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More Downton Abbey Goodness to Ponder

A charming shot of Cora, Countess of Granthem (Elizabeth McGovern) copyright Daily Mail

A charming shot of Cora, Countess of Granthem (Elizabeth McGovern). Copyright Daily Mail

There’s been a lot of articles and such posted over the weekend, here’s a recap.

A few items of interest:

  • The Australian Better Homes and Gardens TV show created this video that includes clips from S1 and behind the scenes filming of S2. Dig those hairnets!
  • Allen Leech talks of his character, Branson, teaching (or trying to) Lady Edith to drive. A bit scary.
  • The Mirror posted this video of Dan Stevens talking about S2.
  • Mary and Matthew prep for a scene. Copyright the Daily Mail.

    Mary and Matthew prep for a scene. Copyright the Daily Mail.

  • A humorous story of the dogs of Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle has appeared in the Daily Mail.
  • The Daily Mail also posted some great pictures. All the images shown on this post are part of their behind-the-scenes montage. There’s an interesting picture of Edith talking to a mystery soldier. And there does seem to be at least two actors whose roles have not been identified yet.
  • The Telegraph has posted a review of the first episode of S2. They quote Sir Julian Fellowes, “None of them is unaffected by the war. All of them change. And death doesn’t pass Downton Abbey by.” This is the second hint that there will be a death. I think there are a few guess on who might die: The soldier in the image above with Edith or another character introduced in S2 (think Cedric Diggory), William (gets married to Daisy and dies on the front, but really…too typical Hollywood), Thomas or Lang (since they’re at the front), or the bully Carlisle.
  • The Crawley sisters in Downton Abbey S2. Copyright Daily Mail

    The Crawley sisters in Downton Abbey S2. Copyright Daily Mail

    The Digital Spy loves the performance of Amy Nuttall as new maid Ethel, who seems to think the class structure is coming to an end. They also report that “The end of the first episode, for example, will probably make you gasp and wince all at once.” Hmm, we know a maid gets in trouble, now we know Ethel tries to topple the class structure…who does she get in trouble with? (Or maybe that isn’t the shocker at the end of the first episode.)

  • The Life of Wylie has posted many pictures from the actual press event at Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey. One interesting comment here is “Plus one of the most emotional steamy station platform scenes since The Railway Children.” We know two of train scenes: Mary with Matthew and Mary with Carlisle. We don’t know which scene appears in episode 1, but for it to be steamy wouldn’t it have to be the new romance? If the scene were between Matthew and Mary, wouldn’t “angst” be the word, not steamy? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but…
  • The Radio Times also chimed in and they say: “the most affecting scenes in episode one concern Mary and Matthew, whose relationship foundered at the end of the first series. With the action having moved on by two years, they both regret the situation: cue longing looks at functions and charged pleasantries at dinner, with Dockery and Stevens at their best when the script bows out and lets them act with their eyes.” So maybe Life of Wylie was talking about Matthew and Mary? But there have also been references to a dinner scene…any way, sounds like lots of great scenes coming! (Why do US audiences have to wait till January or find other avenues of sneak peeks? Argh.) This article also talks about the impact of the war on both those at the front and those still at home.

Family gathering. Copyright Daily Mail

Family gathering. Copyright Daily Mail

PBS’s MASTERPIECE has posted some pictures of a Downton Abbey S2 press conference in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Downton stars Elizabeth McGovern (“Cora, Countess of Grantham”), Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”), Dan Stevens (“Matthew Crawley”), Siobhan Finneran (“Sarah O’Brien”) attended. Oddly, while the UK media got to see the first episode of S2, the US media did not. But they did get to ask questions. The US media has started posting reports:

