First look: Downton Abbey season five (complete with anachronistic plastic bottle in one publicity shot)
Published 14/08/2014 | 15:04
Downton Abbey season five was launched today with a press screening of the first episode.
Aside from the plot spoilers, which have abounded on social media since the screening, one of the press shots for the season is drawing plenty of attention.
An anachronistic plastic water bottle can be seen gracing the mantelpiece of Downton beside an oblivious Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael.
Cast photos for the new season were released on the Downton Abbey Facebook page this afternoon but the offending image has been removed.
Forbes report that prior to the screening, ITV's director of drama commissioning, Steve November, said the series would offer some "surprising stories" and, regarding set pieces, they would be "some of the best we've ever seen".
The feature-length opening episode kicks off in the roaring twenties and picks up on several open-ended storylines from season four, including Edith's pining over lover Michael and a sad rift between Anna and Mr Bates.
Early reports suggest the episode is also a dramatic one, with a fire roaring through the grand old building.
Last month, the cast and executive producer Gareth Neame gave reporters a taste of what’s to come this autumn in a PBS Downton Abbey panel held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
They revealed that Laura Carmichael's Lady Edith will not be finding compassion for her situation from those within her close circle.
Michelle Dockery, who plays Edith’s sister Lady Mary, said: “Mary doesn't know Edith has a daughter. So Edith certainly won't get any sympathy from her unknowing sister.
“Mary's mean to Edith especially in this season - me and Laura love it when they're mean to each other, it's more fun to do.”
But things are looking up for Mary, as she recovers from the untimely death of her husband Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens).
"She's embracing her new life, really,” said Dockery.
“She's through the grief now and I kind of see (Season) 5 as the new Mary. She's got a bit of her bite back, which we had in (Season) 1.”
Downton Abbey will return to ITV in the autumn.