Dress For The Occasion

British television royalty makes its long-awaited debut on the big screen, focusing on the continued exploits of the Crawley family.

Article Published on 26.08.2019

Few historical period dramas gripped the world as much as ITV’s Downtown Abbey did during its original 2010-2015 run. That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that now, almost five years later, the eponymous English country estate and its inhabitants are the subject of a feature-length movie which serves as a direct continuation. What has the Crawley family been up to since we last saw them?

Picking up in autumn of 1927, the movie sees a prestigious visit to Downton Abbey made by King George V and Queen Mary. Everything needs to be prim and proper before they arrive, as you can imagine, but the estate is finding it harder to function with half its operating budget being cut. As such, everyone’s favourite characters are forced to pull together to ensure the royal family’s visit goes off without a hitch.

Julian Fellowes, the award-winning creator of the original show, is back to script Downton Abbey’s first silver screen outing. Hugh Bonneville’s Robert Crawley, Michelle Dockery’s Lady Talbot, and Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham also return, adding extra legitimacy to a celebrated TV show making the cinematic leap.

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