TODAY | January 05, 2014
>>> for. for months now after season three ended in tragedy.
>> we have a preview of season four that ends on masterpiece. spoiler alert . if you haven't watched all three seasons, watch with a low volume for the next few minutes.
>> the splendor of "downtown abbey" hasn't changed a bit. lives of those within are turned upside down.
>> my husband is dead. can't you understand what that means?
>> a cloud overshadows the joy of a birth of abbey's new heir. the shocking death of matthew in a car crash the end of season three sees his wife mary deeply mourning.
>> we are allowed to accompany her on her road out of the trauma, out of the grnief.
>> one great romance ends another blossoms. among the potential changes, abbey's first black character. he sweeps lady rose off her feet.
>> gary is incredible. and we get a whiff of the jazz era coming in to the dusty halls.
>> the whirlwind '20s bring changes for the characters.
>> up don't understand with these toasters and mixers. we'll be out of a job.
>> the other servants there are bigger concerns.
>> very dark and serious and traumatic twist.
>> a twist that's controversial for british fans.
>> season four ends with a grand party in this london building. here's a tease. producers chose this hall because they wanted to recreate the inside of buckingham palace .
>> expect fireworks as shirley maclaine returns. one of the many american stars this season whose characters bring more upset to stately home where life is never dull.