Fans of the hit British series Downton Abbey were left devastated when the show aired its last episode in early 2016. But on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, Jim Carter - who played butler Mr. Carson - has given fans a fresh dose of hope, hinting that the popular period drama will be back.
When asked about the possibility of the series being made into a movie, the 68-year-old let slip that the cast have already been asked to clear dates in their diary for filming. He told the show’s hosts, "We've been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future. But nobody has seen a script."
After he was pressed for more information, Jim confessed he's still unsure about the show's future. "We don't know," he replied. "We haven't seen a script, but there's a willingness to do a film. I am sure it will emerge."
Downton Abbey, which also starred Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael, appeared on television for six seasons. During its run, the series picked up BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG awards.
Michelle, who played Lady Mary Crawley, recently suggested that the possibility of a movie being made was highly probable. "I think there is potential for a film," she said. "That is something I would wholeheartedly consider, so we will see. It may not be over yet." The actress added to The Telegraph: "The thing that I miss the most are my cast members. But we are all still very close."
Meanwhile, creator Julian Fellowes previously suggested that Downton Abbey could still have "some afterlife". He said: "It wouldn't surprise me if it had some afterlife because it's been such a strong force. But it's definitely finished on television. That's it."