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British period drama "Downton Abbey" returns on PBS this Sunday at 9 pm with the premiere episode of season 5, and the focus will be on the struggles of the Crawley family in the 20th century.

Although everyone in the British aristocratic family gradually adapts to the lifestyle of the 20th century, Lord Grantham's valet, Henry Lang, struggles with the change in time.

While depicting the Beer Hall Putsch and the UK general elections of 1923, the show is also expected to focus on the lives of John Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) in detail.

Spoilers have indicated that the tables will turn against the couple in season 5. According to Boston Herald, the storyline of "Downton Abbey" will elaborate the involvement of John in the death of Anna's rapist.

Meanwhile, Laura Carmichael said that Lady Edith Crawley goes through an emotional trauma in the new story of "Downton Abbey".

"In Season 5 we see more of her in London [sic] writing for the newspaper. She cannot live with the fact that her child has been separated from her,"  Carmichael told

On the other hand, Anthony Foyle, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) will find romance in Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis) and will struggle with his revolutionary roots.

Other cast members of season 5 include Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham and Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley among others.

To know more about "Downton Abbey" season 5, watch the premiere on PBS this Sunday, 4 January, at 9 pm. The show will be live-streamed HERE.

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