Downton Abbey - Fellowes' own family history & Thomas talks of war

~ September 18th ~
Return of Downton Abbey on ITV in UK
AND
Emmy awards in USA with 11 nominations

Woe to Emmy voters if they do not hand the award to Dame Maggie Smith.
She deserves it if only for "Best Performance in a Swivel Chair", let alone her witty one-liners and habit of stealing every scene she's in!

Recent Articles:
Julian Fellowes: My family inspired Downton Abbey
He said at one point one of the returning characters is asked how "things are going in the war" and he can only reply: "Do you know the thing is I just can't talk about it"...
read entire article at The Telegraph

Downton Abbey: The Great War
"DOWNTON Abbey star Rob James-Collier admits he was shocked when he researched the latest twist in his TV career...The nightmare 1916 world of The Somme is about as far from genteel Downton as you can get. And there, among the muddied and bloodied faces, are ex-Manchester solicitor and heir Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Thomas Barrow, played by Rob."
Downton's historical advisor Alastair Bruce shared his personal insight with cast members of his time spent in the Falklands War. “It’s a conversation I’ll never forget,” recalls Rob. “The most amazing, exhilarating and sad conversation I’ve ever had in my life. It helped me immensely to get in the mindset. It couldn’t not. "
read entire article on Life with Wylie

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