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Downton Abbey Season 4: Complete Episode Schedule

For eight weeks every year, we get a mini-vacation to England. True, it’s often plagued by some kind of tragedy (miscarriage, world war, death) but still, every year something always draws us back (exquisite fashion, true love, elaborate dining scenes). This year, as per usual, Season 4 of Downton Abbey premiered in the United Kingdom at the end of September with U.K. fans joined by their American counterparts at the start of January. This time round, Season 4 premiered on PBS on Sunday,... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/D54a0ZOMICY/2014-01-13-season-4-episodes-pbs-schedule

Downton Abbey Producer Defends Controversial Storyline

  Warning: If you have yet to view last night's Downton Abbey, stop reading now, as this story discusses a major plot point. American viewers who tuned in to Downton Abbey on PBS last night got to see what outraged British audiences months earlier when the controversial episode first aired in the UK. Having previously survived the false imprisonment of her now-husband Mr. Bates, long-suffering head housemaid Anna ( Joanne Froggatt ) was ...   //www.tvguide.com/News/Kecks-Exclusives-Downton-Abbey-Producer-Rape-Storyline-1075965.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Downton Abbey' EP: Rape storyline shocks because Anna is 'a beloved character'

"Downton Abbey" introduced an upsetting storyline for Season 4 Sunday (Jan. 11) when Anna (Joanne Froggatt) was attacked and raped by a visiting Lord's valet in the servants' hall during a house party at the estate. When the episode aired in the United Kingdom, there were a few complaints levied at U.K. network ITV about the storyline, though executive producer Gareth Neame tells Zap2it that it wasn't as controversial as the press made it out to be."It's a much-loved character and people were shocked that something could be perpetrated on such a beloved character," says Neame. "But depending on what you were looking at in the U.K. press, you should bear in mind that most of this was whipped up by the media to create a story. There were a very few number of complaints, there were not a large number of complaints. It was whipped up as a newspaper story.""Which is fine, it drove... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-ep-rape-storyline-shocks-because-anna-is-a-beloved-character.html

Downton Abbey Season 4: What Happened to Anna Bates?

We had a bad feeling the January 12 episodeof Downton Abbeywould have an upsetting twist. Why? Because when the episode aired over in the United Kingdom back in October, the early copies of it were kept fromthe media — that's the same move Downtonmade during Season 3 when Lady Sybil Crawley(Jessica Brown Findlay) and Matthew Crawley(Dan Stevens) died. This time death did not come to Downton but beloved fan favorite Anna Bates(Joanne Froggatt)was targeted by a visitor to the Abbey. Warning:... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/l_1enVwpxQA/2013-10-06-season-4-anna-bates-attack

Downton Abbey’s Anna Shocker: Joanne Froggatt and Julian Fellowes React

Welcome to the unofficial support group for those who’ve just finished watching the January 12 episode of Downton Abbey Season 4. It’s a tough one to get through for so many reasons (and, if you haven’t watched it yet, you may want to read this before continuing). Without sending us all back to the freezer for another scoop of ice cream, let’s just say the combination of deception, betrayal, and assault presented in the episode makes it one of the more unforgettable of the entire series —... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/brupYvUNvhE/2014-01-08-anna-bates-attack-cast-reacts

Downton Abbey Season 4’s January 12 Recap: All That Glitters

After watching Downton Abbey’sJanuary 12episode, there’s really only one character we want to talk about: lady’s maid Anna Batess (Joanne Froggatt). In the episode, Julian Fellowes once again turned the plot on its head with an unexpected, upsetting twist. Due to the sensitive nature of what happened to Anna, that information won’t appear in this recap but ina separate article. As a warning, that piece includes details that may be disturbing to some readers. Now let’s all take a deep breath... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/sNBvsxNL70s/2013-10-06-season-4-episode-3-recap

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 episode 2: A horrific attack changes everything

"Downton Abbey" took a dark turn for its second episode of Season 4 on PBS. Warning -- don't keep reading if you haven't watched the episode yet. DownstairsThe Crawleys are hosting a house party featuring a performance by famed opera singer Dame Nellie Melba from Australia (guest star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, doing her own singing). Lord Gillingham is invited and brings with him his valet, Mr. Green (guest star Nigel Harman), who takes a shine to Anna. Green seems like a fun man, teaching the servants a wild card game and cracking jokes. But Bates is instantly suspicious of him and his suspicions are proven right when Green follows Anna downstairs during the opera performance and beats and rapes her in the servants' hall. It's incredibly upsetting, even with most of the attack happening off-screen. Anna's screams echo in the halls in a sharp juxtaposition with the singing upstairs that everyone is busy enjoying,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-episode-2-a-horrific-attack-changes-everything.html

Julian Fellowes on Dan Stevens' Downton Abbey Departure: "Just Get on With it"

Julian Fellowes on Dan Stevens' Downton Abbey Departure: "Just Get on With it" Celebified hit the red carpet at the 2014 BAFTA awards tea party and discussed all things Downton Abbey with its writer and executive producer, Julian Fellowes. Find out how the show managed to keep its bearings after Dan Stevens, AKA Matthew Crawley, announced his departure.

Downton Abbey Season 4 Spoilers: Who Is Edna Braithwaite?

Of all the faces we expected to see roaming the halls of Downton Abbey during Season 4, Edna Braithwaite’s (Myanna Buring) wasn’t one of them. Edna first entered our lives at the tail end of Season 3. At first, she seemed harmless enough, just another maid who would neither win us over like Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) nor, we thought, be a diabolical as O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran). Oh, how very wrong we were. Edna soon made her interest in the recently widowed Tom Branson (Allen Leech)... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/1GdTPlUe4Cs/2014-01-10-season-4-edna-braithwaite-spoiler

'Downton Abbey' Season 4, episode 2 warning from PBS, plus a sneak peek clip

It wouldn't be "Downton Abbey" without some drama, and Sunday's (Jan. 12) episode comes with its own warning from PBS: "This week's episode contains scenes which may not be suitable for all audiences, and has a parental guideline rating of TV-14, V."PBS has also released a clip of the next episode, which features Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) out for a ride with Lord Tony Gillingham (guest star Tom Cullen), who is currently attached to another woman, Mabel Lane Fox, whom Mary calls "the greatest heiress of the season."When Tony says that both sides are keen on the match, Mary says, "You may be surprised to hear that a match that is wanted so everyone can turn out to be extremely happy," referring to herself and her late husband Matthew. Gillingham says that Mary is lucky to have experienced a great love in her life, and she says she's not sure about that. "Matthew changed... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-episode-2-warning-from-pbs-plus-a-sneak-peek-clip.html