Fantastic news, and so glad that the dowager countess will at least make an appearance!
Yes I was worried that her illness that she disclosed to Mary would carry her off.
I've watched the entirety of the Downton Abbey series and movie several times. I pick up new nuances of the story lines every time. I'm going to do the mini series Belgravia next. It's written by Jullian Fellows as well.
So true - I find I pick up something new every time I watch it?
Who is everyone's favourite character? For me it's got to be Sybil and then Branson!
For me itís the Dowager Countess and the Countess of Grantham. The Dowager for her way with a one liner and the Countess for her cool head and serene beauty that belies an ability to help her daughter move a corpse.