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Downton Abbey Season 5: Intrigue, Seduction, Fire! See New Trailer!

Modern World Catches Up to Staid Aristocracy

Downton Abbey returns for season 5, set in 1926 and it looks like the country estate will be jumping.

Downton Abbey returns for season 5, set in 1926 and it looks like the country estate will be jumping.

Downton Abbey returns for season 5 in September in the UK and it looks like the modern world has finally caught up with the staid British aristocrats. And, that’s exactly the problem, groans head butler Charles Carson, played by Jim Carter.

The new trailer only provides snapshots of the upcoming season, but it looks like the Abbey will be rocked by scandal.

The one-minute clip opens with bucolic scenes of the English country mansion, a gentle ringing of a servants bell and a car pulling up to the front door. It’s all downhill from there.

“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” says Butler Carson in a voice-over. His grim visage appears next to Siobhan Finneran as headmistress Sarah O’Brien.

He’s got that right. The whole clan is there: Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Rob James-Collier, Brendan Coyle, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Lily James, Sophie Mcshera and Tom Cullen all return for the new season.

Plus, Richard E. Grant and Anna Chancellor will be joining as guest-stars.

Grant will play Simon Bricker, a historian, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams. Chancellor plays man-eating Lady Anstruther; Look out Lord Grantham!

The Granthams will also be touched by the Russian Revolution. Rade Sherbedgia will play a refugee from the upheaval who lands on their door step.

The new season will play out against a political backdrop, the election of Britain’s first socialist Labor government, according to London’s Telegraph. The year is 1924 and the world will never be the same for the Earl.

“This government,” he warns, “is committed to the destruction of people like us and everything we stand for.”

What a world, what a world, indeed.

Check out the clip below. Unfortunately, the new series won’t air in the United States until January 2015. Damn Brits!

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