Downton Abbey Live!

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of August 12, 2019

Fans of Downton Abbey should be sure to tune into MPT on Sunday, August 18th at 9pm (repeat airing Thursday, August 22nd at 1pm) for Downton Abbey Live! This televised celebration features some behind-the-scenes stories, revealed by members of the cast and creators of the series. There’ll also be a sneak peek of the upcoming Downton Abbey film, due to be released in the U.S. on September 20th.

A year in the making, the film stars most of our Downton Abbey favorites. Dame Maggie will be back as the Dowager Countess, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern as Robert and Cora Crowley, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and her new husband Henry Talbot, played by Matthew Goode, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Penelope Wilton as Lady Isobel, Allen Leech as Tom Branson and that’s just some of the upstairs crowd!

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Returning downstairs Downton Abbey staff includes Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow, Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle as Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason, Kevin Doyle as Lady Wilton’s butler Molesley and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson.

Carter’s wife in real-life, Imelda Staunton, is also in the film, playing a character called Lady Bagshaw. Although their on-screen characters are worlds apart class wise, the couple did apparently get to share a couple of scenes that took place around Grantham’s dining table. In those instances no dialogue was involved, but from what I can gather, there are plenty of words exchanged between Staunton’s Lady Bagshaw character and Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess! The last time the two actresses appeared together was in the Harry Potter film series as Umbridge (Staunton) and McGonagall (Smith). They were terrific then, and no doubt will set the screen alight when reunited in Downton Abbey the film.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
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