It’s finally here, the film that the Rex was built to show. Julian Fellowes has visited us twice and remains a family friend of the Rex.
A few years after the acclaimed series’ end, the period drama set in the famed fictional Yorkshire country estate makes its big screen debut. With creator Julian Fellowes back on board, it’s 1927 and Downton is turned upside down when Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) is informed that King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) will be staying the night. At first excited by the news of royal company, giddiness turns to outrage once the downstairs staff hear that King and Queen will bring their own servants with them. The formidable Countess of Grantham (played wonderfully by Maggie Smith) is also dismayed to hear that the Queen has brought her lady-in-waiting and a Crawley cousin Lady Bagshaw, (introducing the A-lister’s A-lister: Imelda Staunton), with whom she has a longstanding feud. The royal visit unleashes ‘scandal, romance and intrigue,which could leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance’. (research Rachel Williams) Oh dear... You wont miss it so the there’s no point in further encouragment. Just come and have done with it.