We have several updates today for Downton Abbey fans! First up, an hourlong Downton Abbey NBC special, titled Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event, is set to air Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
The special will give viewers a chance to celebrate and have an inside look at the upcoming feature film. The film Downton Abbey, which features the returning cast and a story highlighted by a visit from the King and Queen of England, opens in theaters on Sept. 20.
The Downton Abbey NBC special, to be hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough and filmed at the historic Highclere Castle in England, will talk to the cast about what made the series so unique and appealing to millions, as well as how the series easily segues into the feature film.
In addition, celebrities will share their Downton obsession and talk about what made the show so addictive.
In related news, both a featurette on who’s who and a clip have come online and can be watched below.
The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its six seasons, the series garnered three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically-rated TV show along the way.
The Focus Features movie stars the original principal cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, and Academy Award winner Maggie Smith, as well as new cast members Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.
Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, who created Downton Abbey and wrote the film’s screenplay, will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler returns to direct. Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will executive produce the movie alongside Nigel Marchant. The Downton Abbey movie is produced by Carnival Films, and will be released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.