For a show where the appeal is largely drawn from dignified people throwing dignified shade in dignified surroundings, it looks like some real drama is in store during the next season of “Downton Abbey.” People have secrets! Grandchildren are stolen! Things are set on fire! Human beings are naked in bed!
For normal TV viewers, that might feel like a Tuesday, but for “Downton” fans it promises to be a thrill ride, for sure. (A thrill ride featuring Richard E. Grant!) The fifth season premieres in Britain in a few weeks — PBS will begin airing it in January 2015. Check out the trailer below.