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You are cordially invited to watch the first Downton Abbey movie trailer


The ups and downs of smash-hit ITV drama Downton Abbey have had us gripped for the past eight years.

As if you needed reminding, writer Julian Fellowes' award-winning period costumer traces the lives of Lord and Lady Grantham and those of the various servants, cooks and valets in the sweeping house of the title – and we're finally getting a movie next year.

Now, don't go in expecting this teaser to reveal anything of the plot. Instead, prepare to revel in a sense of nostalgia as the film-makers, clearly empowered with a bigger budget than on the TV show, swoop and glide over the majestic panoramas of Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton stand-in.

We do get a sense of upstairs-downstairs routine as curtains are flung open and servant's bells start ringing. The one concession to plot and context is a flash of crowds waving Union Jacks – this may be an allusion to the onset of World War II, which makes sense given the chronology of the series. (The sixth and most recent, aired in 2015, covered the year 1925.)

Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern are back as the Granthams with numerous other cast members also returning. Among others, expect to see Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot, Jim Carter as Carson, Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Brendan Coyle as John Bates, Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes, Lesley Nicol as Mrs Patmore and Penelope Wilton as Baroness Merton.

And before you ask: yes, Maggie Smith is returning as everyone's favourite acid-tongued Dowager Countess. Check out the trailer below and tweet us your responses @Cineworld. Downton Abbey is released in the UK on 13th September.