At the Downton Abbey Series 6 launch today were Executive Producers Gareth Neame and Julian Fellowes reflected about the final scene to be filmed.
Gareth Neame, Executive Producer told “Last night at 7pm we wrapped all of the servants. They shot their last scene. It’s an incredibly emotional, moving scene in the very last episode.
“It was very cleverly scheduled that they had that scene to do and then we clapped them all off the stage. I can tell you that quite a few tears were shed by grown men in the form of butlers and footmen that I never expected to see.
“I think the final season is very strong and I believe the fans of the show around the world will be happy and satisfied with what happens to our characters.”
Writer and Creator Julian Fellowes reflected, “The characters have been so real to me for six years. So I do think you have a little sadness. You do feel rather sorry to say goodbye to these people because I’ve enjoyed the creation.
“I’m sorry to see them go. I’m very unlikely to be involved in anything that is as successful again and so, of course, I say goodbye to these golden years with a slight pang. But it seems the right time to go while we’re still firing.”
Downton Abbey was honoured this week with a BAFTA Special Award in recognition of its contribution to television both in the UK and around the world.
It has also been announced today that Patricia Hodge, who stars as Miranda’s mother in the UK comedy Miranda, would be joining the cast for the final ever episode, the Christmas episode due to air on Christmas Day 2015 (for UK viewers).