SHOTLIST:

Carnival Films/Masterpiece - must courtesy

1. UPSOUND from promo clip for season four of Downton Abbey

2. Promo clip continues

3. STILL PHOTO of cast

4. Clip from Downton Abbey season 4

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Beverly Hills, California - December 17, 2013

5. SOUNDBITE (english) Lesley Nicol, actress, plays 'Mrs. Patmore' on Downton Abbey (transcript below)

Carnival Films/Masterpiece

6. Upsound/Clip from Downton Abbey season 4

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Beverly Hills, California - December 17, 2013

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lesley Nicol, actress, plays 'Mrs. Patmore' on Downton Abbey (transcript below)

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6. STILL PHOTO of cast

7. Upsound/Clip from Downton Abbey season 4

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

SOUNDUP from Downton Abbey promo: 'you must choose either death - or life...'

LADY MARY CRAWLEY IS BUCKLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF WIDOWHOOD AS VIEWERS RETURN TO THE MANOR FOR SEASON FOUR OF 'DOWNTON ABBEY'.

BUT THERE'S PLENTY OF CRISIS TO GO AROUND - PERSONALLY, PROFESSIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY - FOR THE NOBILITY UPSTAIRS, AND THE SERVANTS BELOW.

Upsound from clip: "what with these toasters and mixers and such like, we'll be out of a job!"

THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYS THE COOK, MRS. PATMORE says HER CHARACTER ISN'T EXACTLY THRILLED WITH THE ARRIVAL OF AN ELECTRIC MIXER, AND OTHER 'MODERN' ADVANCES IN 19-22 ENGLAND.

BUT DON'T EXPECT HER TO dish out MAJOR PLOT DEVELOPMENTS:

SOUNDBITE (English) Lesley Nicol, Actress: "well I'm not going to tell you anything about it because that wouldn't be what people want... But, um..."

(Upsound from clip)

WELL, PERHAPS JUST A NIBBLE...

SOUNDBITE (English) Lesley Nicol, Actress: "the upstairs characters are more out there in the world so you see them being affected by the times having been changed. So the young girls, Lady Mary and Lady Edith are suddenly doing things there's no way they would have done a few years ago."

DOWNTON WILL 'CARRY ON' AT LEAST ANOTHER SEASON. THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SAYS THERE WILL BE MORE THAN FIVE AND LESS THAN 10. BUT EVEN HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND THEN.

SOUNDUP - 'I don't think so, your ladyship, no'

Hannah Buchdahl, Associated Press