Following last week’s teaser trailer for the much-anticipated fourth series of Downton Abbey revealing that the full promo would follow, Saturday night saw exactly that in all its glory.
The trailer, which is only one minute in length, had just about everything you would expect from a series of the hugely popular and award-winning ITV period drama.
Following the death and destruction left by series 3 it is hard to think that anyone in the great house would be smiling at all, but thankfully that is simply not the case.
Obviously there is still a lot of sadness following the deaths of both Lady Sybil (Jessica Findlay-Brown) and Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), especially from their widows Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), and the children they have been left to raise alone.
It is with this in mind that the trailer opens with a forlorn looking Lady Mary being told by the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith):
“You have a straight forward choice; you must choose either death or life,”
To which Mary replies:
“And you think I should choose life?”
Which is met with a sympathetic nod from the matriarchal Dowager.
Following this however, there is a montage of mixed emotions, starting with Alfred (Matt Milne) and Ivy (Cara Theobold) dancing as well as Lady Rose (Lilly James) dancing with Downton’s first black member of cast, Jack Ross (Gary Carr).
Then there are a series of kisses including one between Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), one between Anna (Joanne Froggatt)and Bates (Brendan Coyle) and what looks like one between Tom Branson and the new nanny!
The rest of the clip shows a selection of smiles, hugs, meaningful looks and hidden giggles all rounded off with some pimping out of Lady Mary, a grand entrance by Nigel Harman and a big fat “welcome to Downton” from Lady Rose.
All in all we it looks like we are most definitely in for one hell of a ride when the show returns to our ITV screens this autumn – watch the trailer for yourself in the clip below: