Here’s why you need to watch Downton Abbey: A New Era

The Crawleys go on holiday! A lavish villa in the South of France, happy nuptials, old favorites and new characters to love: Here’s why you need to watch Downton Abbey: A New Era

Like the Crawley family eagerly anticipating a visit from a very distinguished guest, Downton Abbey fans have been patiently waiting for a second film to be released.

Now, as the latest installation, Downton Abbey: A New Era, arrives in cinemas at the end of the month, the wait is finally over and the new film does not disappoint.

One of the most notable storylines in the film comes from the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) who reveals she’s inherited a lavish villa in the South of France and the family begins upon an opulent European jaunt to visit the stunning property.

Off to the French Riviera: Downton Abbey: A New Era will see the Crawley family embark on a lavish holiday to the South of France

It transpires that there is a mystery to unravel from the matriarch’s romantic past regarding the inheritance and the beloved and forthright character appears to give nothing away to help her family unravel what has happened.

In a trailer for the film The Dowager Countess quips: ‘And with that I’ll say goodnight and leave you to discuss my mysterious past.’

While there is plenty of drama on the French Riviera, back home at Downton Abbey Lady Mary is overseeing a production of her own as the family open up their palatial home to a film crew.

Mysterious past: The Dowager Countess reveals she has inherited a lavish villa in the South of France

Mysterious past: The Dowager Countess reveals she has inherited a lavish villa in the South of France

Understandably, the prospect of movie stars at the property leaves many of the servants overcome with excitement and somewhat starstruck by the cast of the glamorous production.

While many Downton fans will be pleased to see their favorite characters like the Earl and Countess of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) return to the big screen, there are also plenty of new faces to enjoy in the second installment of the film franchise.

One notably new character is actor Guy Dexter, played by the incredible Dominic West. The glamorous thespian arrives at Downton Abbey to star in film being shot at the aristocratic home in a project spearheaded by Lady Mary.

Familiar faces: Fans will be delighted to see many of their favorite characters return for the second film

Familiar faces: Fans will be delighted to see many of their favorite characters return for the second film

Excitedly downstairs: The servants seem overwhelmed with the prospect of a movie stars at Downton Abbey

Excitedly downstairs: The servants seem overwhelmed with the prospect of a movie stars at Downton Abbey

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Hugh Dancy has also signed onto the project as the film’s director while Laura Haddock appears as a movie star. Viewers will also see Nathalie Baye featured in the new flick too.

In a trailer for the film it appears that dashing Dexter has an encounter with butler Thomas Barrow, who viewers saw coming to terms with being gay, during a time when it was illegal, in the first Downton film. Whether the rendezvous between the men is a romantic one will be revealed on the big screen.

There is the promise of a happily ever after for Tom Branson as he weds Lucy Smith in a beautiful ceremony. The former chauffeur tragically lost his wife Sybil in season three of the television show and fans have been rooting for him ever since.

New faces: Laura Haddock joins the cast for the second film in the franchise

New faces: Laura Haddock joins the cast for the second film in the franchise

Happily ever after: Fans will see Tom Branson wed Lucy Smith in a beautiful ceremony

Happily ever after: Fans will see Tom Branson wed Lucy Smith in a beautiful ceremony

But as ever it’s not all smooth sailing for the family and there are plenty of surprises and delights to entertain viewers throughout the film.

There might have been a delay with the second Downton Abbey film thanks to the pandemic but rest assured the film has been definitely worth the wait.

Downton Abbey: A New Era in cinemas from April 28

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