Sneak peek of upcoming ‘Downton Abbey’ film has us pining for March

It’s been gray and wet in Seattle for approximately 1,000 days, so I thought you’d like to see a photo of the “Downton Abbey” gang in their tennis whites. This is a peek at “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the new movie coming in March, and it’s just nice to see people who don’t look waterlogged, isn’t it? Warning: I initially got freaked out because I thought that was Lady Mary and Tom holding hands (or sort of holding hands; it’s kind of hard to tell what’s happening behind that tennis racket).

Do note, however, that’s not Mary behind those sunglasses; it’s Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton), who we met in the previous “Downton Abbey” movie and who is a perfectly fine love interest for Tom (Allen Leech). But wouldn’t it have been fun to see Mary and Tom having a bit of a fling?

Also in the picture are Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Bertie (Harry Hadden-Paton), who are presumably still together, so I guess the father of Edith’s child, supposedly dead in Germany, hasn’t turned up. YET. (Yes, I am still hanging on to this plot point. And yes, I have thought way too much about the “Downton Abbey” universe.) Anyway, the costumes are by Anna Robbins, who designed the previous movie and the last two seasons of the television series, and they look a treat. Is it March yet?

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From left to right: Harry Hadden-Paton stars as Bertie Pelham, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith and Allen Leech as Tom Branson in “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” a Focus Features release slated for March 2022.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_TS-FASH-DOWNTON-ABBEY-MCT.jpgFrom left to right: Harry Hadden-Paton stars as Bertie Pelham, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith and Allen Leech as Tom Branson in “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” a Focus Features release slated for March 2022. Ben Blackall/Focus Features/TNS

By Moira Macdonald

The Seattle Times