The World of Downton Abbey
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
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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.
Julian Fellowes is an acclaimed writer, director, producer, and actor. Among his many screenplays are the Oscar award-winning Gosford Park, as well as Vanity Fair and The Young Victoria. He has directed and performed in numerous films and television series, and is the author of the bestselling novels Snobs and Past Imperfect. He lives in Dorset, England, with his family.
Jessica Fellowes, author of a new book about the successful series Downton Abbey, talks about the story of the Crawleys and the world they inhabit. More at NPR.org
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Acclaim for Downton Abbey: "This extraordinary upstairs-downstairs drama, written by Oscar-winning 'Gosford Park' screenwriter Julian Fellowes, is a dramatic, intelligent, soapy, comic, and wise piece of work." --The Boston Globe "There is no mystery about the potency of this series, slathered in wit, powered by storytelling of a high order." --The Wall Street Journal "Possibly the best show of the year...'Downton Abbey' is all that 'Upstairs, Downstairs' was, and more." --The Los Angeles Times