Star Wars director JJ Abrams: Downton Abbey needs more special effects

Episode VII helmsman might be a big fan of ITV's hit period drama, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for some Star Trek-style improvement


It’s no secret that JJ Abrams is a fan of Downton Abbey. The Star Wars and Star Trek director has even been down to visit the set of the hit ITV period drama.


But, while he’s not shy when it comes to heaping praise on the show, calling it “cleverly written and brilliantly cast”, it seems he’s not afraid to offer Julian Fellowes a little constructive criticism either. 

When asked by the Metro whether Downton Abbey would benefit from a few Star Wars style camera tricks, JJ Abrams replied: “That’s the only thing it’s lacking – an enormous amount of lights directed at the camera. That would improve the show at least ten times.” 

Hmm, what do you reckon?

We suppose the Crawleys could embark on a few high-speed horse and cart chases?

Perhaps those tension-filled dinners could carry some more fast-paced camera action. Maybe even a high-impact close up of the condiment tray falling to the ground and salt going EVERYWHERE. 

Or perhaps the Abbey could receive a late night visit from mysterious extraterrestrial beings. There’s definitely room to park a UFO on the lawn…

Downton Abbey series four concludes on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV.