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LONDON—As soon as the credits rolled on the final episode of Downton Abbey—the British import period drama that became a smash hit on PBS—there was talk of a follow-up film. Though it took a few years for the movie to get the official go-ahead, the final product lands in theaters stateside this weekend, a little less than four years after the series finale aired in early 2016.
While it hasn’t been that long since fans last saw the Crawley family on screens, filmmakers had to not only bring the series to the big screen, but reignite the audience’s passion for the show years after they’d thought they’d said goodbye.