Saturday, 14 September 2019

My Blog Has Moved!

Dear All,

Due to some technical issues, I have had to move my blog to a new address. Whilst this one remains active and all articles previously published may still be found on here, going forward posts will be published at my new blog - All The Rainbow Hues - which you may find at the following address:

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Downton Abbey the Movie – It's Officially Here!

It seems almost impossible to believe that the Downton Abbey series finished well over three years ago.

It was speculated even before the end of the series, that creator Julian Fellowes would go on to make a film about Downton Abbey and its inhabitants, and both the idea of a prequel and that of a sequel were bandied about.

It turned out to be a sequel at the end of it, and one that picks up right were it left off; around 18 months into the future from the Season 6 Christmas special (also the series finale), from what I can understand. All our best-loved actors are back, in the much-anticipated film, which will reach the UK on September 13th and the US on 20th September, only one week later.

Here’s the gist of what info I have managed to gather about the film up to now:

It’s 1927 and the main plot seems to centre around the fact that the King and Queen have asked to visit Downton Abbey. This will, of course, send the household into a frenzy of preparation and panic. As Mrs. Hughes firmly but gently manages the downstairs into getting ready for the ultimate visit, Lady Mary - now the boss of Downton - requires some help with getting it all done and soon the retired butler Carson is back at Downton Abbey, where he belongs.

Carson’s post, for those who remember, had gone to Thomas Barrow, whose transformation from bad and spiteful to a well-loved and accepted member of the Abbey was one of the series’ sub plots. Barrow did not find love by the end of the sixth season, as can be said also of chauffeur turned family-member Tom Branson. The trailer and initial snippets and info online seem to hint that this time round, it is finally their turn to find love.

What about Lady Edith, the antagonist? It appears she is now not only happily married and a Lady at her husband Pelham’s big estate, but is also a model of modern society of the time and it seems very likely that she and Lady Mary will not be at odds for once. The trailer also sees Mary toying with the idea of maybe leaving Downton. Say what?!! There’ll definitely not be a Downton Abbey 2 in that case!

Meanwhile, a family member who is definitely NOT going anywhere is the beloved Dowager Countess of Grantham. Thankfully, despite initial comments by the actress Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager, that it wouldn’t really make sense to have her back in a future Downton, the old but sharp Violet Crawley is her witty old self and very present indeed in this new instalment. Her usual side-kick Isobel is also back, and their bickering continues!

Meanwhile, if it is Mary that is heading the preparations, it is still the Lord and Lady Grantham - Robert and Cora - who appear at the forefront to welcome the royal couple. Still together after their trials and tribulations, let’s hope they make it through this movie without any further flirting with outsiders!

Mary’s husband Henry Talbot had too little a role in the sixth season but I rather think this movie might expand a little on his character and role.

So many more characters we know and love are also back, but it would be impossible to name them all. However I must mention new-comer Lady Bagshaw, who is played by Imelda Staunton. Staunton plays the much hated Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films. Ironically, I have seen her in two more films and every time she’s played an aggravating character. Let’s see if we can hate her this time too?