New loves, new secrets, new Downton Abbey! Season 5 of the international hit series from writer and creator Julian Fellowes returns to Masterpiece on PBS tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
In the season opener, when a working-class prime minister is elected, attitudes change within the Crawley family and the staff.
Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season featuring 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).
Following the 75 minute season premiere, Masterpiece will air The Manners of Downton , in which the show’s historical advisor reveals secrets of the real aristocratic set.
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