After such a challenging year, the announcement of a second Downtown Abbey film is the perfect tonic. A bit of light relief, a soupcon of suspense, a bit of fizz and froth, tiaras, beads and bangles: something positive to look forward to and talk about. It is also a bit of a relief for all of us that it is now official as we have done our best to evade the guessing, surmising, wondering and leading questions and not to let the news of the film slip out inadvertently.
As crew and cast arrive back, it reminds me of the familiar feeling from my youth of the return to school at the start of term: the slight apprehension allied to the welcome feeling of a familiar structure to the day. Undoubtedly there will be some new faces in both crew and cast and it will take a while to settle down and to find a modus vivendi which is made more complicated this time by Covid protocols. We are all, however, determined to make it work.
Most of us have struggled to a degree during the pandemic whether it be from a health, business, financial, emotional or mental point of view and we have all relished moments to escape. Escapism is not necessarily detrimental: it offers each of us a relaxing diversion from the everyday world and can expand the power of our imaginations. Indeed, I think dreaming and just letting your mind relax can often help problem solve in everyday life although it is just one of the many ways we find to cope from gardening or going for a run, to music, mediating or joining a book club or theatrical group. Dreaming and pottering, just letting go, is just as important at times as living in the moment and being present is.
Given that it has been harder to live in the moment in recent months due to the lockdowns, nostalgia for the past is certainly having a bit of a moment but hopefully we can now have both. The characters in Downton Abbey have their own stories and stress points and have captured and engaged imaginations around the world. It is the script, photography and interest in what happens to them. It is also pure escapism, a romance and a dreamy nostalgic two hours in a cinema or, later, on a home screen.
One of the key elements of a drama such as this is the costumes and all the dressing up, again something that most of us have not had a chance to do for a long time. It is a bit of an effort, probably a little less comfortable than the clothes we have become used to over the last year and possibly waist bands may have to be adjusted but hopefully we will all become inspired anew. There is nothing more fun than dressing up for a party, knowing that you are looking your best.
Last September we had planned to hold an event called Magic of the Movies, one of several events we had to postpone due to the pandemic. It will now, with what must surely be tremendously serendipitous timing, take place this September. We are proposing that everyone comes dressed as their favourite Downton character which we have done before and is such fun. There will be music and dancing along with costume and car displays, altogether a weekend to remember.
As an added extra in the light of the news of the movie, and with the help of Team Highclere, I have written a short script, which I thought we would film over the weekend. We might have to pick straws for which of those who attend take part in it but considered yourselves warned! We will also have prizes for the best dressed.
If you don’t wish to dress up, that is fine too – it is not for everyone – but smart attire please!
Now that is a Delight to Hear. After what we have all been going through the fact that some element of life will be returning truly gladdens my heart and no doubt many other fans. For the 1st time in more than a year I will be returning to the Frick Museum in New York City. The pleasures that We have taken for Granted.
Isn’t it a delight !
I have just finished rewatching the first movie. It was so good to be back at Downton. Can hardly wait for the second one.
Looking forward to seeing the new movie very much. The first film was such a beautiful production. Also looking forward to visiting Highclere in July. Thank you.
I look forward to greeting you at Highclere
When is the filming??!!
My wife and I have tickets for August 4. We are so excited!!
Amazing! Do you know which agency they use for film extras please? I live so close to Highclere and I would simply love to be in it Thank you.
Blog is 100% pr for the movie. Only for the.movie.
Our Horses took part in the other series, ready to do it again !
They were great stars!!!
Wonderful post! I’m thrilled to here there will be another Downton Abbey movie time look forward to.
I am so happy to tell you I was visiting the Highclere Castle last Friday for our 35th wedding Anniversary.
We will come back there maybe in September if we get chance. It would be a Fantastic idea to dressed as favorite character.Beautiful historical Castle.
Movie magic indeed. Just the photo at the top of the post is enough to make me sigh with delight. Can’t wait to see tidbits you are able to share in the future about the new movie!
There is a huge Downton following down here in Australia. I am so delighted to hear there will be a second movie – can’t wait!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
How completely thrilling to hear this news. As we are in the middle of another 6 week stay-at-home order in Ontario, Canada, with no end in sight, being able to dream of going to the movies again is a boost to our resolve. And a well timed one at that. Good for all of you for keeping it “under wraps” as well.
I agree wholeheartedly with you…a little bit of dreaming is as important to coping and managing what is happening as walking, meditating and prayer.
I have gathered it is challenging for you – I am so sorry – I hope we can continue to offer diversion
YAY!! This is the best Monday morning news!!! I’m so happy for you that filming will be back at Highclere, so happy for the actors to have work and so excited to have another film to look forward too!!
isn’t it fun!
