It’s just days now until the Downton Abbey film hits theatres across the country, with eager fans waiting to watch the drama that unfolds. But while we can’t wait to see how Lady Mary, Carson, Anna and the rest navigate a visit from royalty this time around, there’s another question on everyone’s lips: will we ever be getting a sequel?
Well, the series’ creator, Julian Fellowes, has an answer, and it’s a very exciting one. When quizzed about the possibility during an appearance on Good Morning Britain, he said that he would ‘never say never’, giving Downton fans hope that another feature-length adventure could well be on the cards.
‘I never say never anymore. I’m too old for that. Because the moment you say never you immediately swallow it a month later,’ he explained, sat next to star of the show Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Cora Crawley.
‘And the fact is I don’t know. I think it rather depends as to how the picture is received and we will all have a think about whether we want to go there again.’
He added that returning to Highclere Castle, where the programme is set, was a ‘surreal’ experience: ‘Its extraordinary to be back in the valley of the thing again. It’s quite surreal actually when we were all back at Highclere and the cast was back in costume, it was like these four years had never been.’
Either way, we know one Downton viewer who would likely love to see another film come out of the franchise: Queen Elizabeth II. Yes, while the cast will meet King George and Queen Mary in the new movie, our current queen reportedly loves watching the goings on at the Abbey, having spent a lot of time at Highclere in previous years.
In fact, Brian Hoey, author of At Home With The Queen, revealed previously that HRH even notices when details are out of place in certain scenes, and takes delight in pointing them out. We wonder if she’s booked her ticket for the cinema release yet.