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Series 4 starts gloomily but progressively the outlook brightens, although social change remains on the agenda.
on 5 April 2016
The series begins gloomily following the death of Matthew. Mary is grief stricken but as the series progresses gradually takes first an interest in securing the future of Downton for her son and then in her own personal happiness, although by the end of the series she still has further progress to make.
The old aristocracy is still coming to terms with post World War 1 social changes and the pressure is on to modernise the old estates.
The old traditions still linger however as the end of season Christmas Special is partially set in Buckingham Palace for the presentation of society daughters to the King and Queen.
The servants appear to have experience a similar roller coaster this time with Anna begin raped by the valet of a visiting Lord. But by then end and again in the Christmas Special live for Anna and Mrs Bates appears to return to normal and is there the start of romance between Carson and Mrs Hughes?