It’s been talked about for years and now, lastly, Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV interval drama is transferring to the massive display.
All your favorite characters have returned – prepare for these well-known Dame Maggie one-liners – together with a couple of high-profile new faces, together with Imelda Staunton and Killing Eve’s David Haig.
The movie centres round a go to from the King and Queen, which has acquired each the Downton family and the village all aflutter.
Here’s every thing you need to know about the movie – together with some gems from the stars’ behind the scenes.
(NB: We’ve tried to keep away from massive spoilers the place potential however keep in mind there could also be some plot particulars under.)
1) Everyone’s feeling only a teensy bit nervous about the launch
Michelle Dockery, who performs Lady Mary, says her first considered being on the massive display was: “Our faces are going to be a lot greater!
“It’s an extension of the present, simply turned up a notch. It was vital that it did not really feel that totally different.”
Downton creator, Julian Fellowes, agrees: “We wished folks to recognise the collection they cherished in the movie. Our job was to make it extra cinematic.”
Kevin Doyle, who performs the upwardly cell Joseph Moseley, says: “It was scary, all of us gathered downstairs in the wine cellar for our first scene – it is uncommon to come again collectively as a gaggle of actors after a three-year hole.”
Lesley Nicol, who performs everybody’s favorite cook dinner Mrs Patmore, provides: “The movie is way anticipated, so it is quite a lot of strain.”
2) Breakfast is the most vital meal of the day
Former household butler and now property supervisor, Tom Branson, is performed by Allen Leech.
“My first day on set was with Michelle and Hugh (Bonneville – Lord Grantham) throughout a breakfast scene, I used to be delighted as they make a tremendous breakfast on set. One factor myself and Hugh all the time endure from is that we really eat the breakfast and so they all the time do 28 takes. Hugh and I are all the time like: “Are you going to finish that sausage?”
3) There’s a real-life husband and spouse crew
Watch out Mrs Hughes, Carson has been joined by a brand new main girl.
Imelda Staunton joins the forged as Lady Bagshaw.
She’s been married to Jim Carter, who performs Downton’s retired butler, for 36 years.
Imelda jokes: “Carson has been coming home every night for many years! I felt at ease but I didn’t want to let the side down. I’d have got it in the neck from Carson at night if I hadn’t pulled my weight.”
Imelda performs the cousin of Lady Violet (Dame Maggie Smith): “I assumed I’d be downstairs. I used to be fairly shocked to be upstairs. Jim and I went to work collectively three days and have been fairly over-excited! Of course, I might have favored to have been downstairs giving Carson a tough time!
“But I used to be very completely happy in the firm of Geraldine James (Queen Mary) and Maggie. It was like being with Federer and Nadal upstairs, so it was very good certainly.”
4) Whisper it – Mrs Patmore and Daisy aren’t culinary queens in actual life
“I’m going to cooking courses – vegan ones,” Lesley confesses.
“That’s not very Patmore,” Sophie declares.
She provides: “We’re actually good at pretending to cook dinner. But we’re horrible!”
Speaking of Sophie’s character Daisy, who has been Mrs Patmore’s underling since collection one, Lesley explains: “Madam’s acquired a bit extra gobby! I used to be the dominant character however things have modified spherical. She’s extra forthright. The dynamic has modified.”
Sophie provides: “They appear extra like equals. It’s come such a great distance. Daisy appears out for Mrs Patmore now. Mrs Patmore is like the mum that offers you a guilt journey, that is why Daisy’s nonetheless there!”
5) Former PM Theresa May impressed considered one of the essential scenes
Moseley returns to Downton to serve dinner to the King and Queen. And let’s simply say, it is a pivotal second.
Kevin explains: “I knew it was an vital scene – the entire downstairs story was increase to that second so I used to be nervous. I used to be glad when it was over and I had a giant drink at the finish of the day.
“I modelled the bow-curtsey on Theresa May, I noticed it and thought, ‘I’m going to have that.'”
6) Speaking of politics…
“The Downton film is so everyone can take two hours off Brexit!” Julian says.
“We’re living in dark times, escapism is quite important,” concurs Penelope Wilton, who performs Isobel Grey.
7) Dame Maggie Smith shouldn’t be above wielding a child’s Star Wars toy
Rob James-Collier, who performs butler Thomas Barrow, says: “You haven’t got to name her Dame, she tells us to simply name her Maggie. She got here by means of the rep system so she’s completed it the onerous method. She’s very approachable. She did a charity factor for me known as Downton Wars Episode 2: The Butler Strikes Back shot on an iPhone utilizing my son’s mild sabre!”
We will not give something away however Michelle has a really shifting scene in the direction of the finish of the movie with Dame Maggie, her granny in the movie.
