As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, "downton abbey" remains a saga about elegance, tradition and gentility -- and the pressures of preserving them. on the premiere, airing at 8 p.m. sunday on pbs, lady mary crawley has buckled under the weight of widowhood six months after her husband, matthew, perished in a car crash. inconsolable at the start of the episode, mary (played by michelle dockery) dismisses their infant son as "a poor little orphan." her father, lord robert crawley (hugh bonneville), wrestles with business pressures: the death of matthew and the absence of a will have thrown the downton manor, already financially fragile, into further crisis. and so continues the saga.
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Returns at 8 p.m. Sunday on PBS, pbs.org/downton