Julian Fellowes is writing a series set in America a few decades before the events of 'Downton Abbey', and has hinted that some of his old characters could make brief appearances in it.
'Downton Abbey’ fans who are distraught about the imminent end of their beloved period drama may be cheered by a suggestion that one of its characters could star in a prequel series. Violet, The Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith in existing series, may be returning in the new American series ‘The Gilded Age’.
Julian Fellowes, the creator and of the smash ITV series and the writer of the forthcoming American project for the NBC network, told the Mail on Sunday that ‘The Gilded Age’ would be set among the high society families of New York in the late nineteenth century. This would mean that, if she were to return, the quick-witted and acerbic Violet would be played by a younger actress in events depicted many decades before those of ‘Downton Abbey’.
The Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith (above) in 'Downton Abbey'
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Downton Abbey will conclude at the end of its sixth season but the Crawley legacy may live on in a movie or spin-off series.
Downton Abbey will conclude after its sixth season, the ITV show's producers have confirmed. Producer Gareth Neame made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday (26th March). "It's a very emotional day for all of the people involved in the show," Neame said at the press conference.
Maggie Smith stars in Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey is finishing after six seasons.
The sixth season of Downton Abbey will be the show's last, its creators have announced. Created by Julian Fellowes, the ITV show followed the trials and tribulations of an aristocratic family from 1912 to the mid-1920s.
Paul Giamatti [center] guest-starred in an episode of Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern have played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010 - making international stars of them both.
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'Downton Abbey' is currently filming its sixth series, and it was honoured by the visit of some real life royalty.
‘Downton Abbey’, the hit British TV drama about a fictional aristocratic family, has just received a real life royal visit from Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate, who is now heavily pregnant, mingled with the cast and crew of the show at its east London studio when the dropped by on Thursday. By all accounts they were thrilled to meet the Duchess, who is a self-professed fan of the show.
The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the set of 'Downton Abbey'
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Actress Lesley Nicol says there will be no more cheap tricks from the writing team, but Julian Fellowes begs to disagree.
Downton Abbey fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as the show’s creators have announced that there will be no major character deaths to boost ratings in season 5. Downton viewers cringed at the shocking death of Matthew Crowley in the 2012 Christmas episode. Then the writers took away Lady Sybill with Ye Olde screenwriting cliché – death during childbirth.
Julian Fellowes says fans shouldn't get too comfortable yet.
Now there’s inside info that if the Season 5 cast should change, it won’t be because someone has decided to kick the bucket in the name of ratings. So says Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs Patmore, says NO big characters will die in the next series.
It's all going on on planet Grant.
Not only is he to star in a nation’s favorite period drama, but Richard E. Grant will have everyone smelling just how he wants them, too.News that Grant was cast in Downton Abbey came earlier on this month on Valentines Day, but now we know who he’ll be playing in ITV’s hit drama. Grant will play Simon Bricker, who visits Downton as a guest of the Granthams.
Richard E. Grant will turn up to the Downton set smelling of his own product, we predict
It’s been a long road for the British actor, who has been vying for a spot on Julian Fellowes’ popular show. Asked in 2012 why he had not been written in to the show yet, Grant replied: “I have no idea. I know Julian, but I was never asked. I’ve never been up for it. Maybe next series,” according to The Telegraph.
But he’s in now, and will be playing the historian Bricker.
“When you’re born with a 10ft-long face, you don’t get hero roles. But I’m not complaining as I have hugely enjoyed the wide variety of parts I’ve got to play,” Grant has said. “I would love to play your common, everyday guy, but I never get cast as that. It would be fun to play a chav and chav it up, but I can’t see it ever happening.”
But that’s not all for Grant fans, as the headline explicitly suggests: he’s launched his own perfume. "I've obsessively smelt everything all my life,” the 56-year-old actor said.
"Anya Hindmarch, the handbag designer, saw me with my head in a gardenia bush in the Caribbean two years ago, and she said, 'Are you going to do something about that?' And I said, 'What psychiatrically?' and she said, 'No, make a perfume'. So I have done."
Perfumes are usually launched by pop stars, and glamorous Hollywood actors – maybe the odd sports personality. So Grant’s new smell comes as a surprise. "It's self-financed, self-made, everything, it's been my passion for two years, it's a big gamble,” he explained.
"There are 1,100 perfumes released every year, so it's like an old guy releasing a record and hoping people are going to buy it. But it's really good."
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Despite rising US viewing figures, the period drama could be about to find its conclusion.
Downton Abbey is on a high in the USA: the British period drama is charming scores more viewers than ever before for a fourth season, hitting new records for its stateside performance. American viewers are hooked on the drama and mysteries of the aristocratic Crawley family in Julian Fellowes' hugely successful show.
Fears That 'Downton Abbey' Will Soon End Underpin News Of The Drama's Stateside Success.
So why is it then that the future of the show, which has just aired its fifth episode of season four in the US, is so unclear with rumours emerging that Fellowes and the Downton team could be set to pack up shop sooner than anticipated to move on to new projects? Downton has struggled with ratings in the UK, having steadily experienced falling viewers throughout its fourth outing, which aired in the second half of last year.
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The popular ITV drama is a big hit with the American audience.
Downton Abbey's fourth season premiere in the USA attracted a magnificent 10.2 million viewers, proving the British period drama is as popular as ever across the Atlantic, despite falling viewing figures in the UK. Sunday's episode drew a record audience for a PBS series premiere and was also the evening's most watched programme, according to BBC News.
The New Series Of 'Downton Abbey' Has Attracted A Huge American Audience.
The fourth series of ITV's hit drama, which centers on the aristocratic Crawley family in their Yorkshire country estate, has been struggling to attract the same level of viewers in the UK as in previous seasons. The viewing levels upon the programme's return have been healthy nonetheless, with an average of 11.8 million viewers across series four, but have seen a gradual decrease over time.
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A fifth season of the show has already been commissioned, but it might be the last
Downton Abbey is by far one of the most successful TV series on the small screen today, drawing in huge, devoted viewer figures week in week out on both sides of the Atlantic. However all good things must come to an end and if series creator and writer Julian Fellowes is to be believed, then Downton's days may already be numbered.
Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes has earned major success with the show
Speaking on American TV (via The Telegraph), the Oscar-winning writer revealed that the upcoming fifth season of the hit period drama might also be the last, as he looks to move on different projects, namely the planned series The Gilded Age. In the interview, Fellowes conceded that although he would like to see Downton continue, he would rather not spend his time confined to just one piece of work. Unwilling to work on two projects at once - the last time he did this was with Downton and the widely criticised Titanic in 2012 - Fellowes has said that he will take time off from Downton Abbey to work on other projects, perhaps ending the show for good.
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The hit British period drama returns for a fourth season this weekend
Downton Abbey will return to PBS for a fourth season this Sunday, 5 January, and anticipation for the quintessentially English period drama couldn't be higher in the United States. The early 20th century-set story of British aristocracy couldn't be further from the days spent by the modern Americans who will sit down in their droves to check out the new season, but can the escapist piece move America once again?
The big bad boys of Downton will be back
The Americanisation of the show, it's preoccupation with popular culture intertwined with the prevalent and glaring theme of British social history, is what has made it such a success on both sides of the Atlantic, and this American distinction will only increase in season four. In particular, one of the integral story lines of the season involves the Earl of Downton's niece and her courting of an African-American man, one that obviously hold higher implications not just because he is American.
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