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Downton Abbey producer teases new Lady Mary romance

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Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey producer Gareth Neame has hinted at the possibility of a new romance for Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary following the death of her husband, Matthew, in the 2012 Christmas special.

In an interview with US publication Entertainment Weekly, Neame said that the character could form a new, “more mature” relationship with another man in future episodes.

Series four, which is due to air in the UK this autumn, will very much focus on how Lady Mary rebuilds her life in the wake of the tragedy.

“Next year, very much the spine of it is Mary rebuilding her life,” Neame commented. “Inevitably that means she’s got to, at some point, [find a] new man. She’s an eligible young widow. So we shall see.”

“We all know that people can have relationships at different stages of their lives,” he added in response to possible complaints that the character was moving on too fast.

Alluding to the rest of the show and its myriad characters, Neame said: “You’re going to have have the usual mixture of big dose of romance in there, you’re going to have laugh-out-loud comedy, and you’re going to have highs and lows of strong drama.

“I can tell you that, so far, the early scripts for the new season are as brilliant as they’ve always been.”

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