FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The first Downton Abbey movie, based on the mega-hit television series that won 15 Primetime Emmys® and earned 69 Emmy® nominations and set viewing records for a PBS drama, will air on Christmas Day.
The movie will begin at 7 p.m. on PBS Fort Wayne.
Immediately following this broadcast will be the perennial PBS favorite, the Call The Midwife 2021 Christmas Special, scheduled to begin directly after the special movie presentation of Downton Abbey.
The movie version of Downton Abbey is also scheduled to repeat on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m., following the premiere of Around the World in 80 Days, starring David Tennant on PBS.
Both airings on PBS will be broadcast exclusives and not available for streaming.
Billed as a grand motion picture event when it opened in theaters in 2019, the first Downton Abbey movie follows the beloved Crawley family and their intrepid staff as they prepare for the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit from the King and Queen of England.
The momentous occasion will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
Starring the original ensemble cast, including: Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Douglas Reith and Penelope Wilton, the Downton Abbey movie was the highest-grossing domestic film in Focus Features’ history.
Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, who produced alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, the movie was lauded by press as “an immensely satisfying reunion” (Collider) and “devilishly difficult to resist” (Los Angeles Times).
Guest stars also include Stephen Campbell-Moore, Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James.