Very exciting news!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What good news your blog brings. I can’t wait for the Downton Abbey 2 movie and am just as excited to see your “short” that you plan to film this weekend. What fun! I would love to be at Highclere in September for the “Magic of the Movies.” We may be getting back to normal slowly.
Have a wonderful day,
I love it .Both Downtown Abbey as a film, and Highclere itself . I am ,normally, a room guide at Killerton, so I love it when I see John Aclands’ portrait in the library and Kitty in the hall.
We came and visited a couple of years ago and were lucky enough to get to chat with you.
Wishing you all the very best for the coming year and the new film.
Let’s hope we can all get back to normal.
I do hope so Jenny
What wonderful news! I loved these thoughts, “Escapism is not necessarily detrimental: it offers each of us a relaxing diversion from the everyday world and can expand the power of our imaginations. Indeed, I think dreaming and just letting your mind relax can often help problem solve in everyday life although it is just one of the many ways we find to cope from gardening or going for a run, to music, mediating or joining a book club. . .”
Thanks for brightening my day!
Hello lady Carnarvon.
Hope you have managed to make a brief appearance in the film this time.
Carry on Highclere
Happy to hear about another Downton Abbey movie. Also, hope my plans to visit Highclere in the fall work out. I originally had plans to visit this last September but alias, it did not happen.
I hope to see you in a few months…
Dear Lady Carnarvon
What exciting news!! Another Downton Abbey movie thrills me beyond belief and you sound quite pleased as well. The special weekend event you have planned for September sounds “simply marvelous “ and I do wish I could attend! Being 74 yrs, I feel sure that I would dress as a younger version of Violet, a character that has given me many moments of laughter.
Thank you for sharing the news and have great fun with the planning and script writing.
Best always to you and the Earl,
Cate, Perhaps we should have a New England version of this party!!!
Now wouldn’t a New England version of Lady C’s party be great fun! Where in New England are you? Which character would you dress as?
May happy days be with us soon.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Well isn’t this the most wonderful news! Diversions are indeed a much needed tonic in these most challenging times. The last year and a half has shaken us to our core, with many life lessons that will never be forgotten. But to have some moments of lovely “escapism” is just wonderful to look forward to. All I can say is, “YAY”!!!
I will celebrate with a Highclere Gin and tonic, and look forward to many photos and stories of the filming. The script, your and Julian’s, will be marvelous.
Thank you for the great news! Be well!
Charlotte Merriam Cole
Thank you, thank you, for brightening my life again with this splended news, cannot wait to see the new film. I watched the whole series about 4 times and film1twice. It made me very happy, and filled my life with excitement again. I live in Holland.
Quelle nouvelle réjouissante ! Merci Lady Carnarvon et bonne chance à vous et à toute l’équipe de Highclere que j’ai tant hâte de découvrir mais je ne sais encore quand cela sera possible habitant en France !
Sounds delightful and I look forward to the photos!
Such wonderful news! I cannot wait for Christmas. Something wonderful to look forward to, as 2020 was a terrible year, pandemic aside. I’ve been watching the show again and I like Lady Mary lost my husband very unexpectedly 6 months ago and I am starting a whole new life now, dating and all! I can’t wait to see what Lady Mary has been up to!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
It is good news
What a delightful post to start my day here in the US. I look forward to it and a movie date with my girlfriends, hopefully with fewer COVID restrictions, like we saw the first movie. Wishing you all an enjoyable filming experience and excitedly anticipating the result!
This is such exciting news for Highclere Castle and the cast and crew of Downton Abbey 2 the movie! In these trying times of the pandemic this gives hope for everyone to see our favorite characters again and to see the fabulous scenery and beauty of Highclere! I hope you and your husband will be extras in this 2nd movie in a scene where we can see and recognize you. That would be thrilling for all of your fans and visitors that have been to Highclere as I was fortunate to do in August, 2019.
Love to you Lady Carnarvon,
Glenda in Alabama, USA
thank you so much
What great news! I am so pleased to be able to talk with friends about a positive topic for a change. Thank you for making the announcement.
All the best,
Karen in Tillsonburg, Canada
Wonderful news…and appropriately timed!
What great news! I am so pleased. Thank you for making the announcement.
All the best,
Karen in Tillsonburg, Canada
We are all so excited and hope to see you soon!
I am so excited to hear this news! These days we do not enjoy very much television with the exception of our HGTV shows, so this is the best news ever!!!
What wonderful news! It lifts my spirits to be able to share good news. Thank you.
All the best,
Tillsonburg, ON, Canada
So excited to get another glimpse into Highclere!! I LOVE Dame Maggie Smith!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon, thank you for making my year!! The Second Movie is the BEST news I’ve had in over 12 long months & it’s given us all something to look forward to! I wish you & everyone @ Highclere & all the Cast & Crew a wonderful Summer,
This is very welcome news indeed. I am happy for me as I can look forward to the new Movie but more importantly I am happy for Team Highclere as it does take some brass to get everything up to standards. The added bonus is hopefully getting to see Highclere again as shot and lit by professionals unlike my photos which though quite good can not match theirs.
