In cinemas this month…
DOWNTON ABBEY – The Crawley family and the servants who work for them are back in the much-anticipated feature film set in 1927, one year on from the TV series’ finale. With the Great Depression looming and the Crawleys’ tightening their belts with their once large bevy of servants now diminished, Downton prepares for a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary. We see Carson the butler, summoned out of retirement to restore glory to Downton in the face of a visiting royal household, while Lady Mary considers whether to leave the estate forever, much to the protest of Anna Bates. Meanwhile, Branson gets a new love interest, Mrs Patmore defends the honour of her kitchen from a royal invasion, and the Dowager Countess attempts to bend the knee. With all those much-loved faces retuning, it’s not to be missed!
Featuring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode
Director: Michael Engler
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge
Historical Advisor – Alastair Bruce
On TV this month…
TOP BOY – The new series picks up as Dushane, now free from exile, is back home in London with plans to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully, his spiritual brother, partner, and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile – prison – comes to an end. However, awaiting them both is Jamie; the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully.
Featuring: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Michael Ward
Directors: Reinaldo Marcus Green, Aneil Karia, Brady Hood, Nia DaCosta
Producers: Yvonne Ibazebo, Charles Steele, Alasdair Flind
Line Producer - Tina Pawlik
Costume Designer – Charlotte Morris
PLEBS – A new series of the sit-com returns to Ancient Rome and follows three under achievers, all of whom are on a desperate quest to live the ‘when in Rome’ mantra to the full in the empire’s most exciting city. This series features a huge line-up of guest stars including Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox and Blackadder’s Tony Robinson, as well as Tracy Ann Oberman, John Thomson, Kevin Bishop, Leo Gregory, Nigel Lindsay and Phil Davis.
Featuring: Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Joel Fry
Director: Sam Leifer
Producer: Teddy Leifer
Production Designer – Julian Fullalove