There's no such thing as happy endings
It is not all rosy for Anna and Mr Bates. After he was tried, and found not guilty, for the murder of his ex-wife (mostly thanks to Anna who did her best Miss Marple impression), in the last series, you might’ve thought Fellowes would provide some harmonious down-time for these two lovebirds in their new cottage on the estate. But no!
There is no sign of the longed-for baby Bates but nevertheless things start off well. Brendan Coyle, who plays Mr Bates, says: “Something happens that shakes their world and has serious consequences.” While Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna, is equally cryptic, promising Fellowes has prepared a few“shocks and surprises” for them.