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Are There More Deaths Ahead For Downton Abbey? ITV Withholds Episode 3 Preview

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10/04/2013 9:33 am
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Are There More Deaths Ahead For Downton Abbey? ITV Withholds Episode 3 Preview

Sigrid Bernhoerster & Clare Sidoti

Staff Writer & Managing Editor

There is reason to believe something big is happening on Downton Abbey this weekend as season four continues on ITV. The UK broadcaster has already established precedent: there were two deaths in the previous series and prior to each of those climatic episodes, the press were not sent preview copies. Now we’ve learnt that episode three of the new season has also been withheld for reasons unknown. So, assuming it is another death, who? The speculation begins: is it an established character? Will it be one of the new ones introduced in the past couple of episodes? Enquiring minds want to know. With the episode centred around an extravagant Abbey house party in an effort to raise the spirits of the widowed Lady Mary, there is lots of potential for more catastrophe to befall the House of Grantham. One corner that it may come from is the new valet, Mr Green (Nigel Harman). Harman has described his character as having “no redeeming qualities” and that his entrance will “stir things up.” We’ve been told that there’s trouble ahead for beloved downstairs couple, Bates and Anna (Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt) – will his arrival spark the beginning of this? Another interesting arrival is in the form of an acquaintance of Lord Grantham from his London gentleman’s club. A gentleman who seem harmless enough, but ITV has called Patrick Kennedy’s Mr Sampson, “slightly mysterious”. Could he be the one to bring trouble to Downton? Less likely candidates, but thrilling nonetheless, are other newcomers in this episode – Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), Sir John Bullock (Andrew Alexander) and Dame Nellie Melba (Kiri Tw Kanawa). Luckily for UK viewers, you will find out the secrecy behind this episode this Sunday night. North Americans, and viewers in other parts of the world, will have to wait a while longer – well, at least until the reviews come in on Monday.


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