By Tanny Hossain

10th December 2018

The upstairs/downstairs gang of Downton Abbey are back!

Swap your TV remotes for cinema tickets this time because they’re taking a trip to the big screen! We only got the news a couple of months ago and as of today, shooting has officially wrapped up.

You’ll be happy to know the original cast are all here – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley; Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley; Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates; and even scene-stealer Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess.

No official details of the plot have been released yet, but Maggie Smith did joke about how she’d like to see the Dowager “croak it” in the opening scene:

“I was firmly convinced it would start with the funeral. I could croak it and it would just start with the body.”

In 2017, she also said that starring in a film adaptation would be “squeezing it dry”, but clearly something changed her mind. We’re glad she’s onboard!

The film is set to release in September next year, giving us plenty of time to reminisce about the show and dig behind the scenes…

1. It’s a real castle you can visit

The show is set in Highclere Castle in Hampshire, just five miles south from Berkshire. The impressive country house was designed by one of the architects of the Houses of Parliament, Sir Charles Barry back in 1839 – name another location more perfect for the show, I’ll wait!

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