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Downton Abbey Series Finale News: Expect ‘Love’ and ‘Heartbreak’ & Lily James Returns For Last Episode!

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While Downton Abbey is winding down in the U.K. the airing of its sixth and final season, which will conclude with their Christmas episode, the U.S is preparing to watch how the series wraps up when it begins here on PBS Masterpiece beginning on January 3rd, with stateside viewers seeing the finale on March 6th.

With less than six weeks to go before the U.K. says goodbye to ‘Downton’, an official press release from ITV and one from Masterpiece offered up this official logline for the series ending which previews simply:  “All the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and, as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve together at the great house.”

In addition, look for Lily James, who had made quite the name for herself in motion pictures over the last year and a half, to return for the final episode as Rose, along with Matt Barber as Atticus Aldridge.

The final episode will feature returning stars: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Samantha Bond, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Matthew Goode, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sue Johnston, Jeremy Swift, Douglas Reith, David Robb, Fifi Hart, Zac and Oliver Barker and Eva and Karina Samms.

So are you getting ready to watch ‘Downton’ ‘in the states? Do you think lives will remain the same or forever change by the end of the final season?  Share your comments below!

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Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Alas, Siobhan Finneran (who played O’Brien, the manipulative lady’s maid to Cora for the first 3 seasons) is not listed. This show really lost something when O’Brien was written off, taking a job as a lady’s maid in India. I was hoping that we would get another scene or two with her.

O’Brien was the perfect “bad but not completely evil” character on the show and Finneran was excellent in the part. Things were just not as interesting when O’Brien wasn’t there to stir the pot. Thomas Barrow was also a good “bad” character but he couldn’t carry it as well without friend/enemy O’Brien mixing it up as well.

Mark Y
Mark Y

So you’re saying that Downton Abbey was one character for you? A minor character?

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I’m NOT saying that at all. I enjoyed the show very much. However, I thought the show really lost some of its appeal when O’Brien left.

There are a LOT of good characters on the show. There were very few characters who were as good at being BAD as O’Brien. She kept everyone on guard.

Carolina
Carolina

I always wanted to watch this but not if they only delivered 12-15 episodes per season.

“Game of Thrones” only gives us ten and six years in, I still can’t forgive them.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I cannot believe it’s ending! Such a beautiful show, from production to wardrobe, acting & scripts. I will truly miss this masterpiece!!

Rapids
Rapids

I’m hoping Edythe finds happiness and can tell the world about her little girl. I also hope Tom returns for good to run the estate.
This show has been such a treasure but they are smart to go out on top, just like the HBO and Showtime shows generally do. Maybe they can do some specials in years to come to catch up on everyone.

brian
brian

Having already seen the entire last series… i am quite certain i did not see Rose in the finale episode.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Isn’t there a episode that airs on Christmad Day in the UK? That will be the final episode.

btian
btian

I stand corrected. You are right. I haven’t seen that episode. Lets hope Rose will be in it.

Shay
Shay

@brian….Rose is featured in the final episode to be presented on Christmas Day in the UK….it’s already been revealed in the British press.

JANET
JANET

I am looking forward to this show. I wish it wasn’t the last one I love the show and all the characters. Must be because one person is responsabale for it. Too many cooks spoil the broth. I thought I read the women who played O”Brien wanted out. she didn’t want to play it anymore.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

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.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

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.”

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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”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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