Downton Abbey, the lavish soap opera masquerading as historical period drama, returns four years after its final episode for a big screen encore that picks up the story two years on.

The Crawley family and their employees at Downton Abbey are preparing for a royal visit by King George and Queen Mary. However, their excitement is quickly quashed by the realisation that the royal entourage includes exclusive servants, leaving their services rendered for the visit. This, of course, throws the Abbey into turmoil and the scheming begins. Throw a budding romance into the mix, along with a royal scandal and some oddly contemporary social commentary, and Downton devotees are in for an eventful reunion with their favourite characters.

Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture is an engaging extension of the television series, with fleeting moments of progressive themes and signs of changing times. Series’ creator and screenwriter Julian Fellowes makes no concessions for those unfamiliar with the show, giving latecomers the perfect excuse to binge-watch the series beforehand for a more rewarding experience.

Release Date: December 11, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern

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