Friday 26 May 2017

Downton Abbey's Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes hint how their story unfolds in final series

Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Jim Carter as Mr Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey
Undated handout photo issued by ITV of Jim Carter as Mr Carson and Phyllis Logan as Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey
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Downton Abbey stars Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan have hinted at how their love story unfolds in the final series.

Viewers will know it took ages for them to finally get together, but is Happily Ever After on the cards for them?

"It does get resolved, but not without some heart-searching along the way," says Logan, who plays Mrs Hughes, in an interview with the Radio Times.

Carter, Mr Carson in the show and who is married to actress Imelda Staunton in real life, offers his own take on it all: "It's a Julian Fellowes script, so nothing is easy. Obstacles are always put in the way."

They reveal they wanted their characters to get together as much as fans did.

Logan addresses the fact that their on-screen relationship also addresses and tackles other issues.

Michelle Dockery attending a BAFTA tribute evening for Downton Abbey held at The Richmond Theatre, London
Michelle Dockery attending a BAFTA tribute evening for Downton Abbey held at The Richmond Theatre, London

"Viewers have grown up with these characters," she says, "Love and sex - it's not just for youngsters! It's nice to think there's still an interest in these old fuddy-duddies. They're not dead from the neck down the minute they turn 50."

Her and Carter, along with the rest of the cast, shed many tears on the last day of filming which was August 12.

Talking about Fellowes' narrative and how the show deals with "big issues", Carter says: "He was clever to set it when he did, in a period of big social change. There were some areas where you couldn't go too deeply. If a black jazz singer had arrived in north Yorkshire in the 1920s, folk would have fainted, screamed or called the police!"

For Logan though, parts of the storyline are close to home: "Mine was a very working-class background. I grew up knowing about 'haves and have-nots'. But the Granthams are a very benign lot - not everyone was like that - some were quite dreadful to their employees. But I'm not sure how Downton would've played if it had been harder."

Joanne Froggatt and Alice Shuttleworth (right) attending a BAFTA tribute evening for Downton Abbey held at The Richmond Theatre, London
Joanne Froggatt and Alice Shuttleworth (right) attending a BAFTA tribute evening for Downton Abbey held at The Richmond Theatre, London

Carter reveals his last line in the final series, and it's sure to keep fans guessing as to its hidden meaning.

He says: "My last line goes something like this: "It's going to be a different life, but we'll manage... together'."

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