As always the sense of fun pervades your blog making delightful to read.
thank you! Yes it is news which lifts the spirits
How fabulous – a lovely way to start the week with this amazing news!
What wonderful news to lift everyone’s spirit as well as something entertaining to look forward to this winter. Hope all the original cast members will return.❤️
Wonderful news! Absolutely delighted!! Will it be “one” movie – or a weekly series? Hope the latter – something to look forward to each week after this dreadful year! Thank you! Such good news for me after an especially difficult and depressing week!
It is a movie…
Something to look forward to. These past 13 months ..permanent .job loss, but at my age …65. I guess it’s time to stay home. The loss of m husbands brother due to Covid…. to have something I thoroughly enjoy lightens my mood. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. I look forward to your posts. Thank you. Kathy in northeast Indiana
Such very exciting news! I can not wait. We want to come back to see you so badly. Let’s hope they remove all these restrictions so we can LIVE again. Best of luck with the new movie shoot.
Such happy news. Watched Downton Abbey again just recently. Just love the characters, story lines,visuals…
As I awoke and read this incredibly good news it was so exciting to star my Day.
I can’t wait for the Downton Abbey 2 Movie.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I enjoy watching your programs featuring Highclere, which are shown on PBS here in America. I also enjoyed revisiting the first Downton movie last year, which was a bright spot in that ‘annus horibilis.’ Looking forward to Downton Abbey 2 later this year.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
this is exciting news! In my humble opinion, the story of the Crawleys’ could last for years and years! Properly done the magic will endure. An excellent boost for cinema’s too, who will appreciate a new movie that is guaranteed to draw us in. I hope the characters have continuation, I loved Upstairs Downstairs (and still watch it on DVD) but was sad when the story picked up once again, it was just the house that remained, with one aged parlour maid in an old peoples home reminiscing. The house is the pillar on which the history is pinned, but it is the family who create all the drama and intrigue, and we love the Crawleys nearly as much as we love the Carnarvons.
Thank you for allowing your home to be used once again, and for the good news.
Thank you Jane
Lady Carnarvon l lovely Downton abbey movie lovely all the cast in Downton abbey and highcelere
Such exciting news! I have watched the series a few times, attended the exhibit in Boston, Mass. and watched the movie. Truly lets you step back in time and escape from our current lives. Thank you for lifting my spirits this morning with such exciting news! Enjoy your week!
To know there is a new Downton Abbey movie is so exciting! Something great for which to look forward. I visited Highclere in 2015 & have so many fond memories especially having tea there. Your party sounds wonderful and I wish I could attend. I regret, at this time of Covid, not being sure when international travel is going to be an option. I’m in the US. Best wishes to you and your grand party!
Lovely watching downton abbey again would love to coming to highcelere castle in September
Such wonderful news to wake up to this morning!
Exciting news from Highclere indeed! Lovely memories of our 2013 trip and the years of seeing ‘life at the Abby’ each Sunday night before and after our trip! Hurray!
And if you would be so kind, I have a question about the Carnarvon name — am reading a book that mentioned Caernarfon Castle in Wales. Is there any connection to your husband’s family? I found that the word derives its name from Roman fortifications defending “the stronghold in the land against Anglesey.” Perhaps this history could be worked into a comment by Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham! Thanks ahead of time if you have any comments about this – I am a US born Anglophile!
Hope to hear from you re: the Caernarfon name! The book I’m reading is Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander – about the 1400s and the present and how they will intersect in the end.
Thank you for your weekly blog. It is a great start to my week.
Very exciting news they will be a another Downton abbey movie would like to come September lam big fan of Downton abbey and the cast and crew
Although I am a big fan of all things Downton Abbey (just finished watching the movie over the weekend…again), and am thrilled another movie is in the works to continue the story, I am a bigger fan of the Earl and Countess for providing the backdrop for the series and now movies. What a beautiful place–Highclere Castle!
However, my daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting you both on our visit to England in May of 2019. What BEAUTIFUL people, The Lord and Lady Carnarvon!
Thank you for a most memorable trip! We hope to return someday.
Would love to see you, the Earl and Luis as extras in the movie. That would be awesome!
Wonderful news about the film, just what we need.
A little light for us on a dark day – my young sister passed away yesterday
I am so sorry for you and my thoughts are with you
What a lovely idea!
Do you know when in September this event will be held?
That’s the best news I’ve had in weeks!
Thank you for sharing news of the new film. So nice to read about something fun!
