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Features Guest Stars Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor,


Rade Sherbedgia, Harriet Walter, and Peter Egan


“Downton Abbey Season 5” Airs on MASTERPIECE on PBS
Sundays, January 4 – M
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Arlington, Va.December 5, 2014 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5” on DVD and Blu-ray January 27, 2015. “Downton Abbey”returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate – a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history.


Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.


This acclaimed ensemble is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter (“Atonement”), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan (“Death at a Funeral”), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant (“Girls”), Anna Chancellor (“The Hour”), and Rade Sherbedgia (“24”).


DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5” airs Sundays on MASTERPIECE on PBS from January 4, 2015 to March 1, 2015. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $54.99. The run time is approximately 8.75 hours on three discs. The DVD and Blu-ray sets contain all of Season 5, including the finale. The DVD and Blu-ray feature the original U.K. edition of Season 5 as well as more than 40 minutes of bonus video. The program will be available for digital download.


Written and created by Julian Fellowes, “DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5” is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production. Carnival Films, headed by “Downton Abbey” Executive Producer Gareth Neame, is a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production. The series’ many honors include 11 Emmys®, two Golden Globes®, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards®.


Viewers can expect to follow plot threads left dangling from last season, including Lady Mary’s courtship contest, Lady Edith’s trials as a secret single mom, Thomas’ scheming against Bates, Robert’s battles against modernity, Tom’s quest to be true to his ideals, Violet’s one-line zingers, and much, much more.


One of the recurring themes of “Downton Abbey” is change, from the wrenching consequences of the Titanic disaster in Season 1 to a notorious automobile accident at the end of Season 3 – plus World War I, women’s rights, and the new morals, inventions, and fashions of the 1920s.


Which is where Season 5 kicks off. It’s 1924. The United Kingdom has its first Labor Party prime minister. The radio is the latest miracle of the age. And Downton’s traditional ways are besieged on all fronts, as evidenced by this exchange between the head housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, and the butler, Mr. Carson:


“We’re catching up, Mr. Carson. Whether you like it or not, Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” says the forward-thinking Mrs. Hughes.


“That’s exactly what I’m afraid of!” the butler retorts.


Whet your appetite for “DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5” with “The Manners of Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE, hosted by on-set historian Alastair Bruce. Airing on January 4 on PBS, and available on DVD ($24.99) and Blu-ray ($29.99) January 6, this fascinating one-hour documentary follows Bruce, the maestro of period manners and historical accuracy, as he helps the “Downton Abbey” cast and crew recreate the social behaviors of 1900s Britain. Cast members Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery reveal what it’s like to inhabit characters from a different era, giving fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the series. “The Manners of Downton Abbey” is a Carnival Films, Chocolate Media and MASTERPIECE Co-Production.


“Downton Abbey” is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production written and created by Julian Fellowes. The series is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Chris Croucher is the Producer. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The Director of episodes one, two, and three is Catherine Morshead. The Director of episodes four, five, and nine is Minkie Spiro. The Director of episodes six and seven is Philip John. The Director of episode eight is Michael Engler.




MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.


About Carnival Films

Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production and the UK’s largest drama specialist, responsible for global TV sensation Downton Abbey, winner of two Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, and the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys with a total of 51 nominations. Founded in 1978, Carnival has produced over 500 hours of popular drama including acclaimed mini-series Traffik, Dracula, Poirot, The Hollow Crown, David Hare’s political thriller Page Eight, BAFTA award winning Any Human Heart, Whitechapel and Hotel Babylon. Downton Abbey is executive produced by Carnival’s Managing Director, Gareth Neame. In 2011, Carnival was recognized as Best UK Production Company at the Bulldog Awards and named Best Production Company at the 2012 Broadcast Awards. Production on a new series, The Last Kingdom, for BBC America, based on Bernard Cornwell’s “The Saxon Stories” will begin later this year.


About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.


PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable and satellite services.



Street Date: January 27, 2015

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 8.75 Hours on 3 Discs

SRP: DVD $49.99 and Blu-ray $54.99

Format: DVD and Blu-ray