‘Downton Abbey’ Set for December China Release

The “Downton Abbey” movie will get its chance to charm China thanks to a theatrical release on December 13, nearly three months after its U.S.

September 20 release date.The Julian Fellowes period TV series has been an extremely popular hit in China over the years, with audiences in the Communist country drawn in by the depictions of the opulent lives of Britain’s upper class in the show.

All six season are available for streaming on the Youku platform.With what was reportedly 160 million viewers tuning in back in 2014, the show sparked such a craze for British-style luxury that it actually initiated a trend among wealthier Chinese families to employ British-style butlers, creating a boom for butler training schools and agencies.

And when Chinese premier Li Keqiang took a trip to the U.K.

that year, British prime minister David Cameron gifted him a copy of the script of the first-ever “Downton” episode,

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