Downton Abbey's executive producer Gareth Neame has said fans are set for a storyline in the fifth season that will show "Downton at its best".
In an interview with TVLine.com, Neame said: "In the new season, we have the high-stakes drama, the laugh-out-loud comedy and the romance."
He continued: "We have all of the characters doing the things people love to see them doing, but we have a few really nice twists and turns as well."
As for the "Downton at its best" storyline, Neame revealed that it would involve fan favourite the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith).
"She has a brilliant storyline this season," he said. "It's fantastic."