one of last season's big winners at the
, starts up again Sunday night on
. In a television season not blessed with much to rave about so far, let the hoopla be heard. This year's "Downton Abbey" is at least as good as last year's. Maybe better.
Instead of the small matters of the sinking of the Titanic and an estate to be handed over to strangers, this season's fly in the ointment is World War I. You remember: the Somme, the unparalleled slaughter of a generation of young men, and the creation of the trench coat. Maybe not in that order.
It all happens, along with blackmail, elopements, broken engagements, and the estate being turned into a convalescent home for wounded officers.
There is in all of this also one magnificent scene that will not leave a dry eye among the millions surely to be watching Sunday night. I'll say no more than that it involves a piano, one of the daughters of the house, and soldiers returning home.