The roaring Twenties have hit Downton Abbey with a vengeance as the fifth series opens with parties and luncheons galore.
Gone are Mary’s drab widow’s weeds and instead she is actively enjoying her search for husband number two.
The feature-length opener continues with many of the stories set up during series four, with poor Edith still pining after lover Michael Gregson and Thomas Barrow still torturing Miss Baxter over her secret past.
And there’s still a hint of sadness lingering over Anna, who appears to be keeping Mr Bates at arm’s length (at least in the bedroom) following her horrific ordeal at the hands of Mr Green last year.
There are also shocks in store as a fire rips through Downton (gasp!).
But elsewhere there are laughs galore as Molesley dyes his hair, little Sybbie insists on calling Lord Grantham by a nickname rather than the
“Grandpapa,” he craves and Mary informs her parents that she’s “going upstairs to take off my hat”. Yes, really.
There are many potential love-matches on the cards, as Branson’s friendship with mouthy teacher Miss Bunting continues and Isabel Crawley continues to attract would-be suitors.
But poor Jimmy the footman has bitten off more than he can chew after encouraging the inappropriate advances of the Lady he used to work for, played by Duckface.
It’s all too much for poor old Branson, who continues to lament that the times are a-changing.
“I feel a shaking of the ground,” he moans.
Probably all the slap and tickle going on upstairs…