'Downton Abbey' Season 3 will 'focus on the world around the house,' says Hugh Bonneville

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"Downton Abbey" has begun filming its third season, complete with two new maids, a new footman and of course Shirley MacLaine as Lady Cora's mother. In the above video, the actors reveal just a bit of what they are hoping for with the Roaring Twenties.

"A bit of jazz," says Dan Stevens. "Is it too early for that?"

"I'd like to go dancing at some point, that'd be nice," laughs Joanne Froggatt.

And Hugh Bonneville, the lord of the manor, says it will be rebuilding period for Downton.

"We know it's an era obviously still in mourning. We're still recovering from the Spanish Flu ... so as the season finale comes along, we've come out the other side of that into January of 1920," says Bonneville. "Of course, it's a whole new decade ahead. What's going to happen? They don't know there's a general strike and a world crash coming 'round the corner, economic crash. They didn't know that was over the horizon. So the events of 1920 and '21, which is what will happen in the third season, will be much more of a focus on the world around the house and the rebuilding of the house emotionally and socially since the effects of the first World War."

"Downton Abbey" returns to U.S. TV screens in January 2013.

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