'Tough times' for Lady Mary in Downton Abbey series four

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2013
Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes says the fourth series of 'Downton Abbey' will focus on the "tough time" facing Lady Mary Crawley following the death of her husband Matthew Crawley in the Christmas special

Julian Fellowes has revealed there will be "tough times" for Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey's fourth series.

The ITV show's writer says the fourth installment of the period drama - which is to air later this year - will be a difficult one for Michelle Dockery's alter-ego following the death of husband Matthew Crawley in the Christmas special.

Speaking at the National Television Awards at London's The O2 last night (23.01.13) - where the show won the Best Drama prize - he told BANG Showbiz: "There are tough times for Lady Mary I think we can say that."

While Julian refused to give much away about the fourth series, he is keen to see Shirley MacLaine reprise her role as Martha Levinson, the US mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern).

He added: "We were absolutely thrilled she was in the show but I don't really know what is coming, but I'm sure she will come back. I never know what is happening in my own life let alone the show."

'Downton' saw off stiff competition from 'Sherlock', 'Doctor Who' and 'Merlin' to take home the Drama prize at the NTAs, and Julian admits he never expected the show to be such a success.

He explained: "It's been an extraordinary experience to be in something that seems to have hit the button like this has. You never plan anything like that. You don't expect this - it's been marvellous."

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