Over six seasons, the residents of Yorkshire nation property Downton Abbey survived fires, illicit pregnancies, homicide accusations, automotive crashes, a world warfare, a miraculous restoration from paralysis, and – most stunning of all – the arrival of raised hemlines that exposed a woman’s ankle.
It’s been 4 years because the collection ended with a snowy Christmas finale by which many of the characters above and under stairs obtained a cheerful ending.
And now, although it appeared like it could by no means occur, the story continues with the brand new Downton Abbey film, set in 1927 (a yr after the collection ended) because the King and Queen arrive to go to the stately house.
Don’t panic in the event you’ve forgotten who’s married, who’s pregnant or what occurred to Lord Grantham’s beloved canine Isis (she – sniff – died of most cancers in his arms), here is a useful reminder of simply the place we left the Crawley household and their servants…
Robert and Cora Crawley, Earl and Countess of Grantham
Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) have had a number of bumps within the street throughout their marriage – together with Robert’s fumbling affair with maid Jane, and Cora practically ending up in mattress with flirty artwork historian Bricker (Richard E Grant at his most suave).
But by the top of the TV collection, all appeared pleased within the Crawley marriage. Robert has a brand new pet (gifted by his spouse) to interchange the much-missed Isis, whereas fashionable lady Cora runs each the home and the local people hospital.
Lady Mary and Henry Talbot
After her first husband Matthew (Dan Stevens) died on the planet’s slowest automotive crash, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) fell for dashingly bland Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode) who simply occurred to be… a racing automotive driver.
Following the dying of a fellow racer, he sensibly deserted the damaging profession and was final seen establishing a used-car enterprise with Tom Branson, whereas Mary – who now owns half the Downton property, left to her by Matthew – revealed within the collection finale that she was pregnant with their first youngster.
Anna and Mr Bates
Lady Mary’s maid Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and her husband, valet Mr Bates (Brendan Coyle) managed to place their sophisticated pasts behind them – which included him being accused of killing his first spouse with a meat pie laced with arsenic, and Anna’s stunning rape.
They welcomed a child boy on New Year’s Eve 1925, in the midst of Edith’s wedding ceremony celebrations. Hopefully the film will lastly reveal simply how Anna gave beginning in Mary’s mattress with out messing up the sheets even a tiny bit.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham and Isobel Crawley
Downton’s drily witty and infrequently disapproving matriarch Violet (Maggie Smith) – who, in one in every of her extra daring moments, practically eloped with married Russian Prince Igor Kuragin (Rade Serbedzija, whom we would like to see return) in 1874 – had mellowed barely by the top of the TV collection.
She lastly accepted that her daughter-in-law Cora was now the feminine head of the household, and he or she additionally helped her greatest buddy and confidante Isobel (Penelope Wilton) reunite together with her fiancé Dickie Grey (Douglas Reith) in opposition to the needs of his money-grubbing household.
Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson
Downton’s housekeeper (Phyllis Logan) and head butler (Jim Carter) are actually a married couple – and even name one another by their first names, Elsie and Charlie, within the privateness of their cosy cottage. (Mrs Hughes additionally as soon as referred to as Carson ‘Old Booby’ however we’ll attempt to neglect that one.)
Mrs Hughes continued to work at Downton because the collection ended, however Carson handed in his resignation after he revealed he was affected by a palsy that triggered his arms to shake (not good if you’re pouring out the household…
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