Downton Abbey on UNC-TV

Recorded Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:30PM

The above video is a recording of a Downton Abbey cast event that took place at 8:30PM on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. This panel conversation with the stars of Downton Abbey gave fans the opportunity to ask the cast their burning questions in advance of the Season 5 premiere.

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MASTERPIECE's Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9PM!

Downton Abbey Season 5This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made Downton Abbey the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

Season 5 of the international hit finds the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties. The beloved ensemble cast includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt and others. Written and created by Julian Fellowes.

Viewers can expect to follow plot threads left dangling from last season, including Lady Mary’s courtship contest, Lady Edith’s trials as a secret single mom, Thomas’s scheming against Bates, Robert’s battles against modernity, Tom’s quest to be true to his ideals, Violet’s one-line zingers, and much, much more.

One of the recurring themes of Downton Abbey is change, from the wrenching consequences of the Titanic disaster in Season 1 to a notorious automobile accident at the end of Season 3 — plus World War I, women’s rights, and the new morals, inventions, and fashions of the 1920s.

Which is where Season 5 kicks off. It’s 1924. The United Kingdom has its first Labor Party prime minister. The radio is the latest miracle of the age. And Downton’s traditional ways are besieged on all fronts.

Following the Season 5 premiere on January 4, enjoy the brand new documentary MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY: A MASTERPIECE SPECIAL, in which the historical advisor to Downton Abbey, Alastair Bruce, explores how the aristocratic set behaved in 1900s Britain.

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