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At the Downton Abbey Series 6 launch today were Executive Producers Gareth Neame and Julian Fellowes reflected about the final scene to be filmed.

Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Minkie Spiro
Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd February 2015, The Savoy Hotel. Julian Fellowes (Executive Producer/Writer), Gareth Neame (Executive Producer) and Minkie Spiro (Director Ep 1&2) ©2015 Carnival Film & Television, photo by Nick Briggs

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.”

Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame
Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd February 2015, The Savoy Hotel. Julian Fellowes (Executive Producer/Writer) and Gareth Neame (Executive Producer) ©2015 Carnival Film & Television, photo by Nick Briggs

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).

Downton Abbey Series 6 - Downstairs stars
Downton Abbey Series 6 – The downstairs stars ©2015 Carnival Films, photos by Nick Briggs