According to the Director's Commentary, Charlie Watson (Albert the Hall Boy) originally featured as a reoccurring extra in series 5 and series 6 of the television version of Downton Abbey. The film version marks Charlie's first role with lines. Director, Michael Engler, said that "it felt in a funny way similar to the story; which is the Hall Boy who becomes the Footman - it's like the extra who becomes an actor". See more »
The morning after a long, torrential downpour, there is no trace of water on the pavement or in the flat gravel driveway. See more »
Mail Delivery Man:
A special one today.
[hands Andy the mail]
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I love the Downton Abbey TV series so I was always going to expect a lot of the movie. I'm happy to say my expectations were exceeded. Everything about the movie was brilliant.
First of all the cast were nothing short of amazing. It must be hard to resume playing a character after years away from them but they all managed to do it and do it well. Pretty much all the actors returned which was nice for fans and reflective of what a great time they must have had working on the original series. I loved that every character got a moment, no matter how big or small.
The writing and directing was spot on. Great to see the original team still has what it takes. Grand yet subtle.
The costumes of course were stunning as usual. The attention to detail is very much to be awed.
The plot was perfect. It was a new storyline but had all the hallmarks of a great Downton episode. Plenty of laughs, lots of little romantic moments, that ordered chaos we all know and love, and of course a wonderfully acted bittersweet moment from two of my favourite characters (I won't spoil it).
And last but not least it was so lovely to be back at Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey. A wonderful location. It felt like going home.
In summing up, this movie was the perfect addition to a practically flawless series. As an avid fan I was thoroughly satisfied by everything about it. Highly recommend seeing it on the big screen.
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