Return to Downton Abbey premiered Sunday, December 1, 2013.
About the Program
Return to Downton Abbey savors fond memories from the past three seasons and offers a taste of season four of Downton Abbey. Hosted by actress Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series who especially admires the writing of Julian Fellowes — the program includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments.
Downton Abbey has captivated viewers worldwide, each season building on the love affair with the series that began three years ago. Over the years audiences have witnessed the Crawley family gripped by wrenching social change, romantic intrigues and personal crises. Last season saw the family experience great joy and profound sadness, leaving viewers to ponder these and other questions:
Structured around three themes, Return to Downton Abbey explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey,” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.” Cast members interviewed include Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Sophie McShera and Laura Carmichael.
Interviews with creator and writer Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame provide an overview and context for the series and the upcoming season, which is sure to include more drama, rivalry, intrigue, jealousy, ambition and romance. Also interviewed is Rebecca Eaton, MASTERPIECE executive producer, who comments on the success of “Downton Abbey” in America.
Return to Downton Abbey was produced and directed by Bob Marty.