There wasn't a dry eye in the house when the cast and crew filmed the final ever scenes of Downton Abbey. Now the results are finally being shared with viewers as a trailer for the sixth series is unveiled. Jim Carter who plays the butler Carson, warned that they would need "two hankies" for the series which will begin on 20 September, with the final episode reserved for Christmas Day.
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Their favourite characters are seen moving on to pastures new, with the suggestion that The Earl of Grantham and his servants must close up the big house. All the lights are switched off before a single car pulls away
The trailer opens to an acoustic version of Time to Say Goodbye. The Earl, played by Hugh Bonneville, is seen talking to his faithful butler about the need to move. "If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can't, Carson. You nor I can hold back time."
Meanwhile, his daughter Lady Mary and Anna share a nostalgic moment. The lady's maid says: "We have had our moments, haven't we m'lady?" "We certainly have," replies Lady Mary.
Her sister Edith appears to have some romance in her life again with a mystery suitor. While a surprise guest arrives possibly their brother-in-law Tom, who went to America to find his fortune.
Executive producer Gareth Neame admitted to the Daily Telegraph: "I was in the cutting room yesterday, with four middle aged men, trying not to look like we were crying."
Earlier this summer the actress who brings Lady Mary to the screen, Michelle Dockery, shared several emotional Instagram posts from the last day of filming, saying it had been "six of the most glorious years" of her life.
Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes) said that in the end the emotion got the better of all of them including Jim (Carson). She told an audience at the Edinburgh TV festival:"This was the last, last ever scene. Poor old Sophie [McShera, who plays Daisy] had practically been crying through all the takes.
"Jim had been very stalwart and he very kindly gave a speech on behalf of us all. Then he, half way through, started going."