So excited for this it be perfect tonic at Christmas
Question I have will the filming effect any bookings for July when myself and daughter in law is coming as we could not come last year as I was shielding
We will be open as usual in July
Wonderful news! Thank you for sharing this with us Lady Carnarvon. My mind is racing wondering what sort of plot this new movie will be about. Let’s hope it’s a happy and uplifting plot because the time period sees the family entering another war. We all need good news right now. Please keep us posted.
So happy to hear this wonderful news! My 14-year old daughter, Chloe, is now a fan of the show and we will look forward to dressing in our finest for the premiere!
Lady Carnarvon, what wonderful news you have brought to all of us. It is now a time to dream for what is to come. Thank you so very much for making my day. Best Wishes To You, Cheryl
Fantastic News, Good Luck to all involved with Acting, Filming, Directing etc.
and Good Luck to you, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, enjoy the Company !
Magic of the movies!
It absolutely is the best excuse to pack bags and head down to Highclere, last time we were in England we did not have the chance to visit the castle, but this time, it is in our top priorities and we really hope we can get to meet Lord and Lady Carnarvon.
Indeed Downton has been the greatest way to dream about eras, and the perfect way to leave reality behind at least for a while.
Lord and Lady Carnarvon, from our home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, please receive our best wishes and may Highclere and Downton keep the magic alive forever!
So Happy for you and your Highclere Team Lady Carnarvon! As well as all of us fans of both Highclere Castle and Downtown Abbey! Even though it will be a bit of disruption to your lifestyles of living when there I can only imagine you are thrilled to welcome the movie teams back again.
Wonderful news to look forward too, thank you for announcing. Have fun in September as well. Remain well.
Be still my heart! Another Downton film to look forward to.
If I can travel to England in September, I would love to attend your “do”. What fun. And something else to look forward to. Sounds like an idyllic weekend.
I would like to Thank you for hosting the Easter Egg hunt over the weekend. My 3 boys really enjoyed themselves. I will be looking out for other family event to attend throughout this year.
Again Thank you.
Thank you, Lady Carnarvon,
So much to look forward to and enjoy.
Just what we all need and will deeply appreciate.
Oh alas! I wish I could come….sounds like a wonderful celebration to hopefully end the pandemic.
Such good news. If I were able to attend the September “do” I would dress as Mary – she is so feisty and yet vulnerable, and I love her character, very like mine! I can’t wait to visit on August 1st this year (deferred from a couple of weeks ago). Good luck with the season this year
So excited the hear Downton Abbey will be back again and the idea of coming back dressed as my favourite character to Highclere is very appealing!! We have just had the most amazing afternoon tea and walk round Highclere gardens. The gardens are beautiful, and it has been so lovely and warm in the wonderful sunshine. The cream tea (especially the scones) was delicious and it was very nice to meet you Lady Carnarvon
Thank you for coming here…
Dear Lady Carnavan,
So glad to hear that the movie is bening made for all our enjoyment. It’s been a dream to visit you but now because of Covid my dreams will be me dreams. I got it in August with stays in 2 different ICU’s. Now after many rehab units I am mobile in a wheelchair and walking about 10 ft. Praise G*d I’m one if the lucky ones.
Please wish all who come to the event to have fun, enjoy themselves and be safe whatever they do.
May blessings to all you do for others.
You will get better!!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for your Monday blog and sharing this exciting and wonderful news.
I am so happy for you and everyone at Highclere Castle on its gentle reopening. It has been too long a wait. At this time, I am still unable to travel overseas, but look forward to when I will be able to come for a visit.
What a great Christmas and birthday present for me, Downton Abbey 2! So looking forward to going to the theater to see it in person. Equally excited to view your short film presentation later this week. Please send a reminder, as I do not want to miss it.
Until next week, may you have a productive week.
I totally love anything to do with Downtown Abbey. A new movie is so exciting. Would love to see Highclere, but being elderly and disabled it will never happen. Your castle is truly lovely and you are so kind to share it with us.
Carol Gallop, A Norman, Oklahoma, US
How exciting for you all and the world! if the difficult travel restrictions are lifting I’m jumping on a plane and coming to my homeland in short order.
How fun dressing up and allowing ourselves an indulging weekend of posh frocks and fun. And It will be fun because your wonderful self is so involved with organizing it all.
So fingers and toes crossed I will make it back ‘home’ and finally visit friends and have a relaxing time with all you Highclere folk.
Ok so this blog has broken the news about the second Downton Abby film. not PR just a proud parent showing off her child! Love it, do carry on it is helping us in lockdown have hope that ‘ we will meet again’ even though the timing maybe not right now but it’s coming, hang in there people.
