DOWN­TON MOVIE POS­SI­BLE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV - Down­town Abbey: Sea­son 6, com­ing soon, Chan­nel 7

WITH Down­ton Abbey com­ing to an end, its ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer has of­fered hope a fol­low-up movie is at least a pos­si­bil­ity.

By end­ing the TV drama sev­eral years shy of the 1929 stock mar­ket crash, pro­ducer Gareth Neame says rich ter­ri­tory is left to be mined if a film is made. There is no script or a firm plan but such a pro­ject could be made as a big-screen the­atri­cal re­lease.

He reaf­firms it is spec­u­la­tive at this point.

“I think a Down­ton Abbey movie could be a won­der­ful thing,” he says.

But it’s time for the se­ries it­self to end while it’s still pop­u­lar and ac­claimed, Neame says. A sixth and fi­nal sea­son launches in the UK next month and on PBS in the US in Jan­uary.

Chan­nel 7, which airs the se­ries in Aus­tralia, is yet to con­firm when the fi­nal se­ries will air here. Neame says the last sea­son will bring back some faces from the past but the fo­cus of the fi­nal sea­son is to wrap up sto­ry­lines for the main cast. The high-toned soap opera about the up­stairs and down­stairs oc­cu­pants of a stately English man­sion deal­ing with early 20th-cen­tury so­cial change will end pro­duc­tion on Au­gust 15. Stu­dio scenes re­main to be shot but pro­duc­tion at High­clere, the es­tate that stood in for Down­ton Abbey, wrapped re­cently.

“That was a sort of in­ter­est­ing day,” Hugh Bon­neville, who plays Lord Gran­tham, says of the fi­nal tap­ing at High­clere.

The cast and crew marked the oc­ca­sion by tak­ing a team photo in the din­ing room, where the long­est scenes were filmed.

Say­ing good­bye to their fic­tional Crawley fam­ily home was dif­fi­cult.

“Laura (Carmichael) and I wan­dered around for the last time,” says Michelle Dock­ery, who plays Mary Crawley.

“Sud­denly we didn’t want to go home. It was re­ally funny.”

Down­ton Abbey star Michelle Dock­ery.

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