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Downton Abbey Posts Invite To Series Finale! Michelle Dockery On Filming Last Episode: "I Felt Sick … I Didn't Expect To Feel So Sad."



The UK is preparing themselves for a hankie-filled moment in time with the upcoming series finale on Christmas of the Emmy Award-winning smash hit soap, Downton Abbey.

On Friday, the official series Twitter feed posted an invitation to tune-in that said: “You are cordially invited to by The Earl and Countess of Grantham to join us on Christmas Day for The Final Episode in the Final Series of Downton Abbey. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Let’s raise a glass to our last episode, the 25th December. 2015 as we open the doors to the Abbey for the last time.”

Meanwhile, series star Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) revealed in a new interview with UK’s Red Magazine, just how she felt when she wrapped her final scenes on the show. Dockery expressed: “On my last day of filming, leading up to that final take, I felt sick.  I didn’t expect to feel so sad. But I think it was a smart move to end the show where we did. At the wrap party, the producer did a speech and said, ‘Now let’s party like it’s 1925!’ My feet have only just recovered from all the dancing.”

Viewers in the U.S. will have to prepare themselves starting on January 3rd to see how it all ends for the Crawley and company, when the series sixth final series begins its final run on PBS Masterpiece.

So, what do you think about the finale annoucement in the UK? Michelle Dockery’s comments? Are you excited to see Downton begin in the U.S. in six weeks?  Comment below!

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  1. Llanviewer717

    November 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    The UK will run out of tissues. I’m stocking up for January 3rd. Downton Abbey is an absolute wonder.

  2. Shay

    November 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    It’s always a great treat to anticipate a new season of “Downton Abbey!” I’m currently enjoying the reruns of the last installment, which only adds to the excitement of the forthcoming shows, although that joy is somewhat tempered by the sobering notion that this shall be the beginning of the end of the Crawley family chronicles….so bittersweet! Having read much of the UK coverage, I’m pretty much already aware of what lies ahead for my beloved (and NOT so beloved) characters, but I’m still awaiting the viewing with bated breath, all the same. It would seem that the program is going to go out on a high note, but I shall terribly miss it when it reaches its conclusion, especially my personal favorites, the steely Lady Mary and redoubtable Dowager Countess Violet….they simply don’t make priceless women like that anymore, do they?

    • Mark Y

      November 28, 2015 at 3:36 am

      On Downton they do – Anna Bates!

      • Shay

        November 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

        Well, yes, Mark Y, Anna is a true heroine and sweetheart…I quite like her, too! Whilst most are attached to her for her complex and sometimes tortured romance with Mr. Bates, it’s her friendship with Lady Mary that totally makes her character for me. They are quite a unique team….an early 20th century example of “Girl Power!”!

  3. JANET

    November 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    can’t wait. I love this show, knowing it will end is sad. But better they end it on a high note, and not drag it out till no one cares.

  4. carol

    November 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I am looking forward to the new season, however, I feel terrible that it’s ending. It’s been my favorite show of all time.

  5. Karen Kelly McEachern

    November 29, 2015 at 5:51 am

    will be sad, but “all good things come to an end ” .

  6. Marilyn

    November 30, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I am “sick” also, just like Lady Mary! I will miss watching the show each season! I dare say one more year would have been fine!

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Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

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Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

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