Downton Abbey junkies now know when they will get their next fix. The drama is set to return January 5th and will run up to February 23rd with new episodes in the US. PBS announced the premiere earlier today.
Shirley MacLaine will return as Martha Levinson, and she will be joined by several new cast members including Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, a friend of the Crawley family who has known Lady Mary since childhood. Nigel Harman will play a valet named Green, and Dame Harriet Walter will play Lady Shackleton a friend of the Dowager.
PBS will also be premiering a new series titled Last Tango in Halifax, a British comedy/drama that will premiere September 8th and dovetail with the finale of Masterpiece Mystery Silk. The new series consists of six episodes that previously aired on BBC. Last Tango was an incredible success for BBC, drawing over 7 million viewers. Naturally a second season has been ordered.
“I fell in love with Last Tango and its stars from the moment I saw it,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “And love and family and all the complications that come with it are at the heart of this warm comedy-drama.”