From here on out at the start of our “Downton Abbey” articles, we are going to do our best to indicate whether or not the following contains spoilers for American audiences; this way, those still hoping to be surprised by the show upon its January 6 premiere date will still besuprised. This article is not only designed to be for American audiences, but the video below was created by PBS themselves. (Sadly, it is also not available to viewers outside the United States.)
Basically, what we are looking at here is a handy an efficient way to get yourself caught back up on the show in the event that you have not watched in a while. There are a series of brief highlights contained concerning Matthew, Mary, Robert, and a number of other characters who will still be front and center when January 6 does roll around.
Although PBS is not by any means a network with unlimited funds (ask Mitt Romney about that), they are doing their best to get the word out via as much grassroots marketing as possible for the new season. It helps that they have a fantastic show on their hands here, and we always do applaud a network that comes without an expensive cable package airing something that is strong enough to be on HBO or Showtime.
Just in case this video is not enough for you, be sure to check back all weekend long: by Monday morning we are going to have an exclusive interview with The Chronicles of Downton Abbey author Jessica Fellowes, who perhaps knows and has studied these characters (and the time period) better than anyone.
Also, if you want to check out what PBS may be doing to bring “Downton Abbey” season 4 to you without so much of a delay, you can do so by reading the story here.