The long-awaited theatrical release of the Downton Abbey movie is almost here, which makes it a perfect time to resurrect this feature story by CBS Sunday Morning from 2013. (Click through with the “Watch this video on YouTube” option after pushing play.)
It tells the history of Highclere Castle, a.k.a. the real Downton Abbey, and the family who owned it during the early 20th Century era depicted in the series. Suffice it to say they had some exciting melodramas of their own, some of which was mirrored over the course of Downton‘s six seasons.
The feature-length Downton Abbey opens on September 20, 2019.