ITV hit Downton Abbey ran for six years after first bursting onto our screens back in 2010. Downton Abbey ended up with a loyal fanbase including the likes of US rapper Puff Daddy, Beyoncé, Rod Stewart and Jamie Lee Curtis. The show even broke into the notoriously tough Asian market with audiences across the globe tuning in for the latest twist in the Grantham family’s fortune.
During its run, Downton Abbey garnered multiple accolades including Emmys, Golden Globes and National Television Awards, as well as a slew of nominations.
The show was even given a special BAFTA Award to honour the programme’s achievement and flying the flag for British drama across the globe.
Unsurprisingly, the world can’t get enough of Downton Abbey, leading some to wonder if there will be another TV series after the film.
Will there be another series of Downton Abbey?
ITV has not made any announcement about whether Downton Abbey will be returning to screens.
The Downton Abbey film will be released on September 13, 2019 in the UK before hitting American cinemas a week later on September 20, so it seems unlikely at this stage the show will be coming back to the small screen any time soon.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Downton Abbey composer John Lunn shared his thoughts on any possible comeback.
“I think it’s an interesting thought,” he said. “There’s been talks of even prequels – imagining was it was like before.” He added: “But never say never.”
Although Downton might not be returning to screens, there have also been unconfirmed reports that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is working on an adaptation of his novel Belgravia for ITV.
Fellowes is also rumoured to be creating the Gilded Age, the American answer to Downton set in New York with equally acerbic aristocratic matriarchs and scandal.
So, while it seems unlikely that Downton Abbey may be making a comeback to TV any time soon, we can hopefully expect more period drama fare in the same vein from Fellowes in the future.
Lunn is now busy working on the music for the Downton Abbey film score to tug at our heartstrings once more.
“The music is the last thing to go after its been filmed and edited. I always try to tell the story, so I sort of improvise to the scene and try and make it clearer by what’s happening. Maybe provide some emotion that needs to be more emphasised,” he explained.
Lunn continued: “Downton, although it’s a period drama, it’s actually quite fast-paced, so the music’s giving an emotional shorthand of what’s happening between characters.
“It’s rather that than being inspired by something different – just by being inspired by Downton itself.”
The composer has been writing music for Jamestown and the new series of The Last Kingdom as well.
But his association with Downton doesn’t end there, Lunn is also set to be appearing at a special musical event from the Downton Abbey set later this year at Highclere Castle.
Jim Carter hosts Music From Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle will be taking place on June 22, 2019 and see Lunn on piano as he performs with The Chamber Orchestra of London.
Some of the key pieces of music from the programme will be performed live for those attending the concert with cast members set to be performing key scenes from the show.
Jim Carter hosts Music From Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle this June. Tickets available at LiveNation.co.uk