Downton Abbey: A New Era Preview

The hit series is back with another film from Julian Fellowes, but will it be as good as the first?

Kayleigh Fraser
27th November 2021
Image Credit: IMDB
Downton Abbey's second film preview shows us it will glitter on to our screens next spring.

Julian Fellowes is back again with the next instalment in the Downton Abbey film series. Based upon the highly successful 2010 TV series, Fellowes first brought Downton to the big screen in 2019 with an 84% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Two years later, he revealed that our favourite characters would return in the newly titled Downton Abbey: A New Era. Set to release in March 2022, promotional photos and the teaser trailer hint at a rather continental adventure for the Crawley family.

Left to right: Bertie, Edith, Lucy and Tom step out for a tennis match outside a rather European looking manor. Image Credit: IMDb

Much of the cast seems to be returning for the sequel apart from the husband of Lady Mary - Henry Talbot (played by Matthew Goode). Fans have been speculating how his absence will be explained, since he has been a firm favourite since the sixth and final season of the series.

Left to right: Daisy and Mrs Patmore are pictured in Downton's kitchen. Image Credit: IMDb

Although there is a large returning cast, photos have given us a glimpse at a brand new character, never seen in the previous film or series.

Left to right: This mysterious new female character dazzles in fur beside returning character Andy.

As a fan of the show, the trailer and pictures have left me with more questions than it has answered. In the last film, the main message audiences took away was that the servant and master dynamic was a fading lifestyle.

"Should we really go on with it?" was the million dollar question from Michelle Dockery's Mary Crawley in the first installment; suggesting that the traditional Downton splendour was coming to an end.

So, why is it all alive and well with plenty of servants in the teaser trailer for the second film?

Left to right: Lord Grantham and Lady Mary on Downton's iconic staircase. Image Credit: IMDb

Another important plot line from the first film was the fact that Maggie Smith's character, The Dowager Countess, revealed she had cancer and with that, not long left to live.

Yet, the Dowager is still in the second film and seems to be well. However, there is another side to this. Some fans now believe her death will be shown in the new movie.

Aside from all of the questions it's raised, Fellowes newest Downton Abbey creation does indeed promise a new era. Within the teaser trailer, characters are lounging on boats in the South of France after the Dowager has 'come into possession' of a house there.

Judging the trailer alone, this seems to be the main plot line of the film; Downton takes a continental journey. Regardless of the vague nature of the plot so far, I know for a fact that I'll be heading to the cinema on opening night for some good old Downton Abbey magic.

The trailer promises a brand new adventure for our favourite family.
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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
Campus Comment Sub Editor for 2021/22 and Head of News at NSR. English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, bath and body works and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee, guinea pigs, my dog and binging The Simpsons.

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