Downton Abbey jewellery collection “not offical merchandise” and the Yanks are a’comin’!

by Lynn Connolly

Our first snippet of Downton news today is that US TV network PBS have been ordered to stop selling a range of jewellery that the network sold under the Downton Abbey brand name.

And according to Digital Spy, when the makers of Downton, Carnival Films, discovered the network was selling the jewellery, they demanded it was immediately removed from the website store.

A Carnival Films spokesperson is quoted as saying, “There is no dispute, it was a mistake on PBS’s part [to identify the jewellery with the show’s characters].

“It was part of an ongoing conversation with PBS. It isn’t a big issue.

“We didn’t want viewers to think this was the jewellery that the characters wore…”

Meanwhile, A PBS rep said, “ShopPBS obtained jewellery from a number of third-party vendors and placed them within a collection of products dedicated to Downton Abbey.

“An email from the business affairs office of NBC/Carnival was received requesting that we remove these items.

“PBS complied immediately and the products are no longer being offered.”

In other news from Downton, Elizabeth McGovern, who of course plays Lady Cora, has told the Sun that her character’s family are on their way over the pond in time to arrive for series three.

She also revealed that she’s loving the role of Lady Grantham, and teased that in series three, there will be two weddings!

Of playing Cora, Elizabeth said, “I feel a bit guilty because I get paid to do something that is so much fun.

“We have a lot of laughs. I love the team behind Downton so it really is a joy.”

But Elizabeth also revealed that although her costumes are beautiful, they can become uncomfortable.

She said, “They put you in a corset and, baby, they squeeze that tight!

“At the end of the day my intensities are in my throat and in my legs! It’s very hard work.

“I enjoy wearing them but it’s nice to leave them at work.”

The third series of Downton Abbey is expected to air later this year.

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.