Fans of Downton Abbey can breathe a sign of relief — a film of the hugely successful TV series has finally been confirmed after much speculation. Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) shared the first behind-the-scenes photo to social media from the set of the British historical period drama Downton Abbey as filming on the project has officially started.
The critically acclaimed show's main cast are set to return for the feature including award winning actress Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern. Also returning from the series is its creator Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes who wrote the film’s screenplay.
The period TV drama, which was a hit around the world, ended at Christmas 2015 after six 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 home.
Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award and 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.
Downton Abbey has been credited with spawning a massive worldwide increase in demand for professionally trained butlers, especially British butlers, notably in China, Russia, and the Middle East. Between 2010 and 2012, demand was thought to have doubled, leading to some butlers fetching salaries as high as £150,000.
Some of the fashion items worn by characters on the show have seen a strong revival of interest in the UK during the show's run, including starched collars, midi skirts, and beaded gowns.
speculation: n. 猜测
garner: v. 获得
spawn: v. 引起
starched: adj. 上过浆的