Will Bates get out of jail? Has the Earl of Grantham lost his fortune? Has Matthew let Mary down? In the new Downton Abbey Season 3 promo, die-hard Abbey fans can get a glimpse of what’s to come early next year.

Although the Emmy-award winning English drama Downton Abbey will be hitting the UK screens this fall,  North Americans will have to wait with bated breath until January 2013 to find out whether or not Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) will be married or if Anna (Joanna Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) will be reunited. For now, the show has unveiled their new promo, which reveals a whole new set of drama.

In the first clip it’s revealed that the Grantham family, now into the roaring ’20s, have lost their money, which in turn causes more problems for Mary and Matthew. We know from season one that the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Boneville) suffered financial problems before and was bailed out by his wife Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother. Will Cora’s mother bail out these aristocrats again?

“Gradually over the next two decades many houses were let go, and by the 40s and 50s it really was the coup de grace for that way of life. So the 20s and 30s always strike me as being a rather nebulous, febrile period,” says creator Julian Fellowes. “In some ways it was very exciting - there were all the new dances, aeroplanes and movies, and more and more people having cars and so on. But in another way it was also full of fear because nobody quite knew what the new world would be.”


The second clip whets our appetites for what is sure to be a most exciting display of witty banter between Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), and the Countess Dowager, Violet (played brilliantly by Dame Maggie Smith). In this clip, we see Shirley MacLaine and Smith in action. Can the Countess be outwitted? We highly doubt it.


—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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