After a six-year run and a highly successful Downton Abbey movie, Julian Fellowes is scripting the HBO drama titled The Gilded Age, another period piece
If we are, to be honest (and the fandom will agree), Downton Abbey is a pure utopia. If co-creator Julian Fellowes’ knew that while putting the show together is a question we’d certainly like to ask him. The classic British period drama chronicles the aristocratic Crawley family and the scandals that take place in their estate. The show is inspired by the 1970s BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs, and follows the well-heeled family’s relationship with their downstairs servants. While most Downton servants admire the nobility they serve, the value of the relationships they share has been greatly emphasised.
- Downton Abbey ruled television during its time
- The series was so successful, Julian Fellowes adapted it into a film
- Fellowes, to regain fame with Downton Abbey season 7?
The social conventions of the old days, uptight rules and noble traditions were transformed by the new winds of war. Fellowes introduced the happenings of many historical events throughout the series, including the sinking of the Titanic as its beginning.
The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the outbreak of the Spanish infuenza epidemic made an appearance too. Every event was filtered through the reactions of Fellowes’ characters.
The characters’ efforts at navigating through the post-Edwardian world that they live in as it rapidly changes, is beautifully depicted. History nerd or not, there’s a lot to learn from Downton Abbey. And as Downton Abbey season 7 goes into production, Julian Fellowes can’t wait to be in the spotlight again.
Downton Abbey ruled television during its time
Downton Abbey is like a soap-opera, but big-budgeted, beautifully executed and with an ability to take you back to the old days. It depicts the 1920’s with excellence, where the only life the British noble-class knew revolved around parties and luxurious ball-gowns.
The series is fascinating, but not because of the tremendous infrastructure or elegant visuals of the English countryside. The characters are memorable and Fellowes is never really fixated on a single character to tell a story. Each one of them was given an equally intricate and perplexing storyline to bring to life.
The ensemble cast includes Maggie Smith, who can portray anyone from the wise Violet Crawley to the kind Professor McGonnagal. Other cast members include Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern as the Countess of Grantham, among others.
The little elements set the foundation for a story full of characters whose lives were riveted by tragedy, war, love, and loss. Social-class differences were properly addressed and explored and the character development has been indescribable. Downton Abbey has something for every viewer — a thrilling story? Love and romance? A social drama that also depicts war? Mansions and ball-gowns and dinner parties? Check, check, check, and check.
Fellowes adapted it to a film
Even today, Downton Abbey is one of the most searched series on Google. No wonder it got its own film. Now, the movie adaptation might disappoint new viewers but to fans, it is everything they could have asked for. Julian Fellowes really stayed true to his character and played to the Downton Abbey crowd of fans.
The film is strictly for those who have watched the series because the first 15 minutes itself feature a huge spoiler. Your favourite cast is back with new character arcs while some continue right from where they left off.
The new cast members, Princess Mary and the other Royal staffers bring a fresh change to the film. There’s also a noteworthy performance from Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagshaw. Watching Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton together again is just as exciting to watch as it sounds.
The movie was Fellowes’ tribute to the show and it shone. If you’re deep down the Downton Abbey rabbit hole, you know what we mean. But for those who don’t, the film could be a little bland, with little to no character development and a somewhat uninteresting screenplay. Julian Fellowes, however, did deliver a film that is delightful to watch. It’s especially rewarding for fans, who have been waiting for Downton Abbey season 7 so impatiently.
Julian Fellowes to regain fame with a season 7?
According to “Deadline”, Julian Fellowes will soon begin working on a sequel to the film. Fellowes is currently scripting the HBO drama titled The Gilded Age. When asked about when he would begin working on the movie sequel, he joked, “Not until I’ve finished the scripts for The Gilded Age.”
It’s probably too soon to guess which part of history Downton Abbey season 7 (or the movie sequel) will witness. We last saw the rise of the proletariat class during the between-the-wars period in season six.
While that may have to do with the declining British nobility at the time, maybe the new season could spotlight the events that ensued post World War II era. But, if anything is certainly happening, Julian Fellowes is back with his period drama magic.
Whether there is a film sequel or Downton Abbey season 7, we can’t wait to see what is in store for us. It’s going to be a roller-coaster ride.