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BAFTA to Pay Tribute to, Bestow Award on ‘Downton Abbey’

LONDON — BAFTA is to honor Carnival Films’ “Downton Abbey” with a tribute and a Special Award on Aug. 11.

Members of the cast and crew will attend the tribute to celebrate the success of the long-running drama series. The event will be filmed and co-produced by BAFTA and ITV Studios for broadcast on ITV later this year.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “I am delighted that BAFTA is paying tribute to ‘Downton Abbey,’ an extraordinary series that has flown the flag for British drama since 2010. Our tribute will take us backstage with the cast and crew to reveal what’s made it both a national treasure and a global phenomenon.”

Gareth Neame, executive producer of ‘Downton Abbey’ and managing director of Carnival Films, said: “‎As ‘Downton Abbey’ moves towards its conclusion with the final season this autumn, I speak for the entire cast and crew when I say how honored we are that the Academy will recognize the show with this Special Award. Not only is ‘Downton’ a much-loved show in Britain, it has had huge success in both the U.S. and right around the world, waving the flag for Britain and our creative content and that’s why the BAFTA recognition means so much to us all.”

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said: “When we commissioned ‘Downton Abbey’ six years ago, little did we know it would go on become the phenomenon it is today, not only loved by our ITV viewers, but also by countless others around the world. I am delighted for everyone at Carnival Films and the entire team involved in the production, that they will be honored by BAFTA with this tribute and Special Award.”

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