Filming Begins on 'Downton Abbey' Movie as Imelda Staunton Joins Cast

"Downton Abbey" series finale key art (Photo Courtesy of (C) Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Filming has kicked off on the highly anticipated feature film adaptation of period drama Downton Abbey.

Yes, it’s really happening. After all the rumors, false starts, and fervent fan hoping, production is under way, the movie was officially confirmed back in July. The major players we all know and love were confirmed to be returning, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and, of course, the indomitable Dame Maggie Smith. And now, principle photography on Downton: The Movie (which still doesn't have an actual title yet)

 is officially under way.  

Netflix Offers First Look at 'The Crown’s' New Prince Philip

Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in "The Crown" Season 3 (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

Filming is under way on the third season of Netflix’s award-winning period drama The Crown, and expectations are high as the series ages up its entire Royal Family by way of recasting them all.

Yes, Season 3 will mark the first outing for the next stage of The Crown’s cast, as Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Goode and others all stepping down to make way for the next (older) generation of royals. And now we can (finally!) see what our new Philip - Tobias Menzies - will look like! 

PBS Releases First Trailer for ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ Season 3

The cast of "The Durrells of Corfu" (Photo: Courtesy of Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE)

It’s a strangely bittersweet and exciting time to be an American fan of British family drama The Durrells in Corfu.

The series, based on conservationist Gerald Durrell’s trio of memoirs about his family’s time on the Greek island in the 1920s, will end after its fourth and final season, which just kicked off filming in the U.K. Yet, it’s hard to be too sad about this announcement just yet, as American fans still haven’t seen the drama’s third season yet, which was broadcast overseas earlier this year. So, in the strictest sense, we still have two full seasons to spend with the Durrell family, even if the series is officially wrapping up next year. And now PBS has officially dropped a trailer for the third season, which looks as gorgeous and charming as ever. 

In short: Enjoy it while you can, folks.

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