News for Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Returns to Strong Ratings

A total of 9.9 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night for the premiere episode of the PBS dramas final season.

Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowess Next Project: A Period Piece, With an App

'Belgravia' will be in the style of Charles Dickens's 'Pickwick Papers,' with a digital twist.   Read More...

'Downton Abbey' Finale Sets U.K. Record for Consolidated Ratings Gain

A total of 10.9 million have tuned in to the watch the concluding episode of the long-running series.   Read More...

'Downton Abbey' executive producer breaks down the season 6 premiere

Warning: Spoilers from the season 6 premiere of Downton Abbey lie ahead! The Crawley family and their staff are back with the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey and, per usual, theyre bringing the drama. Notably, nearby neighbors had to sell up, showing the risk...   Read More...

'Downton Abbey' producer previews 'end of an era' for final season

'I wanted people to realize that these characters are more like us than they are different than us, even though they're 80, 90 years ago,' Gareth Neame says, looking ahead to the show's return.

5 Things to Expect from Downton Abbey Season 6

Downton Abbey begins its sixth and final season on Sunday, bringing an end to the highest-rated show in PBS history. Season 6, which has already aired in the U.K., promises to bring enormous changes to Downton, its owners and staff, as well as plenty of the shows trademark soapy drama. Before the upstairs-downstairs period piece returns to PBS for the final time, TheWrap has a spoiler-free list of five things to look forward to in Season 6: Who killed Mr. Green? Last season, Anna was accused of killing Mr. Green, the valet who raped her in Season 4, after he was killed when a mysterious figure pushed him in front of an oncoming bus. Mr. Bates eventually (falsely) confessed, letting Anna off the hook in the finale, but the identity of the real killer is still unknown heading into Season 6...

Downton Abbey Stars Preview Mary and Edith's 'Rivalry,' Unexpected Final Arc

If you were hoping that Downton Abbey's culminating season (premiering Stateside Sunday, Jan. 3 on PBS) would usher in a time of sisterly peace and love, you might want to prepare yourself for a reignited competitive spirit between Mary and Edith. They remain true to their relationship, star Laura Carmichael says. There is an element...

Downton Abbey: Saying Farewell to All That

The beginning of the end has arrived for fans of the show in the United States. Season 6, which has already aired in Britain, begins on PBS on Sunday.

Watch a Clip From the Downton Abbey Season 6 Premiere

Who's that mysterious woman eyeing Lady Mary? Tune in to the season premiere of "Downton Abbey" this Sunday to find out.

Key Things to Remember Before the Final Season of Downton Abbey

  The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey debuts on PBS this Sunday, which means its time to try to recall what the hell happened during Downton Abbey season five. A lot of time has passed since we last enjoyed some quality Crawley time at least it has for those of us who didnt already watch the U.K. airings of the sixth season and a lot of stuff happens on this show. Like, didnt Edith finally acknowledge that she has a child? Wasnt Bates in jail? (Answer to that is always yes.) Oh, and didnt Mrs. Hughes and Carson finally decide to make their unspoken thing a thing and actually get married? Im pretty sure that happened, and yet it feels like some hazy butler-proposal dream that, weirdly, involved the phrase, You old booby. So, lets officially refresh our memories with this list of key details from Downton Abbey s fifth season that will tee (tea?) you up perfectly for that final go-round with Lady Mary.   The setting When we last left Downton, we were celebrating Christmas in 1924. That means the season-six action will resume in 1925, the same year that both F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby and the first volume of Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf were published. Anna Bates: murderer? Hey, remember Mr. Green, Lord Gillinghams valet and the man who raped Anna in season four, then got pushed into an oncoming bus by an unseen shove-murderer? Well, even though hes dead, his presence continues to hover over Downton Abbey like the unwelcome CGI ghost of Hayden Christensen in the special edition of Return of the Jedi . Last season, despite a stunning lack of anything remotely resembling evidence, Anna Bates was arrested and accused of killing Green. Mr. Bates who seemed like he might be responsible for the shove-murdering confessed to the crime, the only way that anyone confesses to anything on Downton Abbey : by writing a letter. In the finale/Christmas episode, Anna was released on bail because of that letter. But we know Mr. Bates didnt do it, because Molesley and Mrs. Baxter found a pub owner who supports Batess alibi at the time the shove-murder occurred. Given Annas history of violence she once knifed her abusive stepfather in self-defense, because there is no limit to the amount of garbage that woman has had to endure it seems likely that in season six, she will face trial, or get rearrested, or just generally be punished in some fashion because Julian Fellowes is an Anna Bates sadist. Lady Mary and Matthew Goode, sittin in a tree ... So many things happened to our Lady Mary Crawley in season five: She got a boss haircut, she made Anna Bates buy her a diaphragm, she had sex with Tony Gillingham in Liverpool, then decided she didnt feel like marrying him after all. That last piece of information is probably important to remember. But so is this: that she met Henry Talbot (played by the dashing Matthew Goode) and there were major sparks between them, and that if all goes well, they will fall in love in season six and he will, at no point, get run over by a lorry. Edith owned up to being Marigolds mother After learning that the love of her life, Michael Gregson, is really, most sincerely dead, Edith committed herself to raising the daughter they conceived out of (gasp!) wedlock. Lord Grantham and Cora are aware that Marigold is Ediths child, and so is Tom. Mary, however, is totally in the dark, so prepare for an entire season of Mary making rude statements about how Edith doesnt know what its like to be a mom while Edith exchanges knowing glances with Cora while sipping tea from fancy cups. Tom planned to move to Boston After spending a last Christmas at Downton, Tom announced his plans to leave the U.K. and move to Boston, Massachusetts, where he can finally live among outspoken Irish people. (Sybbie, of course, is going, too.) My hope is that the new season will feature a Boston-set bottle episode that takes place during one eventful night at Cheers for Tom Branson and his new best Beantown buddies, played by Mark Wahlberg, John Ratzenberger, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.