'Downton Abbey' Fans in U.K. Get Chance to See Season 5 Opener in Cinema
The hit drama is expected to return on British broadcaster ITV in late September
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), a charity for people working behind-the-scenes in the British film, cinema and commercial TV industries, has partnered up for a premiere screening with ITV and producer Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal.
It will take place at the Empire Leicester Square, one of the British capital's big premiere cinemas, on Sept. 17, and the show's cast and creators will attend.
This is the first charity screening for Downton Abbey in the U.K., a spokeswoman said. There have been many Downton charity events over the years, but no charity screenings, she explained.
ITV hasn't announced a season premiere date, but it will be after the charity screening and is expected in late September. Tickets to the charity screening cost $125 (£75) per person and are available here. Included in the price are red carpet arrivals, a glass of champagne and a Q&A before the screening.
Already confirmed to walk the red carpet and participate in the prescreening Q&A are show creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and castmembers, including Jim Carter (Mr. Carson).
Said Neame: "The chance to see these much-loved characters on the new Imax screen at the Empire Leicester Square is not to be missed, and we can't wait for audiences to get their first glimpse of the thrilling new series."
Season five of Downton Abbey features the return of the Crawley family as the roaring 1920s bring change to Britain.