The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today that Downton Abbey, Carnival Films’ award-winning drama for ITV, will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute and honoured with a Special Award on Tuesday 11 August.
Members of the cast and crew of Downton Abbey will attend the BAFTA Tribute to help celebrate the outstanding global success of the programme. The Award will be presented in front of a live audience. The event will be filmed and co-produced by BAFTA and ITV Studios for broadcast on ITV later this year.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “I am delighted that BAFTA is paying tribute to Downton Abbey, an extraordinary series that has flown the flag for British drama since 2010. Our tribute will take us backstage with the cast and crew to reveal what’s made it both a national treasure and a global phenomenon.”
A global phenomenon is right! Fans around the world have enjoyed following the Crawley family drama for nearly six seasons. Crying when Lady Sybil died, cheering when Lady Mary accepted Matthew’s proposal, sneering at the evil antics of Thomas the under butler. The Crawley family has become like our family and friends and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to them.
The series even has a royal fan in Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge who visited the set prior to giving birth to Princess Charlotte.
Gareth Neame, Executive Producer of Downton Abbey and Managing Director Carnival Films, said: “As Downton Abbey moves towards its conclusion with the final season this autumn, I speak for the entire cast and crew when I say how honoured we are that the Academy will recognise the show with this Special Award. Not only is Downton a much-loved show in Britain, it has had huge success in both the U.S. and right around the world, waving the flag for Britain and our creative content and that’s why the BAFTA recognition means so much to us all.”
Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television, said: “When we commissionedDownton Abbey six years ago, little did we know it would go on become the phenomenon it is today, not only loved by our ITV viewers, but also by countless others around the world. I am delighted for everyone at Carnival films and the entire team involved in the production, that they will be honoured by BAFTA with this Tribute and Special Award.”
Downton Abbey is currently filming its sixth and final season, much to the dismay of DA fans around the world.
Further details will be announced in due course.
Carnival Films is part of NBC Universal International Studios.
Lady Anglophile….already tearing up.