From the looks of it, the British drama is about to enter its P.G. Wodehouse years, with the ornate finery of the pre-war era giving way to a more casual definition of elegance. (That means tweed. Lots and lots of tweed.)
Inside the magazine reveals that, while technology on set obviously outpaces that of 1923, it’s still not fully caught up with the outside world yet.
As Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, complained to THR’s Alex Ritman, “You can’t get a 3G signal in here!”
To pass the time without smartphones, the cast relies on classic English parlor games to pass the time, just like the aristocracy of yore.
“Playing Wink Wink Murder – that helps at dining room table scenes,” revealed Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary.
Dockery was also keen to dispel reports that, as her TV husband Dan Stevens did, she’s about to leave Downton.
“I’m here ‘till the end,” she told the magazine, “whenever that may be.”
Downtown Abbey’s fifth season will premiere in America in January 2015, according to PBS. Creator Julian Fellowes has said he hopes the show will be broadcast simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K.
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