In this issue of The Lady : It is as much a harbinger of early autumn as
plump blackberries, the departing swallows or
the gradual ebbing of the day. Yes, it’s time to
clear your diaries – Downton Abbey is back.
The fi fth series, which begins on 21 September,
promises a smorgasbord of surprises, as Richard
Barber discovered when he met the cast.
It’s now 1924 in the world’s favourite parallel universe
and there will be blossoming relationships, dark secrets and
colourful new characters, not least Richard E
Grant as a fl irtatious art historian with more
than the stately pile’s Piero della Francescas
in his sights. After our appearance in series
four, certainly keep an eye out for The Lady.
We also have Diana, Princess of Wales’s
brother, Charles Spencer, on being an earl,
the modern aristocracy and the men who
dared to execute King Charles I – and paid a gruesome price for
their eff orts; Sir Roger Moore on marriage, dark chocolate and his
disappearing hair, and the British couple whose life was turned
topsy-turvy by fi ve stray puppies.
There is an insight into how numbers can make you lucky; Thomas
Blaikie on how sporting fi xtures transform loving parents
into foul-mouthed gargoyles, and Nathan Outlaw on why we
should all ensure that seafood is the star of our culinary show.
And if your summer holidays already feel like a distant memory,
don’t miss our autumn breaks special on page 47.
Just don’t forget to record Downton.
Very best wishes,
Matt Warren, Editor
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