We all love Dame Maggie Smith, but it has (arguably) been her role in Downton Abbey which has seen her become admired by pretty much the entire planet, so no wonder the Queen wants to honour her – again!
The Dame part of her name gives away the fact that this is not the first time Maggie has been given the royal nod from Her Majesty, and she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1990 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts. Read more & comment »
As if having a feature length Downton Abbey on Christmas Day wasn’t exciting enough, it’s been revealed today that the show is now going to release its very own Christmas album too! Read more & comment »
One of the big cliffhangers from the last series of Downton Abbey was the love life of Lady Mary, which saw her offered two marriage proposals.
As we have previously reported, Mary decides to take the somewhat modern path of trying out a relationship before marriage, and arranges a dirty weekend away with one of her suitors in the first episode, which Unreality TV were lucky enough to watch at the new series’ press launch last month. Read more & comment »
We can’t get enough of all the excitement building over the new series of Downton Abbey, and it seems that the cast feel the same as they have all been out in force to talk about it!
The fourth series of Downton left us with a few unanswered questions, and a few hints of happier times for the future – None more that the love life of Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery). Read more & comment »
The wait for the fifth series of Downton Abbey is nearly over, and in the build-up to this glorious event, some of the show’s cast have been sharing some series secrets that we thought you might be interested in!
When we left the great estate at the end of the show’s run last year, the Grantham family were just starting to come to terms with the loss of Matthew Crawley, and his widow Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) even had two marriage proposals to choose from, But which – if either – one will she accept? Read more & comment »
That Mrs Patmore has a lot to answer for, given that it’s been reported today that the cast of Downton Abbey have been told to lose weight ahead of the new series, and just to make sure they do, the show’s bosses have apparently reduced their snack time!
According to The Sun newspaper, all of the show’s cast – and even Downton writer Julian Fellowes – are “addicted” to the sandwiches that are provided for them to munch on between takes during filming… Read more & comment »
We couldn’t be more excited if we tried – The fifth series of Downton Abbey has begun filming!
At least we can rely on one British television institute to work like clockwork when it comes to the production of each new series, and yet again Downton Abbey has not let us down. Read more & comment »
Good news for Downton Abbey fans – Michelle Dockery has revealed that she has no intentions of leaving the show!
Dockery has kept us all entertained playing Lady Mary in the hit ITV period drama since it first began back in 2010, but the future of her character was thrown into uncertainty in 2012 when, on Christmas Day, her on-screen husband, Matthew was killed off! Read more & comment »
Since Downton Abbey first appeared on our ITV screens back in 2010 it has always been known that there has to be a time limit on it.
After all if we followed the lives of those living in the great estate from the 1920’s where it currently is, up until recent times, it would be less appealing as a period drama, and more like a soap! Read more & comment »
In my review of the last episode of Downton Abbey series four I commented how I felt Julian Fellowes was holding back the conclusion of a number of his storylines. Indeed, the ambiguous nature off Bates’ story and the references to Cora’s family led me to believe that ITV had more invested in tonight’s episode than they did the series itself. To an extent I was right as tonight’s special featured an all-star cast and many definitive conclusions to stories. In addition it set up two major stories for the fifth series which I’m sure will excite long-time fans of the show. At the same time I can’t help but think that tonight’s special could have been much more than what it was and I have to say I was a little disappointed when it finished.
One of my main issues with series four of Downton Abbey has been the over-abundance of needless subplots throughout the past eight weeks. While Mary, Edith, Anna and Bates have been well-served with gripping stories this series, there have been others that have been less lucky. A prime example of this has been the below-stairs romance between the younger servants which hasn’t interested me one iota, while Bates’ old music hall companion reappearing really didn’t go anywhere. I was also personally disappointed with tonight’s closing instalment, mainly because all the exciting moments seemingly happened off-screen.
It’s hard to believe that this Sunday will see the last instalment of the current series of Downton Abbey, but before the depressions starts sinking in we still have a whopper of an episode to look forward to – and we have some pics to show you in advance!
We were all left shocked by the fact the not only is Lady Edith pregnant, but that she is not married to the father as he is not only missing, but still married to someone else! Read more & comment »
One of the main issues I have with Downton Abbey is that it occasionally struggles to balance the tone between its many storylines. For example, we’ve seen Anna attempting to deal with the dark events of a few weeks ago but at the same time have seen lighter moments such as Violet and Isobel’s bickering and the family’s reaction to a rowdy jazz band performing in the house. This week’s instalment continues that theme as we witness a monumental decision for Edith alongside Mary frolicking around in the mud with the latest in a long line of suave suitors.
It’s fair to say that this series of Downton Abbey has delivered more light than shade. Though there have been some humorous segments, they’ve mostly been overshadowed by a certain event which caused some fans to stop watching all together. However, I found this week to be a lot more uplifting and I have to admit that I laughed a fair few times throughout the episode. That’s not to say that there was no drama to speak of, but with all the jazz music and Maggie Smith putdowns I hardly noticed it.