Brace yourselves, Downton fans. ITV dropped the first trailer for the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey Saturday and announced that the season will premiere in the U.K. Sept. 20.
Together again: Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley finally reunited when Downton Abbey was honored with a Special Award by BAFTA on Tuesday.
The event celebrated the beloved series’ worldwide success with cast and crew including the above-pictured Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in attendance as well as Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, and many others.
The cast and crew of Downton Abbey have been capturing their emotional last days on set as they prepare to say farewell to the series. Michelle Dockery a.k.a. Lady Mary Crawley shared her own goodbye via Instagram on Monday, with a little help from Oliver and Zac Barker, who together play the role of Dockery’s onscreen son, George.
Season 5 of Downton Abbey was, in many ways, about female independence.
Mary (Michelle Dockery) made the romantic decisions that were right for her, even though they were controversial for the time; Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) pursued her interest in art history, and stood up to her husband, Robert (Hugh Bonneville), when he didn’t trust her with the flirtatious Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant); and Rose (Lily James), who is Anglican, married a Jewish man, Atticus (Matt Barber), despite the oppositions of her mother—and much of society.
[Beware: Season 5 spoilers lie ahead.]
Season 5 of Downton Abbey brought the upstairs-downstairs drama, which made it all the more difficult to choose one episode to submit for Emmy consideration in the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series category.
Why is Downton Abbey ending its run of romance, finery, and sharp words from one Dowager Countess? Executive producer Gareth Neame said the team wanted to leave fans “wanting more.”
Downton Abbey fans knew that this day would come eventually, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Carnival Films and PBS have announced that Julian Fellowes’ beloved upstairs-downstairs drama will end after its upcoming sixth season.
Fictional lords and ladies are nothing out of the ordinary for Downton Abbey, but today the show’s set at Ealing Studios got a visit from a real-life duchess. Kate Middleton visited the set, making stops to see how props, costumes, and filming comes together.
Following an interview with The Sunday Times that suggested that Dame Maggie Smith would be leaving Downton Abbey after its sixth, currently in-production season, the show’s publicists have stepped in to say that the Dowager Countess of Grantham was just having a good laugh.
The amount of story, incredible character moments, and witty one-liners that Downton Abbey can squeeze into a single hour of television is a weekly feat to behold. So what does 90 blissful minutes of Downton get you? How about a 50 percent more story, incredible character moments, and witty one-liners, with a bonus soup-centric subplot thrown in for good luck?
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