Michelle says: “Any scene with Maggie is a privilege and feels special but that particular one felt very special and emotional. I was very immersed in it and it’s a joy to work with her. It was a moment in my career and in my life. I’ll never forget it.”
Even extra importantly, “Maggie’s very good at playing Bananagrams”, in accordance to Sophie.
8) It’s simply fiction, people!
Elizabeth McGovern, who performs the Countess of Grantham, says: “There is not any such factor as a wonderful previous. This is leisure, it is not a documentary. I might by no means need to return there.
“Women have come up to now. They got here from such a spot of incarceration in contrast with what we’ve got now. Playing Cora – she has no rights over her personal future. I’m all the time so happy at the finish of the day to be going again to my life now the place we are actually. There’s not one a part of me that has a sentimental attachment to that period as a lady.”
But there are nonetheless some undesirable similarities between previous and current.
Phyllis Logan, who stars as housekeeper Elsie Hughes, says: “Back then and persevering with at the moment, ladies can nonetheless be topic to undesirable consideration. It’s an influence factor and there is nonetheless a little bit of that round now however hopefully it is turning into much less so.”
Elizabeth provides: “Women of my era, we’re amazed by the realisation of what we have been anticipated to settle for in the office.”
Julian Fellowes says: “It was very male-dominated (in the 1920s) however there have been simply as many clever ladies and so they had to discover formidable methods (to get on). That creates a pressure. Mary is attempting for a steadiness between being a part of her society and doing what she likes. That pressure would not exist at the moment.
Jim provides: “We show the 1920s in a romantic light but life would have been hard for the servants. Lord Grantham was the most benign employer. There was no safety net.”
9) Peace finally for the warring Crawley sisters
Mary and Edith (Laura Carmichael) have been at loggerheads for years, with considered one of their worst fall-outs occurring in collection six when Mary advised Edith’s then fiancé Bertie about her sister’s illegitimate daughter Marigold, out of spite.
But they’ve each mellowed in the movie.
Michelle explains: “Edith and Mary are fairly settled now. Edith has moved on and so they’ve advanced.
Laura provides: “Edith’s standing has modified between the finish of the collection and the movie. (She’s now The Marchioness of Hexham.) She outranks everybody.
“Edith and Mary have found an ease with each other.”
We hate to admit it however we will not assist feeling a bit of dissatisfied.
10) Hugh Bonneville appears AMAZING in stockings
Michelle’s favorite frock from the movie is a “Fortuny blue dress” whereas Laura’s “was the day dress when the King and Queen came for afternoon tea – red, silk knit, very 20s. Gorgeous.”
But not as beautiful, it appears, as Hugh Bonneville in stockings.
Allen is a giant fan: “Hugh’s got the most fantastic calves in his stockings! I don’t know if he does lifts but they’re a sight to behold!”
Hugh is completely happy to obtain the praise: “My calves will be a feature of fan memorabilia for years to come.”
11) It’s all about the followers
Downton followers are extraordinarily devoted.
“At Highclere, they were having a dressing up day. One lady cried on me, she was so overwhelmed,” says Lesley.
Jim’s display title even reverberates throughout the parks and pavements of the UK: “Several people have named dogs after Carson and there’s even been one baby!”
12) That OTHER drama that includes the royal household
Did the film-makers choose up any suggestions from Netflix hit The Crown for Downton’s Royal go to?
Producer Gareth Neame jokes: “They took their lessons from us!”
But director Michael Engler says: “We love The Crown, we learned from it, the level of production, the detail – the level has to be as high as it can possibly be.”
13) Thomas and Branson’s fantasy journey
What would the stars want for his or her characters?
Laura says she “would like to see Edith writing more and have a new career”.
Michelle would really like Mary “to continue to be happy but I feel like she needs to get out a bit more or travel”.
But Allen has one thing extra thrilling in thoughts, impressed by a traumatic expertise Thomas has in the movie when he goes for an evening out on the tiles.
“Thomas tells Branson about his ordeal, they realise there’s a market there and they open the first Irish gay bar. Mary is the DJ.”
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14) Could there be a sequel to the movie?
Julian hasn’t dominated it out.
“I do not know if there will likely be extra. If we made the characters aged 60, it would not be very credible. I would not take them 20 years ahead.
“Is there one other chew to come out of it? It relies upon completely on how folks reply to the movie.”
He had his doubts about making a film model in the first place.
“I did not imagine in the movie as a result of there are many great collection that do not have a movie reminiscent of Mad Men and The Good Wife. I assumed it will show unimaginable to get everybody collectively.”
But Gareth Neame factors out: “Fans felt we have been leaving the stage too early after collection six. It felt like a contract with the followers [to do the film].”
Downton Abbey is in UK cinemas on 13 September