Happy Thanksgiving from WPT and Downton

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. May it be filled with many guests, plenty of cheer and elaborate candelabras!


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Awaiting the Fifth Season

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What surprises are in store in Season 5?

The next chapter in the Downton Abbey saga will soon begin on public television throughout the U.S., and Wisconsin Public Television is your home for all things Downton Abbey from now until the Season 5 premiere in January.

Last year, we brought you news and videos daily. We’ll deliver more “Downton Dispatches” again this year as we await the new season.

Check back weekly for an inside look at the cast on set and behind the scenes, plus revelations about what’s to come in Season 5 (Don’t worry, we won’t spoil anything!) You can also sign up to receive Downton Dispatches via email by entering your email address at the top, right corner of this page.

In case it slipped your radar, here’s the official Downton Abbey, Season 5 trailer below. Only six short weeks until the season premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4.

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To be continued …

Well, without spoiling anything for those who haven’t watched the final episode yet, we can say with certainty that the Season 4 finale wasn’t as exciting as last year’s finale — but then again, how could it have been!


There was still plenty of excitement throughout and we certainly have things to look forward to in Season 5. Filming has begun, and the rumors about who Lady Mary gets closest to next season are already spreading throughout the web. If you like spoilers, they’re just a click away.

If you missed any of Season 4, or simply want to watch again, all eight episodes are streaming for free at video.wpt.org until March 9. This is our last post and we welcome any feedback you have. Thanks for reading and for being a fan of Downton Abbey on Wisconsin Public Television.

Continue following the latest news from Masterpiece — including the return of Mr. Selfridge — by visiting the series website or by following on Facebook. One last thing before we go. Today (Monday, Feb. 24), you can join Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) for a live chat at noon. Carmichael will discuss Edith’s empowering and harrowing journey through Season 4, and answer your most pressing questions and comments.

Thanks again, and see you around!

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Gillingham or Blake?

When Season 4 began back in January, we knew it would revolve around Mary getting on with her life. She’s had quite a lot of luck and now has two suitable men vying for her attention. So who will it be — Gillingham or Blake, or are we in store for yet another surprise ending. Tune in to find out. The Downton Abbey Season 4 finale airs tonight at 8 on WPT!

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Are You a Superfan?

All good things come to an end… but the really good things come back — including Downton Abbey — which will return for a fifth season next year! This blog, however, will have its last post Monday, after the Season 4 finale. We hope you’ve enjoyed following along as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing you news about the show.

The cast and crew are already shooting scenes for Season 5 (more on that Monday). Even though our daily posts will end, whenever there’s important, entertaining Downton Abbey news, we’ll be sure to feature it on wpt.org. There’s also plenty of great behind the scenes video that we didn’t get to. Find more video clips here.

Thanks for reading The Daily Downton. If you’ve read this far, consider yourself a Downton Abbey superfan! But just to be sure you are, take the Superfan Quiz from Masterpiece, which automatically enters you in the Superfan Sweepstakes. The winner gets a Kindle Fire and Downton Abbey T-shirt and tote bag!


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