Thank you. It is such a blessing for us that you not only open that beautiful home and grounds to the filming crew, but that you accept visitors from around the world. My two visits from NY to Highclere were wonderful. It is so special it to connect with people from all over and share in admiring the history and beauty of the home, and its and connection to a ‘bit of telly’ that resonates with so many, young and old. It allows us to feel a part of it all. And I so enjoy your insightful and informative blogs! Thank you!
I can’t wait! I still love it.
Such Happy News….
I am elated, full of joy and am smiling ear to ear;
Thank you for sharing this news with all of us. ♥️
Can’t wait for Christmas,
This is such great news -for us in Michigan and around the world!! We haven’t been to Highclere since 2015 for the TeaTime article, but hope to be back next year. Lucky are the folks who will be attending in September for the Magic of the Movies event although, anytime is a fantastic time to visit Highclere! Thanks for this wonderful article and the update about the new movie. Escapism, indeed – in the most delightful form: a chance to reconnect with familiar and well-loved characters and motivation to don our fun finery!
It is very exciting indeed. I have had my tickets for Sunday, September 12th for many months now. We are so looking forward to being at Highclere once again for this special occasion!
It is very exciting indeed. I have had my tickets for Sunday, September 12th for many months now. We are so looking forward to being at Highclere once again for this special occasion.
I simply MUST come to the event in September. PLEASE tell me how to reserve a spot! and thank you for this wonderful news. Ironically, I just started the series over again last night!!! I can’t wait to see Highclere in person one day!
I am sure you will make it here
And kudos to you for keeping it under your hat. If it were me I’d have been squirming to tell!
Great news about the new movie. I enjoy watching the Abbey Road live webcam. Have you considered a live webcam for Highclere? Perhaps in a garden area? (Or do you already have one?)
I am an event planner which was not a good occupation this last year. Every one of my events had been cancelled. But spring arrives and with it and the opening up of activities and venues, I am once again going to planning meetings for upcoming parties. This last Friday, April 16th, I went out to dinner with my friends, the first time since our shutdown date in California of March 13, 2020. We all acted like 12 year olds at a middle school dance, giddy and crazy after not seeing each other in a year. I ordered champagne to welcome the group and there were additional bottles of chardonnay consumed during the dinner. This week, soccer parties, golf tournaments, and summer fashion shows await to be organized. Today is a glorious sun filled morning, a sign of better days to come. I know exactly how you feel as you get ready to hostess guests and parties. Best of wishes.
thank you Gayle – may this year be better for you
I too, am in hospitality and have not worked since March, 2020.
Good luck with your upcoming events. I hope to say that soon too.
OMGoodness!!!! I’m speechless! What fabulous news. Thank you ☺️
Very well pleased that it’s DA-2…as you say it’s just the right “pick-me-up”… I remember filming last time and the subsequent happiness and frivolity when it was leading up to the premiere… great news also that you are organising a “magic of the movies” event in September…..and to be scripted and of course Directed by Lady C…who better? I hope so many of the DA cast will be present and can perform cameo roles! I’m sure Paul Mc for one will be itching to get in front of the camera He will be magnificent and Oscar worthy.
Delighted that the saga is continuing and hope to see you in September
Take care Pat!
Lady Carnarvon’s Official Podcast episodes 8 and 20 are well worth listening to if you want to find out more about what it’s like to host a film and TV crew at Highclere Castle! Listen to them here: https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/podcast/
Just saw your official announcement. How GLORIOUS! Such a world wide shot in the arm so to speak. We will personally be fully vaccinated by July but I doubt very much that we’ll be able to leave the country (or even the province?) by September. On the one hand my Covid sewing projects have been good therapy but also heartbreaking to think we won’t make it to the party. We’ll just have to dress up on your weekend regardless and we still have one bottle of Highclere champagne!
So excited to hear this news!!
Fantastic news!!! Love Downton and Highclere❤️ Dreaming of the day I can come back to visit and enjoy tea and scones once again! Congratulations on another wonderful adventure!
Thank you for the wonderful news. It made our day! We would like to purchase some items from our gift shop. How do we obtain a catalog?
Ella and George Benko
1260 Yosemite Blvd.
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Just go on line to http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk and click the tab gift shop
Thank you! This was the blog we were waiting for! More lovely and impressive scenes from your lovely Highclere! It must have difficult to keep going under these strange COVID conditions! We still have such fond memories of Highclere! Until when are the film crew and cast with you? Hope all goes well!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What fabulous news.
It is wonderful for each one of us, your Monday family, and it must be so very exciting for you, your family and the entire staff at Highclere.
I recall reading an interview given by Michelle Dockery way back at the time of about Season 2 of ‘Downton Abbey’, when she said what a privilege it was for the cast to be able to perform in such beautiful surroundings as are provided by Highclere, which she declared (quite correctly) to be the real star of each episode.
