interpreted.”
Neame responded, “I think it’s an extension of there’s that rumor that Prince Harry isn’t the actual son of Diana and Charles. Isn’t it something to do with that or…”
“And people speculate, I guess, answered Carmichael. “But, I mean, I think they’re definitely close, and Rosamund has stepped up to take care of Edith in this very difficult time. And I think Rosamund and myself and Maggie sort of represent the not brunette gang of the Crawley family.”
Lady Mary’s personal evolution was also addressed by Michelle Dockery.
Michelle said of her “Lady Mary,” “She’s very complex. I think that she she’s impulsive. So she makes these decisions, and then, you know, once she goes through with it, she looks back and actually realizes it wasn’t quite the right decision. And I think this series, she is quite impulsive, and she’s embracing her new life really. I think she’s through the grief now. And I kind of see Series 5 for Mary as the new Mary, I guess, in a way. And so with that, she’s got a bit of her bite back that we had in Series 1, which I’ve enjoyed playing. It was lovely to do Series 4 with playing all of that emotion and everything, but this series is a lot more fun. So I’m enjoying it.
The Manners of Downton Abbey On MASTERPIECE
Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10:15pm ET on PBS
What goes on behind-the-scenes to get the manners of 1900s Britain exactly right on Downton Abbey? Enter the world of Edwardian etiquette with host Alastair Bruce, historian, expert on royal ceremony and custom, and the historical advisor to the hit drama series. This one-hour documentary features revealing interviews with leading cast members, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Sophie McShera and many others. Discover the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants (and the servants interacted with each other), and above all why they behaved as they did. Illustrated with memorable moments from Downton Abbey, the program is a treat for fans and anyone fascinated with the customs of early 1900s Britain.
Downton Abbey, Season 5 on MASTERPIECE
Sundays, January 4 – March 1, 2015 at 9pm ET on PBS
It’s 1924. The United Kingdom has its first Labor Party prime minister. The radio is the latest miracle of the age. And Downton’s traditional ways are besieged on all fronts as Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories. Returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and a host of others are joined by several guest stars, including Harriet Walter and Richard E. Grant as the drama continues in Downton Abbey, Season 5.