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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Season 4 announced for ‘Downton Abbey’

OK, I’m just going to confess right now that I spent a lot of the holiday weekend re-watching “Downton Abbey” and drinking Diet Coke, because that seemed like a fun, holiday-ish thing to do. (So many questions! Why do we see Mary’s bedroom all the time, and never Edith’s or Sybil’s? Don’t they have their own rooms? How is Bates able, miraculously, to walk really fast when off-camera? Why is Elizabeth McGovern’s performance so very odd in Season 2, as if Lady Cora suddenly had the vapors? Why do Daisy and Mrs. Patmore never spill food on themselves, despite their extreme rushing about in the kitchen? Does the Dowager Countess spend all of her time lurking in hallways, the better to make a grand entrance when least expected? And why doesn’t she have her own show by now?) Anyway, it was loads of fun, and so quite appropriate to learn yesterday that Season 4 has indeed been confirmed by its British network, ITV. Eight new episodes and a Christmas special will begin shooting in February, and will air in the U.K. in the fall and here, most likely, in January 2014. (Season 3, as we know, starts on PBS Jan. 6.)
On a less cheery note: there’s word that Season 3 might be the last for Dan Stevens, the blue-eyed Hugh Grant type who plays Matthew Crawley. The Daily Mail notes (in a story that has a big Season 3 spoiler in it, so click at your own risk) that “a production source” says that he will likely appear in the first episode of that season, but not thereafter, and Stevens has said in interviews that he doesn’t know if he will return. Horrors! Somebody bring me a fainting couch.

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