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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.  

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in ‘Brexit’ TV Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Hartswood Films and MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on a very different sort of role in his next project. The actor is set to star in Brexit, a Channel 4 drama that will tell the story of Britain’s landmark vote to leave the European Union. 

That’s a working title, by the way; so don’t be shocked if the one-off drama changes its name before it makes its way to air next year.

The thriller will be written by playwright Jason Graham, and aims to unpack the issues behind the historic campaign. Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes will direct. Brexit is currently tentatively scheduled to air in early 2019, shortly before the U.K. officially departs the E.U in March.

David Tennant Joins Jennifer Garner for New HBO Comedy ‘Camping’

David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy in "Broadchurch" (Photo: BBC America)

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant has officially joined the cast of upcoming HBO limited comedy series Camping.

Tennant will play Walt, an “obedient” husband and loving father who serves as the linchin of his male social group. The story centers on a celebratory camping trip in honor of his 45th birthday, an event that was supposed to be a “delightful weekend back to nature,” but which turns into a disaster in short order.

‘Broadchurch’ Star Olivia Colman to Take Over as Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Crown’

Olivia Colman in a promotional shot from "Broadchurch" Season 3 (Photo: ITV)

Popular Netflix period drama The Crown is getting a new monarch. The series, which currently stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, will drop its highly anticipated second season this December. But when the show returns for its third go around – ostensibly sometime in 2018 or 2019 – it will jump forward in time, and the royal family will look quite a bit different. 

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