The World of Downton Abbey: The Secrets and History Unlocked

The World of Downton Abbey: The Secrets and History Unlocked

Jessica Fellowes

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 2:00201385

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The World of Downton Abbey: The Secrets and History Unlocked

Jessica Fellowes

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 2:00201385

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A lavish look at the real world--both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama--of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton Abbey

April 1912. The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear that it seems as if the way it represents will last for another thousand years. It won't.

Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family--and their servants--on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book--illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons--takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

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progressed, officers stopped wearing their ranking badges because they made them too easy a target for the Germans. But so they could still be identified they designed battlefield emblems–colour swatches that would be sewn onto the back of their jackets. Other ranks wore tunics of much hairier fabric, with collarless grey serge shirts and tunics that buttoned up to the neck. * * * Mess kit Lord Grantham’s mess kit is copied from one that was worn by an officer in the Indian Guides in

of a time when Mrs Keppel, the King’s much admired and married mistress, was urgently summoned to the country. Stepping into the hansom cab with her luggage, she gave the name of the station: ‘King’s Cross.’ ‘Is he? Oh dear,’ said the cabby, whipping up his horse. Even so, the attitude towards relationships between men and women was far from being a case of ‘anything goes’. The magnitude of what has happened–in Mary’s view–cannot be underestimated. Anita Leslie, herself the daughter of a noble

was never offered or nibbled, I felt guilt at my pleasurable excitement, and a practice of deceit began–hidden letters, denial of hand-holding (my mother felt strongly on this score), and many little lies to save her disappointment in me.’ What a young girl knew of marriage would have been dependent on what their older, more experienced relatives could bring themselves to relate. As one might imagine, this could be quite a shy-making event. Daisy, Countess of Warwick, asserted that: ‘Society

BAIZE DOOR / GREAT HALL Daisy comes up the grim kitchen staircase and pushes open the door. Beyond is a different world, with the light from a high glass dome playing on pictures in gilt frames, on Turkish carpets and the gleaming floor. In a long, tracking shot, we follow her as she crosses the great hall into the marble-floored entrance hall. The world of Downton Abbey is thoroughly embedded in the reality of life in Britain a hundred years ago. But for all that is real about it, the

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