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Downton Abbey - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Downton Abbey - Five Reasons You'll Love It

During its six-year-run on television, Downton Abbey was a colossus. 

At its peak, the show rivalled Adele and Scottish whiskey for its export value to the UK, with the rights acquired in over 220 countries and a global audience of an estimated 120 million people. 

It gave now established stars like Dan Stevens, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rose Leslie and Lily James their breakthrough roles and has earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Emmy Awards. 

It's no wonder then that when creator Julian Fellowes floated the idea of a film, producers devoured his hand. 

Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern, and Maggie Smith all return to star. 

There are new cast members too, with Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore all taking supporting roles. 

Michael Engler, who directed a number of episodes of the series, takes charge, working from a script from Fellowes. 

The story is a simple one, it's 1927 and the King and Queen are planning to visit Downton Abbey. It's a visit that has everyone in a tizz...

The film is out now and can be purchased here on DVD and Blu-Ray from hmv's online store here. 

But, before that, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love this trip back to the splendour of Downton Abbey...


The cast list is long, but the plot is simple...

While Fellowes and Engler are aware that the vast majority of the people who sit down to watch this will already be fully bought and paid-up fans of the show, there will be a few first-timers. Thankfully they make it easy to catch up on six seasons of back story and keep the plot points simple. 


All the key players get their moment...

With a cast list as long as the list of territories that bought the show, you'd suspect a few of the key characters would get neglected, but the script is remarkably even-handed. All the key players get their moment in the sun and screen time is remarkably even. 


It looks immaculate...

The costumes, the period detail, the sweeping longshots of the houses and garden, the beautifully choreographed ball that binds the narrative, it all looks incredible. A proper visual feast. 


Maggie Smith's acid wit is in full flow...

Smith's role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, has always been one of the fan favourites of the series, but here she's on particularly top form. It's withering put down after rapier quip from beginning to end. 


There's a bit of action to go with the drama...

You'll get no spoilers here, but Fellowes and Engler do offer up a bit of big-screen spectacle with some action scenes. 


Downton Abbey is out now and available here in hmv's online store.  

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