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Jolly good! 'Downton Abbey' movie reportedly on the way

An unconfirmed report says creator Julian Fellowes wants to film in September, but will the Dowager Countess return?

When you're alone, and life is making you lonely, you can always go "Downton." Right, Petula Clark?

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Polish your tiaras and dust off your white tie and tails, "Downton Abbey" fans. It's only a rumor, but right now, we'll take it. Britain's Sun tabloid reported Thursday that the hit costume drama would begin filming a movie in September.

According to the report, show creator Julian Fellowes and producers Carnival Films plan to begin shooting for the big screen in September. Carnival Films didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hit show followed the posh lives of the Crawley family in their English estate, as well as the lives of their servants. The show aired in Britain on ITV from 2010-2015 and in the US on PBS's "Masterpiece" from 2011-2016, and won 15 Emmy Awards out of a record-setting 69 nominations.

The show earned praise for its drama, including tragic deaths of multiple members of the main Crawley family, as well as for the breakout character of the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, played by Dame Maggie Smith, 82. (There was also an endless murder case involving the Earl's valet, Mr. Bates, but fans don't like to talk about that.)

But a "Downton" movie wouldn't be right if Smith doesn't return, and she didn't sound too positive when asked about it last month.

"I just think (a movie is) squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" Smith said. "I don't know what it could possibly be." (She did go on to admit that creating a new plot isn't her problem, it's Fellowes' -- so there's hope.)

And as much as fans may want the movie, they should know better than to ever disagree with the sharp-tongued Dowager. When her son the Earl (Hugh Bonneville) once tried to make her a deal where she'd have to admit a mistake, she told him, "Oh, well, that is an easy caveat to accept, because I'm never wrong."

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