'Downton Abbey' Season 3: The Future of Mr. Bates and the Lifestyle Evolution Addressed

February 21, 2012 01:50:20 GMT

Brendan Coyle's John Bates will begin series three in prison, while other characters will be seen enjoying cocktails in London's first night clubs and dancing to ragtime jazz.

'Downton Abbey' Season 3: The Future of Mr. Bates and the Lifestyle Evolution Addressed
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"Downton Abbey" has just wrapped its second season in the U.S., but talks about the upcoming chapter have been brewing. In a recent PBS chat session, Brendan Coyle confirmed what people might have predicted of his character after seeing the second season finale as saying, "He [John Bates] begins series three in prison."

While he refused to reveal more details of Mr. Bates' future, the BAFTA Award nominee was willing to share other tidbits from the upcoming season. "There is a wedding...or two?" he teased before adding, "Shirley MacLaine is amongst us....the scripts are superb...stick with us."

Talking further about the addition of MacLaine to the cast ensemble to play Lady Grantham's mother, Coyle gushed, "This casting is ingenious...she is much loved here, her scenes are brilliant and I can assure you she will be a dazzling addition to Downton Abbey."

The upcoming third season of "Downton Abbey" will be set in the 1920s. This era will affect the the characters, in fashion, entertainment, travel, work as well as society. According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans can expect to see slim low-waisted flapper silhouette as corsets are no longer trending. The ladies will additionally style their hair in bobs and flapper spit curls.

In entertainment, the characters may enjoy cocktails which at that moment make their debut in London's first night clubs. Ragtime jazz will play in dance halls, as the characters will dance the Black Bottom, the Shimmy and the Charleston. Two new inventions, gramophone and the crystal radio, will add pleasure in their lives.

In language, the characters will be using new slang and phrases such as "bee's knees" (the ultimate compliment), "cat's meow" (another top compliment), and "giggle water" (alcohol). In society, women will enter workplace as they are not only limited to domestic duties.

"Downton Abbey" season 3 will begin filming this spring and will premiere in U.K. in September. It, however, will not air on PBS until early 2013.


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posted by housemouse on Jan 24, 2013
posted by dar on Jun 08, 2012
Maggie Smith is awesome. Please dont go Maggie
posted by NMatthews5 on Mar 17, 2012
Love DA cant believe you're gonna make us wait until 2-13.
posted by connie on Feb 28, 2012
Love this show so much. My husband and can't wait for each episode as its the one show we both agree upon. The fact that there is NOTHING worthwhile on television will make the wait that much more agonizing! Hopefully PBS will offer some other great programming to keep us busy in the meantime.
posted by Bucky on Feb 27, 2012
Thank God they found the dog.
posted by CarolynAnn on Feb 27, 2012
I too cannot wait until 2013. Please let us Americans also see Season 3 before 2013. You know how impatient we are. Love the show.
posted by Dolly on Feb 27, 2012
I am so upset I cannot wait till Sept. this is one of the only shows worth watching. UGH
posted by linda on Feb 26, 2012
I adore the show. Hoping season 3 is better still.
posted by Penelope on Feb 26, 2012
Your distributors as greedy as they are short-sighted if they can't get Downton on concurrent with the UK airing. We Americans are ruefully fickle AND we hate waiting. It's a financial gamble to procrastinate.
posted by Ikechukwu on Feb 26, 2012
Downton Abbey is the greatest show on TV, it's refreshing. Thanks PBS!
posted by gds on Feb 26, 2012
I have Downton fever. Couldn't wait for weekend to get here to watch it. Love everything about the show. Can't wait until season 3 gets here. Wish there were more shows like this on tv.
posted by biddy on Feb 26, 2012
Love the show. Please work on Season 3 and 4. Please do it quickly. What has happened to Daisy, Mr. Bates and all of the rest? Everything about the show is wonderful! Plain and simple, Just Wonderful. (My daughters love it to). This show will bring families together. Thank You.
posted by Catherine on Feb 26, 2012
I agree with the lot of you! Downton Abbey is a wonderful show. Wish we didn't have to wait so long for season 3. To the powers that be...please reconsider!
posted by Mistic on Feb 26, 2012
I love Downton Abbey, and can not wait till season 3 and I think Shirley McClain will be an awesome addition to Downton Abbey!!
posted by Ismeralda on Feb 26, 2012
I can hardly wait for Season three. I was so enthralled that I purchased the two seasons worth and watched it all in one day. Imagine that for dedication.
posted by upbeatred1 on Feb 24, 2012
I adore the writing of Julian Fellowes. And the show is marvelous is juggling numerous storylines with nary a dull moment nor confusion. Mr. Bates, please live; Anna needs you!
posted by lebezel on Feb 24, 2012
10-12 months between a series so hot is way too long. Something could take over which would top DA and it could just get lost. Foolish mistake, bad judgement.
posted by snorky on Feb 24, 2012
Bad judgement call to have the span from series 2 to series 3 so expansive.. The show is now hot and regardless the top will tumble if it's not kept fresh. I hope I'm wrong. Time will tell.
posted by snorky on Feb 24, 2012
Oh, that stretch between a show which now is sooo hot isn't a well thought out decision. By early 2012 it's gonna fade. Bad judgement call. Well, time will tell.
posted by Avi on Feb 23, 2012
Excellent show, cannot wait till season 3. Love the characters especially Mary and Mathew!
posted by jukiejukjuk on Feb 23, 2012
If I have to fly to London in September for the premier ,I will!!..I won't be able to wait until 2013!!
posted by raisele on Feb 22, 2012
Love the authenticity; love the characters; love the writing. I do not remember ever being so excited about a TV show .. but after all this is the BBC : ) However, I have to hold on until 2013!!
posted by Betsy on Feb 21, 2012
I am very glad Jane was written out. It is nice to see characters that have morals and follow them.
posted by jmjj on Feb 21, 2012
Love the clothes! Can't wait until next season starts.
posted by Mary on Feb 21, 2012
Love Downton Abbey! Can't wait for season 3,4,5 etc, please. Love the music and fabulous clothes. Excellant TV.
posted by Episode 6 on Feb 21, 2012
I was very sad to see Jane the new maid, written out of Downton Abbey. I loved the electricity between Lord Grantham and Jame. I wished it could have continued. Winnie
posted by JOANN on Feb 21, 2012
Love, love, love this show. Can't wait until season 3. Besides the script I love the music.
posted by audrey on Feb 21, 2012
Looked forward to Sunday evening all week in order to watch Downton Abbey. Can't wait for season 3! Excellent tv viewing!
posted by PaulaKate on Feb 21, 2012
Downton Abbey is the best show on Television.
posted by Labee on Feb 21, 2012
I love Downton Abbey and can't wait to see season 3.

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