How to Stream Every Single Episode of ‘Downton Abbey’ Before the Movie Hits Theaters in September
The movie, which continues the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family, picks up in 1927, 18 months after the show’s last episode and will feature beloved characters reuniting at family’s grand home for a big event. Almost all of the original cast will be back, including Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Jim Carter as the butler Carson, and Maggie Smith as the witty Dowager Countess. A few new faces will also join the cast, including Imelda Staunton and Tuppence Middleton.
What to expect from the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie
The Downton Abbey movie will focus on a major event for the Crawley family: A visit from the King and Queen of the U.K.
“It’s a very intricate tapestry of all these Downton characters — and [the story] surrounds this one main event, the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. Each character has a role to play in this momentous occasion, and mine is at the helm of it,” Dockery explained to InStyle.
The characters are also coping with a rapidly changing world, which is welcome for some, such as former chauffeur Tom Branson (Allen Leech).
“The world [is] changing in a way that Tom Branson had always hoped,” actor Leech told Entertainment Weekly. “As it picks up again, it’s definitely becoming a world that Tom Branson is much more suited to than a lot of the Crawley family.”
Of course, the gorgeous locations (the show and the movie were both shot at England’s Highclere Castle) and fabulous costumes will be back and better than ever.
“It really is an extension of the series, but on a grander scale,” Dockery told EW. “The sets and the costumes and the work that has gone into creatively is remarkable. It’s incredibly sumptuous and all the great things people love about Downton.”
How to stream Downton Abbey before the movie
It’s been three years since the last new episode of Downton Abbey aired in the U.S. Fortunately, fans who want to get reacquainted with the characters won’t have any trouble doing so.
Amazon Prime subscribers can stream all six seasons of the show for free. These are the original, unedited U.K. episodes. When the show aired in the U.S., some minor edits were made to accommodate PBS’s commercial-free format.
PBS members can also stream the entirety of Downton Abbey for free with their Passport benefit. Generally, anyone who donates $60 or more a year — or $5 per month — to their local PBS station can access the benefit, which also offers streaming access for many other Masterpiece programs, including Victoria, Poldark, and Sherlock, as well as series like American Experience, Nature, and Nova.
Downton Abbey is in theaters September 20, 2019.
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