  • Zimbio has also posted pictures of the press conference also. Click on the link and then search on an actor’s name.
  • Maureen Ryan (@MoRyan on Twitter) was in the audience at the Beverly Hills conference and has tweeted that PBS will air almost 10 hours (the same as the UK) and that does include the Christmas special, which will air as the last episode of the season on PBS. She also reports Downton Abbey S2 will air over a seven-week period in the US (NOTE: UK episodes 1 & 2 are combined in US, and the Christmas special will be 1 episode in the US). Ms. Ryan posted a very indepth article, but here are a few quotes: “Lavinia may have some hesitation about becoming the lady of the manor in the future.” (Ah, the inheritance is still an issue, but from a different angle.) And Rebecca Eaton, PBS, said “In this series, people will live. People will die. Marriages will be made. Babies will be born.” Hmm, lots of plurals in that statement. We already suspect William and Daisy get married and we know a maid gets in trouble. But will there be other weddings and babies?
  • The Hollywood Reporter posted the live chat, but I haven’t had time to read it.

Chime in and share your thoughts!

4 comments to More Downton Abbey Goodness to Ponder

  • Eolivet

    “Lavinia may have some hesitation about becoming the lady of the manor in the future.”

    I was really confused about that quote until I realized (just now, actually) that what I believe that’s referring to is she doesn’t want to stay at Downton. She wants them to get married and go back to London, I bet, and probably not set foot back there until Matthew inherits. Don’t you think? Because everything else indicates she’s chomping at the bit to be Matthew’s wife, just not the next Countess of Grantham.

    Glad that PBS finally saw the light in terms of not editing S2. :)

    Plus one of the most emotional steamy station platform scenes since The Railway Children.”

    Heh. I was hoping against hope that it meant “steamy” in that sense, until someone I talked to was like “I…think they’re referring to the steam engines.” So “emotional” would be the only adjective there, as in “emotion amidst the steam.” To me, that’s DEFINITELY Matthew/Mary (even if Carlisle proposes to Mary, since we know it’s more of a “business deal” thing — I can’t see that being emotional).

    (Of course, I still can’t reconcile that it’s Mary, not Lavinia who sees him off — but maybe she had to go back to London. Or slept late. Or isn’t a morning person. Or is allergic to steam. ;p )

    (From the teaser, plus the publicity photos, it looks like 2×01 has both a regimental ball/function [which we saw in the teaser, and saw them setting up for in the DS interview video], and a formal dinner at Downton. :)

  • Hi Eolivet, I took the comment about Lavinia becoming lady of the manor that she doesn’t want to live there period. The Crawley’s have a London house and she might be a city girl that wants to live in London year round even after they are married and he inherits. This would be an issue for the “lord of the manner.”

    Yes, I was very shocked to read that PBS would not be cutting any minutes from the air time…I wonder if that’s a first!

    I would cry foul if the writer intended “steamy” to refer to the train’s steam, but I guess that is possible. If it’s the scene with Carlisle (oops, I’ve been using the wrong name, will fix), it could be steamy if he starts pressuring her because he know about Pamuk. Also, the scene with Mary and Matthew at the train station could come very late in the series and have a whole other meaning.

    We have an odd combination of information going right now. The British media saw the first episode and have reported things about it, but they also got to ask questions. So, we don’t really know if all the pictures and information are from epi 1. I suspect the pictures are from various episodes, especially the behind the scenes pictures.

  • Eolivet

    she might be a city girl that wants to live in London year round even after they are married and he inherits. This would be an issue for the “lord of the manner.”

    Excellent point — especially given his previous investment in the cottages, and how he’ll have to run the estate, and can’t do so from London…

    The British media saw the first episode and have reported things about it, but they also got to ask questions. So, we don’t really know if all the pictures and information are from epi 1.

    Except “emotional steamy” was from Life of Wylie, right? His wording before he revealed any details that “For now, here are a few of my impressions about that first episode, hopefully without any major spoilers.”

    Since it was at the very end of his plot points, I HAVE to think it’s in 2×01. But maybe you’re right — I personally like your spec a lot better. ;)

  • Yes, I think it’s clear that one train scene happens in episode one, but we don’t know when the ball (or meet-and-greet or why ever they are in dress uniform) happens. Several things have been clearly stated as the first episode, like Mary finds out Matthew is engaged, but most of the pictures have not been described or explained.

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