Speaking of actors, such as Ms Dockery, it is interesting to be able to rewatch the episodes and Series of ‘Downton’ and witness not only the development of the characters that they play but also the refining of the (especially younger) players’ skills in the craft of acting. (And wasn’t Michelle Dockery’s more recent performance in the movie, “The Gentlemen”, delicious!)
The more senior actors also have brought such a wealth of experience and talent to the production, that the younger members of the cast could only thrive in their presence.
And talking of the more senior cast members, will or won’t Maggie Smith’s wonderful Lady Violet Crawley return for the movie sequel? Given the near final scene of the first movie featuring the Dowager Countess and Lady Mary, it appeared that in that movie, ‘Downton’ was in effect farewelling Maggie Smith’s character. However I have read that The Dowager Countess will return for the sequel.
If that is so, then the years during which the second movie is set should not be too far beyond when the first movie ended. I recall that first movie was supposed to have been set in about 1927. I have read that the character, Lady Violet Crawley, supposedly was ‘born’ in 1842. If that is correct, then that would mean that by 1928, the fictional character would be 86 years of age, which actually is Maggie Smith’s current age.
On that basis, one can ponder which historically significant events are to feature in the new movie.
The character, Tom Branson (played by Allen Leach) featured in a major role in the first movie, with an attempt to pit his patriotism for a free Ireland as against his loyalty and love for his ‘family’, the Crawleys, including what was ‘right’/ needed to be done by him.
Given the year in which the first ‘Downton’ movie was set, that was indeed a most appropriate film plot, because 1927 was the year that saw the renaming of the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland’ into the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, recognising in name the Irish Free State’s independence, it having come into existence with the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.
As for the sequel, it is noted that 1929 and beyond provide a wealth of historical events to form the background for the forthcoming film’s narrative.
For example,1929 is regarded as the year when the Great Depression commenced – in the US it began in early September and within weeks it became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929, (known as “Black Tuesday”).
One awaits with bated breath to see what flows from the pen of ‘Downton’s’ screenwriter, Julian Fellowes.
I am aware of Baron Fellowes’ long standing friendship with your family. However, I only recently learnt that he was born in Cairo, which of course is a city whose museum is linked to your family through the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.
I also note that Julian Fellowes suggested that the movie, Gosford Park, be filmed at Highclere. (I’m so glad that didn’t occur and that Highclere bided it’s time waiting to later ‘star’ in ‘Downton Abbey’.)
If 1928 is chosen as the setting for the second Downton Abbey movie, there are numerous interesting historical events that took place that year, commencing in January with the flooding of the Rivet Thames and the filling of the moat of The Tower of London with water overflowing from the Thames.
1928 also was an Olympic year, with the Games that year taking place in Amsterdam.
An appropriate historical event of 1928 that could be mentioned in the film is that on February 8, Scottish inventor, John Logie Baird, broadcasted a transatlantic television signal from London to Hartsdale, New York. (In Australia, our television awards of excellence are called ‘The Logies’ in memory of the achievements of John Logie Baird.)
Similarly, 1928 was the year when Mickey Mouse featured in the film, ‘Steamboat Willie’’. It also was the year when the MGM lion roared on screen for the first time.
In the UK, during May 1928, the age of women having the right to vote was reduced from 30 to 21.
At about the same time in the US Eliot Ness became a ‘special agent’ of the Chicago crime enforcement organisation and so began the ‘untouchables’ and their “battles” against organised crime and prohibition.
During July 1928, the expression “as good as sliced bread” gained even more credence with the invention of the first bread slicing and wrapping machines.
For Australians, 1928 saw the first flight across the Pacific from the US to Australia by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Even more importantly 1928 saw the foundation of the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service. However, I doubt if those historical events will have any relevance for the forthcoming second Downton movie, even if it is set in 1928.
For lawyers. 1928 was when Mrs May Donoghue found the remains of a snail in her ginger beer, leading to the landmark negligence case of Donoghue v Stevenson. As interesting as that case may be, I also doubt if it will feature in a Downton film.
Of much more interest is the fact that in early 1928, the existence of DNA was confirmed and moreover, later that year, Scotsman, Sir Alexander Fleming observed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, which of course lead to the discovery of what later becomes known as penicillin.
Also, during 1928, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement were formally established.
We await with interest the undoubted delightful script that will flow from Baron Fellowes’ pen.
Thank you again for sharing this fabulous news. I apologise for the length of this entry in your Blog. I seem to have let the excitement of the occasion take me away on even more tangents than normal.
With the movie being scheduled for release at or slightly before Christmas 2021, one can already sense an air of anticipation and excitement growing amongst the many fans of ‘Downton’ and ‘Highclere’.
When does/did filming commence? Hopefully your life has not/will not be too disrupted. Of course, you must all now be ‘old hands’ in this process.
Congratulations again to all concerned.
It is a go go go I think you might say…
Happy for all of us fans of Downton Abbey and happy for you and Highclere after the year of lockdowns and no visitors.
Such good news! Our family had a bad week, sudden loss of family member, etc. This truly lifted my spirits! No doubt! Bless you!
I am so sorry for you
This is the VERY best news!! I usually cannot wait for Christmas now I REALLY cannot wait! Yeay!!!If you need an extra set of hands around Highclere, you can count on me! HeHeHe
This is exciting news!! My friend and I are really looking forward to joining you for the Magic at the Movies weekend this September.
Thanks you for the good news about the new film. I would love to be able to attend your Downton party in September, but alas, not sure that travel from the US will be any better by then, even though my husband and I are now both “fully” vaccinated. Our trip to Scotland and England that was postponed from last July and rescheduled for this July, has once again, been postponed for another year. I guess that is better than canceled. However, I am sure your event will be splendid and that you will keep us totally informed about the preparations and the actual party. So glad I picked up the card for your blog in the entryway in 2016 as your stories make us all feel like we are part of your Highclere extended family.
We will hold our event another year – and continue the story…
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Good afternoon! Oh this is very exciting, indeed. I have the entire series, the first movie and will now look forward to the second film as well. My husband and I would love the opportunity to visit in person someday.
Blessings to you and yours~
What wonderful news! I know you and your Highclere team welcome this diversion from the plodding year we are emerging from. Enjoy!
Downton Abbey movie take 2 is exciting and I can’t wait for it to show in theaters. The last time I was in the theater was to see Downton Abbey take 1 movie and it was amazing. People who were around me were polite and courteous while in other showings people were rude and obnoxious. I like polite people instead. If I win the lottery I’ll show up at the September event dressed to the nines as Violet, because I’m too old now to be Mary or Edith. Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the movie, can’t wait to see it.
Lady Carnarvon, the movie will be like a great Christmas present for everyone. As mentioned sometime back your blogs are the very best, wonderful written word. It does not get any better. Cheryl
You are right!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
This is indeed wonderful news! The news, itself, is uplifting to all the Downton Abby fans! The familiarity, old friends from cast and crew, and the fabulous costumes – comforting sights for you and your husband. Thank you to Julian Fellowes for creating another movie that will brighten many peoples lives, and to you and Geordie for once again opening your home to the magic this movie will create!
Blessings and aloha,
Wonderful news from “across the pond.” How very exciting, and at just the right time to cheer us all up! We can never get enough of Downton Abbey! Thank you, and blessings to all at Highclere!
Oh ! That Julian Fellowes❤️I can’t wait for the sequel. Such wonderful news . Thank you!
Fabulous article well done Lady C
Another movie – love love love it
Cheers from Australia
Certainly made my day!!!! I am BEYOND excited!!!
Such wonderful news! A great pick-me-up while we are still in the midst of many restrictions here where I live (in British Columbia, Canada). Look forward to any bits and bites you are able to share during the filming. Fingers still crossed that perhaps in 2022 I will be able to visit England again and of course Highclere Castle! Cheers from Canada.
That is great news! I loved the first Downton Abbey movie. Hopefully we can all travel to England and beyond by September.
I look forward every day to watching an hour of “All Creatures Great and Small” which is running on my PBS channel. I think it was filmed around 1975 in Yorkshire. The scenery is calling me to Yorkshire.
Watching the funeral on Saturday brought back memories of a trip with my husband to Windsor in 1996. We were not allowed inside the grounds because Queen Elizabeth was in residence, but we had tea at a lovely tea room in town.
My heart is still heavy for HM The Queen. I send good wishes to her for her birthday on Wednesday. I cried watching the green Range Rover with Prince Philip and the family behind.
I hope Queen Elizabeth knows that many in the United Sates watched the funeral with great reverence and heartfelt feelings for her and her family.
Wonderful news! I heard rumors it was staring filming this summer at Highclere – so happy for you to receive them all again!!! Take care and keep up the wonderful Spirit!
Fabulous news Lady Carnarvon! Can’t get enough of Highclere and Downton Abbey. You have all done brilliantly during the past year and lifted your readers’ and admirers’ spirits (literally thanks to Luis)! Sending hope and excitement.
Oh how fun. Wish I could be there in September. So enjoyed my visit there several years ago. looking forward to the movie.
We will be sharing September!!!
Hello Lady Carnarvon,
I finally have been able to take a few minutes to write. I know no one has been waiting and wondering where I have been, but I hardly ever missed posting ‘thanks’ to you at the very least.
I am so thrilled to hear of confirmation of the movie. What good news for everyone! I’m sure there are many restoration projects that will benefit from the proceeds from the filming crew’s return!
I was chatting with some friends and we all think you should make a suggestion to Julian Fellows! He should write a PRE-QUEL movie. It could open with Violet as a younger woman and proceed to 1912. We think it could be so interesting!
I would like to offer you and Lord Carnarvon our sincerest condolences on the death of Prince Phillip. I know you and Lord Carnarvon are close with them.
Big Hugs to you and Lord Carnarvon.
How wonderful, to get back inside your beautiful home and continue the story of the family we love. Thank you for opening your home once again!
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Why do I get the feeling that people are excited at seeing another Downton Abbey Movie???? All I am going to say (speaking like some Aussies do by running their words together) YOUBEWDYMATEICANARDLYWAIT!!!!!
I should book at seat at the movies right now and please, Lady Carnarvon, you and Lord Carnarvon have to beg for a small speaking part in the movie and definitely a mention in the credits. Perhaps you could be the people who provide Downton Abbey with Gin and come to demonstrate making cocktails?
I hope your Movie afternoon gets going this September and I for one would love to be able to come. Swanning around in a longish dress complete with feather boa and long cigarette holder would be just my cup of tea. I hope you have a great time if this Movie afternoon goes ahead and I hope we get to see some of it on your blog.
A lovely message from a lovely Lady, we all have something to look forward to now 🙂 Best wishes to all our chatters and to you and Lord Carnarvon.
You are so kind from Australia!
Now this is a “good news blog”, can’t wait to see Downton Abbey #2. It gives one hope and joy to look forward to Christmas, 2021, and perhaps a “normal” trip to the cinema? But most important, it is good news to know that Highclere will now be active with film crew, staff, and all kinds of workers will have jobs to do, some needed revenue and attention for the Castle, too. And a most exciting September event with all the best of success, I’d love to attend as Mrs. Patmore!
Lady Carnarvon, I just noticed on your Highclere Castle Instagram you now have 220 Thousand followers and I am sure there will be many more. Wonderful! Your the best. Cheryl
So happy the Downtown movie will have a part two. This is great news! Cheers!
How lovely to know!!!!
Visiting Highclere Castle is on my list once travel is up and going again.
Thank you for this announcement!
As an avid fan of your home and posts as well as Downton Abbey I can only say YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO about this info …..How Wonderful And SOOO NEEDED.
Such wonderful News!!! We had plans in 2020 to visit from Kentucky, USA to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary! Now planning for 2021. Hoping for visit in September Now, and celebrate 31st Anniversary And Birthday. Adore reading your Blog and have tried many Recipes! Such a delight.
Just so exciting, I’m the editor of Hampshire Life magazine and would love to chat about how we could work together on sharing your amazing position with our readers; who I know would be fascinated to hear from you.
I am so happy for you and your staff at Highclere Castle! Your September event sounds dreamy. I am also elated to hear the news of a Downton Abbey 2! This is just “two” too wonderful! Blessings on your event, Nathalie
Lady Carnarvon, Happy Earth Day!. Even with all what is going on in the world, I am so happy to be on this wonderful Earth and to enjoy all what it has to offer. With Best Wishes To You, Cheryl
This all sounds wonderful!
I love Downton Abbey. Have the first 5 seasons. And seen the movie. I have not bought season 6 because I don’t want it to end.
I think we will have an evening of dress up where I live.
Cannot wait until Downton Abbey 2 is out.
Thank you for sharing.
Phyllis Simpson, USA
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
We really should thank you for allowing your wonderful house and grounds to be used for the filming of Downton. I aM a great fan and have watched the ei tire series many times, I feel that I can get lost in the characters.
I have been unable to visit Highclere Castle, but it is on my bucket list as a place to visit, if not this year then definitely next year.
I love to read your blogs, please keep,up the good work.
Many thanks and kind regards
Amazing! So excited!! Expecting great performance and beautiful scenes!!!!
Thank you for this all the time you take to share Highclere with all of us around the world. I have been taking a moment today to relax and enjoy my home and outdoors. I happen to have spend spent the last two hours going over blogs and watching your videos. I reach this blog about Downton Abbey 2 and I am just thrilled to hear it. My family and I flew from California to London with the sole purpose of visiting Highclere back in November of 2019 and would gladly do it again to take part of this “Magic of the Movies.” event.
Blessings to you and your family,
Lady Carnarvon – I cannot express how utterly thrilled and excited we are in Corpus Christi, Texas that another Downton Movie will be coming our way for the holidays. I am already planning a New Year’s Eve movie party at the theatre. It will be so much fun to dress up and drink champagne with Downton Abbey to bring in a hopefully much better year. Thank you so much for sharing your home with all of us. We have also loved working with Highclere Castle Spirits on virtual gin tasting events. Thank you for your virtual events at the castle which have added some fun and spontaneity into our Covid existence. Anne.
PS. Hello Sally P.!