New from Masterpiece, and the Downton Abbey film

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of September 24, 2018

Next Sunday evening, September 30th, we’re in for a treat, when two popular series return to MPT.

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Starting at 8pm you can see the first episode of season three of The Durrells in Corfu, which will be followed at 9pm by the the start of the fourth series of Poldark. Both are Masterpiece presentations and as both series have been renewed, it’ll be nice to watch them knowing that they’ll return next year. In fact, filming for Poldark Season Five is already currently underway in Gloucestershire at an ‘undisclosed location’. We’ll have to wait until next year to find out more about that.

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Maggie Smith

Filming is also currently taking place – finally – on the Downton Abbey movie, which will reportedly be released in 2019. Right now, it looks as if most of the regular cast will be in it, including, I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear, the wonderful Maggie Smith.

There’ll also be several newcomers. They include the real-life wife of actor Jim Carter who played Mr. Carson, Imelda Staunton. You might recognize Staunton better as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films. The wonderful Geraldine James also joins the cast of the film. Long-time Masterpiece viewers will remember James from The Jewel in The Crown, where she played Sarah Layton. Simon Jones, who played Lord Brideshead ‘Bridey’ in another classic Masterpiece Theatre series, Brideshead Revisited, is also in the film, as is David Haig and Stephen Campbell Moore, both of whom have been in numerous series that have aired on MPT.

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Simon Jones

The characters the newcomers to the world of Downton will be playing have yet to be revealed. What is known though is that Julian Fellowes, who penned the TV series, has also written the film and it is being directed by the same director of the series’ very first episode back in 2010, Brian Percival.

It has also been revealed that Lily James, who played, Lady Rose MacClare, will not be appearing in the film. James explained her character’s absence in an interview with People magazine.

“My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be far fetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused story-line. There was simply no space for Rose.”

Making a brief appearance at the end of the film is Matthew Goode, who played Lady Mary’s racecar driving husband, Henry Talbot. Fans of The Crown TV series, will recognize Goode from his role in that series where he played Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.

As soon as we get a release date for Downton Abbey the film we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, enjoy a Masterpiece marathon of The Durrells in Corfu and Poldark, starting at 8pm Sunday, September 30th.

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