'Downton Abbey': Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens in old TV movie
Missing Matthew on last night’s Downton Abbey premiere?
The fourth season of the British drama premiered in the U.S. last night, and while the show was touting a fresh start (read EW’s recap), I’m sure I’m not the only one who was enjoying the new drama as well as really longing for a few of my now-gone fictional faves.
With that said, here’s a little Internet present for you all. It’s not the joyful post-baby Mary/Matthew reunion of your dreams (that’s what fanfiction is for), but fans can get a little fix of the actors together watching this old British television movie of The Turn of the Screw, starring Michelle Dockery as the young governess, and a brunette Dan Stevens as her psychiatrist.
Set in London in 1921 (Sound familiar?), the film was released pre-Downton, but the duo’s chemistry is already fully on display, even if this time around their characters aren’t romantically involved. He tries to help her! There are issues with her father! If you squint really hard you can convince yourself it’s one Very Special Episode of Downton. Okay, not really, but much of the story does take place at a large estate, so take what you can get.
Fair warning: For those who aren’t familiar with the Henry James tale, it’s quite a bit scarier than your average episode of Downton (proper dinner attire has nothing on possessed kids). The whole movie is a pretty entertaining way to avoid going outside in the freezing weather, but if you just want a few quick Dockery/Stevens scenes check out the first 10 minutes, 50:30, and 60:05.
The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate.