'Downton Abbey' Season 6 News, Update: First promo photos revealed; Gareth Neame there isn't 'script or plan yet' for possible movie


The first set of promotional photos for the sixth and concluding season of PBS/ITV period drama series, “Downton Abbey,” has been released, showcasing some members of the cast who will give life to beloved small screen characters for one last time.

Among the included ones are Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Anna Bates, John Bates, Thomas Barrow, Andy Parker, Joseph Molesley, Robert, Lady Edith Crawley, Cora Crawley, Lady Mary Crawley, Isobel Crawley, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore.

Meanwhile, during Television Critics Association press tour, Carnival Films chief Gareth Neame shared that with the game-changing franchise coming to an end, rumors of a film are already beginning to gather more traction, “I’m not denying anything; I think a Downton movie could be a wonderful thing. But we don’t have a script or plan yet,” he said.

Plot for the new season will only tackle events that have transpired until 1925. Neame hinted that if the movie happens, “a lot of rich territory” can be explored using the crash of stock market in 1929.

Moreover, the cast was also present during the tour.

When asked by a journalist what they would miss most in the series, Elizabeth McGovern who plays Cora Crawley said that she will miss the “peace of it.”

Compared to real life where too much information can cause anxiety, “In the world of Downton Abbey we only know the circle that is in front of our face and know our job and place, and how to behave. And there are limits to that life, of course, but it’s peaceful,” she elaborated.

While Joanne Froggatt who portrays Anna Bates mentioned that it made her realized how fortunate she is to be living in the time when women have more “freedom” unlike before when there was “the lack of opportunity for women… unless you were born in the aristocracy.”

Season six of Downton Abbey premieres on January 3, 2016.