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Life goes on with a new season of ‘Downton Abbey’

Television » British hit is moving on — and so must the fans of this high-class soap opera.



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Maybe it’s not Mary who should be concerned about her love life, however. Maybe it’s the new men in her life who should be worried.

"They’re kind of like praying mantises, aren’t they?" joked producer Gareth Neame. "They come in and they get to do it once, and then she kills them or whatever female praying mantises do."

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That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but Mary does have frightfully bad luck with men. She was engaged to her cousin, Patrick, who went down with the Titanic. The first man she slept with — Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk (Theo James) — died in her bed, causing all sorts of complications.

And her happy marriage to Matthew lasted only a year or so before he was killed in that car-truck accident.

"The new actors coming into the show as suitors are really brave because God knows what can happen," said Dockery, adding that she is "pretty sure" that Mary’s second fiancé, Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen), "is somewhere dead and we don’t even know about it."

The one man who definitely won’t be a love interest for Mary is her brother-in-law, Tom (Allen Leech), who was widowed when Sybil died.

"We are aware that there are suspicions about Tom and Mary’s relationship, but they are very much friends," Dockery said. They share loss; they share running Downton Abbey. "So we do have a lot of scenes together. But, romantically, I don’t think it’s going anywhere. I hope not. It’s very inappropriate."

There is lots of "inappropriate behavior" in Season 4 of "Downton Abbey." A sexual assault. A political scandal. An interracial romance. (Remember, it’s 1922.) A highly inappropriate pregnancy.

But Mary and Tom? Not going to happen.

spierce@sltrib.com


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