Downton Abbey is charming for so many reasons – it would be impossible to list them all here, but the one thing that sets it far above the rest is the fact that the entire thing has come from one man’s imagination.
Julian Fellowes, and Julian Fellowes alone came up with the concept of a show about the typically British aristocratic Grantham family moving with modern times alongside their large body of servants and staff downstairs in the roaring 20’s. Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt could be set to quit the ITV period drama in order to move to America and pursue a career in films.
The news comes hot on the heels of her win at the Golden Globes earlier this week. Joanne won the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of maid Anna Bates, who, in a previous series, was the victim of an horrific rape at the hands of valet, Mr Green.
Downton Abbey star, Joanne Froggatt, has experienced the “most shocking moment” of her life after bagging a Golden Globe!
The actress, who plays rape victim Anna Bates in the hit ITV period drama, has picked up the prestigious award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series, at the ceremony, which was held over the weekend. Read more & comment »
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, has backed a campaign to help save one of the shows filming locations!
The Old Grammar School at Bampton in Oxfordshire has been a constant source of filming for the hit ITV period drama since series two when it was used as the makeshift hospital set up by Lady Sybil to treat wounded soldiers during the First World War. Read more & comment »
With Christmas finally celebrated at Downton Abbey this year, thoughts have instantly turned back to just how much longer the show has left to go, and now one of its main stars has addressed the subject.
Over the years we have grown accustomed to a little misery from the Grantham family over the festive period, with not so much as a jingling bell in sight. Read more & comment »
2014 has been a great year for British television, with some real surprises in every category – But as per usual it was the Great British Drama which has raised the bar for many years to come.
We have had long-anticipated returns from some of our favourites, some continuations that didn’t disappoint, and a few surprise hits all contributing to making 2014 a year to remember. Read more & comment »
It’s Christmas Day, and no doubt you’ve been running around like a headless chicken for the last few weeks in order to prepare for the annual visit of the rather glory stealing Father Christmas, and – if you’re very unlucky – the annual visit of the in-laws too…
Last night saw this year’s Text Santa campaign air on ITV, and the annual fundraiser broke its own record when it came to the total amount raised!
Those of you tuning in to the extravaganza would have seen treats such as McBusted taking on a special Bushtucker Trial, just like those which are featured in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, hosted by the delightful Ant & Dec. Read more & comment »
Most people at some point in their lives have indulged in a little role play during their ‘adult’ time, and the stereotypical versions of this when portrayed on TV and films always seem to be of a period costume nature…
So it makes perfect sense that Downton Abbey has become a bit of a category of its own in such activities.
ITV have finally announced details of the Downton Abbey Christmas episode which is to be set in the autumn of 1924, when the drama returns to our screens on the 25th December. The two hour episode will be shown on ITV on Christmas Day.
There will be a number of new additions to the cast for the special instalment, including cast Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart, Sleepy Hollow), who will take on the role of Stowell, the Sinderbys’ butler. Also joining is BAFTA Award nominee, Jane Lapotaire (Blind Justice, Shooting Fish, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble) who will play the much talked about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia).
There is no denying that Downton Abbey has become a worldwide phenomenon, but it seems that Japanese devotees are going one step further and rather than just watching the show with subtitles, education authorities have reportedly introduced the show into the national school curriculum!
While the majority of the nation faces the gloomy fact that Downton Abbey is now over for another year, it is some comfort to know that rather than just one Christmas Special to look forward to next month.
As we have previously reported, this year the cast of the hit ITV period drama will be coming together to make a special episode of Downton for the very worthwhile Text Santa fundraising campaign. Read more & comment »
There’s joyous news for fans of Downton Abbey today as ITV have confirmed that they’ve re-commissioned Julian Fellowes’ period drama for a sixth run which will air in the autumn of 2015.
And it seems that storylines for the show’s sixth outing are well in-hand as it’s also been reported today that The Good Wife star Matthew Goode has been cast to play the role of yet another of Lady Mary Crawley’s would be suitors. Read more & comment »
It would seem that Game of Thrones author, George RR Martin, has passed his goodwill on to one of Britain’s finest writers, as Julian Fellowes has revealed that the newest Downton Abbey character was named by a fan after a charity auction.
The world went a bit crazy when George RR Martin told fans that they could name a character in his next book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire to be killed most gruesomely by himself. Read more & comment »