With its new trailer, the story for Downton Abbey: A New Period is beginning to come into sharper focus. To whit: it is the roaring Twenties, and the “fashionable” world is as soon as extra seeking to breach the defences of the Crawley household pile. Have a look:
The challenges confronted by the household this time embrace Hugh Dancy’s movie producer/director, who arrives to make a speaking image at Downton, inflicting a lot consternation for each upstairs and down – ominous warnings of “actresses plastered in make-up and actors simply plastered” abound. Among the many latter is a infamous rake performed by Dominic West.
And past the borders of the home there’s the opposite huge storyline, that of the villa that Violet “Dowager Countess” Crawley (Maggie Smith) reveals she’s inherited, presumably from an previous flame. Although with all of the thriller being weaved round this one, we’re beginning to fear she was a serial killer and that the place is plagued by buried corpses. In all probability not, although – she largely sticks to murdering egos along with her sharp wit.
If The Gilded Age is not utterly scratching that Julian Fellowes itch, Downton Abbey: A New Period will likely be in UK cinemas from 29 April.