I can reveal that a celebration of all things Crawley will take place at Highclere Castle this June before the release of the film in September.
The Chamber Orchestra of London will perform at the Hampshire estate for a concert called Music from Downton Abbey, with host Jim Carter reviving his role as butler Carson.
He will present footage from the show — which ran until 2015 — on huge screens at the stately home where it was filmed.
In an exclusive interview, Jim said: “It’s so exciting. I think I’m the best person to look back on the Downton story because I was the character that went from downstairs to upstairs. Carson knitted everything together.
“Imagine 10,000 people with the castle as a backdrop and the orchestra. It is going to be sensational.”
Fans are likely to scramble for tickets for the June 22 concert, which go on sale on December 14. Jim knows only too well how much hunger there is for more Downton.
He added: “I meet people on the street and they still say to me, ‘When’s it coming back?’ So I’m kept constantly aware of how fond people are of the show.
“This concert will be a great link into the film — it’s going to keep that magic alive just a little bit more.”
There are some TV shows that are best left untouched, but myself and millions of others would love Downton to come back for another series.
- Tickets for Music From Downton Abbey go on general sale on Friday 14 December 2018 at 9am at LiveNation.co.uk.
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