See first look at Downton Abbey’s third series! (VIDEO)

As fans of Downton Abbey will surely know, in the forthcoming third series of the show, acclaimed US actress Shirley MacLaine joined the cast to play the role of Lady Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) formidable mother Martha…

And during the recent American Film Institute awards ceremony, Shirley received a Lifetime Achievement gong, which was presented to her by McGovern.

During Elizabeth’s speech, in which she gushed about Shirley’s performances in Downton, a clip was shown of the moment that Shirley’s character met the equally formidable matriarch, the Dowager Duchess, who is of course played by stage and screen veteran, Maggie Smith.

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Meanwhile, Nigel Marchant, who co-produces Downton, has hinted that the show’s writer, Julian Fellowes, has potentially another two series already on paper, but if the show continues to be successful, he sees no reason why it wouldn’t continue beyond that.

While attending the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Marchant told the assembled media, “I think that’s the joy of doing this series at the moment – we’re still upping the ante.

“The scripts are fantastic. So I don’t think anyone would put a line in the sand to say how much we’re actually going to do.

“It appeals to such a wide audience…We tried to create a peer drama that was shot in a new style, that was shot in a more modern style…

“And I think we managed to get that across. There’s a similarity to American shows like The West Wing walking around, and we try to keep that energy downstairs.

“And then you show the difference upstairs. But I don’t think any of us expected it to have the impact it had.”

Downton Abbey returns to ITV in September.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.